Projects #1: Dresser/Baby Changing Table

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Blog entry by fladdy posted 02-15-2011 05:57 PM 4894 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first time actually doing a blog on here, although I’ve posted a few projects already. I’m in the process of designing a dresser/baby changing table for my 1st child that is due in 2 months (it’s a girl). I’ve looked at some dressers and baby changing tables posted on here already and have gotten a lot of ideas and tips already. I’ve made a gun cabinet over 10 years ago when I was in high school, but that’s the largest project I’ve ever taken on. So, I’ll get into the specifics of what I’m thinking.

I want this to be made so that we can use it as a dresser for the girl as she gets older, so it converts from a changing table to a dresser. I’ve seen one really nice one on here that I am kind of modeling mine after by Cheyenne ( My wife also wants a side cabinet about the same height as the dresser (and I’m thinking about 24” wide) that we could use to put a diaper bin in or something like that. She also wants another “box” on top of that cabinet to use as a closet to hang some of the baby’s clothes on. I’m thinking in the future it could hold a smaller tv or trophies that she wins (not a fan of tv in the bedroom for a little girl yet). I want to make the dresser and the other cabinet as two separate pieces so that when we move, it doesn’t have to be broken apart to get around the corners.

I’m thinking of the following dimensions for the dresser part. 54 wide x 40 tall x 21 deep. Using 8/4 wood in the corners for strength, full extension drawer slides, 3 rows of drawers with 2 on the top row. I would build some sort of tray to hold a changing pad in that would sit on top of the dresser possibly securing it to the dresser with some runners on the very back side so that you can’t and won’t see the screw holes in the future.

The cabinet piece would be 24 wide x 70 tall (overall) x 21 deep. Also using 8/4 wood in the corners to match, 2 raised panel doors for the cabinet, and an open box with a closet rod for the box on top, mitering the rails and styles for looks.

On the sides of all “boxes” I would do a panel type look by putting a mullion over the top of the plywood. This way I can easily build boxes without having to miter long pieces of plywood. I’m not quite sure how I would secure the 2 pieces together yet, I’m hoping for some suggestions. I like the idea of them possibly being 2 stand alone pieces in the future as my girl gets older. I was originally thinking of building it out of cherry but my wife says that’s too expensive for us right now.

I will post pictures as I build this. I’m open to any suggestions that people may have on any part of this project whether it by type of wood to personal experiences to how to finish it or even style of drawer handles.

Now I need to measure my hallway to see if I can get something of these sizes up the stairs, around the corner and into the room!

-- Fladdy

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