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Changing Table Build.. #3: Coming along now..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 05-16-2013 11:56 PM 705 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Now time for something completely different.. Part 3 of Changing Table Build.. series Part 4: Nearly There...Plus My First hand cut Mortise and Tenon joints »

I made a lot of progress yesterday. I was able to finish up both side panels and today after work I got started on the top and planning out the stretchers. It turns out I may not need to use any of the twoby materials I bought with the shelves due to the large amount of miscuts from the bench build.

I also wanted to address the comments about never using the changing table for changing diapers. I know this… you know this but I have a 9 month pregnant wife who is going to be induced a week and a half early who is really upset about the lack of furniture for the baby in his room. So if she wants a diaper station.. I can try and build one. We haven’t had a shower for the baby because we are located on a Navy base in the PNW and all of our family lives in Texas. They are too cheap to fly out and see us or even get anything from the registry so everything we have for him we have had to buy ourselves and money is tight. This is the least I can do for her.

Now back to the build.

The sides are my first time cutting joinery like this but I am having fun and learning things along the way. I just cut a dado and chiseled it out to fit the side stretchers in. Glued them in and doweled them. Pretty sure the dowels are over kill but I want it to be a bit more sturdy than the crap from Wallyworld.

Still pretty much making it up as I go along but I think I can get this at least ready to have some finish applied by tonight or early tomorrow after work. I basically have the rest of today, half of tomorrow and all of Saturday to finish so it’s basically a flurry of sawdust in the shop right now lol.

Here are todays batch of pics…

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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Don W

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 12:03 AM

great job Eric. I jut wish you’d hurry up. I mean, its been 2 days already!!

Just kidding of course. I know its hard enough to keep the wife happy, but at 9 months pregnant, there is nothing but hormones. Hang in there, it’ll be all over soon.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 12:28 AM

And when Don says it’ll all be over soon, what he means is that the next three months of your life will be a sleep deprived blur of undifferentiated crying and chaos.

Once you get through that and the kiddo starts smiling at you, you’re golden. Now back to work!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Buckethead

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 12:59 AM

This is the absolute best kind of project. I’ll be so bold as to say that your wife will in fact use the changing table for its intended purpose. She will keep it, and cherish it even more in years to come.

Congratulations, too!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 01:32 AM

Hang in there. The worst (and best) is yet to come. Yeah the dowels are overkill but add a nice handmade touch. Yer doin good!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 12:58 PM

I dunno bout all the folks that don’t use the changing tables. Ours gets abused, pee’d one, and well, soiled every now and again. Between that and the diaper genie, id consider them the most used “tools” in our baby arsenal.

BT nailed it too, prepare to be blurry for about 3 months lol.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Airframer

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 01:21 PM

Thanks guys. It is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Only a couple more baby free days left!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Mauricio

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 04:04 PM

Making Mama happy is very important Eric! Looking good!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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