Changing Table/Dresser #1: SketchUp Design

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Blog entry by chambbj posted 08-25-2007 05:03 AM 1644 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first project. My first post.

With a lot of inspiration from my father-in-law, I’ve recently gotten very interested in woodworking. I don’t really have room for a shop or many tools of my own, but after finding a community workshop not far from my house, I thought the time might be right to finally give this a shot. I think one of my great motivations in woodworking is the chance to make functional furniture for my family.

Though I’m worried it may be a little ambitious for a first project, I’ve settled on a changing table/dresser for our nursery. I’ve included a single picture of the SketchUp design as it currently stands, and will include updates as I revise it. I’ve got a few obvious things missing currently, including the door and shelving on the right side of the dresser. I’ve not included a lot of detail to comment on at this point, but I do look forward to hearing your comments.


-- Brad, Northern Virginia

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#1 posted 08-25-2007 12:19 PM

ambitious is right!!! Gotta love you people who jump right in and go for the big stuff.

I’m looking forward to following the table’s development.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-25-2007 05:50 PM

If you can read you can do it. it may take a little work but don’t get discouraged. We’ll all help.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-25-2007 10:23 PM

this type of project will have a very rewarding finish to it. I’m finally completing the crib that goes with the changing table/dresser that I made a few months back. The end product is very rewarding. If you get any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, there are lots of people here to help out. One thing I noticed on your picture, realizing that you said there wasn’t much detail to it, but are you considering putting a railing around the back and sides? I was originally thinking about leaving it off, but after using it, it helps out tremendouly for keeping the changing pad from sliding off the top. It also makes a great place to put toys to distract the little one.

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#4 posted 08-26-2007 01:52 AM

Thanks everybody for the interest and offers of help!

Rick, I’ve gone back and forth on the rail. I may end up making a removable top that has the rail on the sides and back, but I’m just not sure I’d want it on there long term, assuming we’ll continue to use the dresser post diaper days. Thanks for the input, and we’ll see what happens!

-- Brad, Northern Virginia

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 08-26-2007 05:39 AM

I don’t know for sure, but it sounds as though your father – in – law is trying to keep you away from his daughter!

This can get to be an obsession, if your not careful like me.LOL

Good luck with your project!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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