Baby Charlee's Changing Table

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Project by Don Broussard posted 06-15-2014 12:13 AM 1471 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and daughter-in-law were expecting a baby on June 24. However, Mother Nature had another plan and Baby Charlee was born on April 11. I had committed to building a changing table for the baby but with the revised schedule, the furniture piece had to move up on the to-do list. My son and I worked a few weekends on it and it was delivered about a week before Charlee went home. BTW, mother, baby and father are all doing fine.

The then-prospective parents saw a similar piece in a furniture store, so they took pictures and measurements. Since my daughter-in-law is left-handed, she wanted the “tower” on the left. We resized the drawers to their liking, and built the face frame, then built the cabinet itself, using pocket hole joinery, and the drawer boxes. The “client” wanted soft-close, full-extension drawer glides. I did get help installing the drawer glides because of the fast-track delivery and the fact that my installations were not going well (I hope that I can still keep my man-card.). The carcase is of birch plywood and the drawer fronts and the door are poplar. We knew from the beginning that they were going to paint the finished piece. The new parents did the painting and glazing.

Thanks for looking!

Pic 1—Finished and in service. I understand that it’s already too small!

Pic 2—New dad Jason doing some assembly work.

Pic 3—Delivered and as-yet unfinished project.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 12:24 AM

Great job. Wonderful that it’s a happy ending.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 12:36 AM

You guys did good! I’m sooo glad Charlee continues to thrive.

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

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 12:38 AM

Total family project. Great work, Don.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 12:50 AM

Beautiful Don. Wonderful to have your granddaughter coming home.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 12:58 AM

Nice team work Don, that really turned out great and the paint really looks nice as well…

So great to hear that Charlee is home now!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 01:27 AM

Congratulations on baby Charlee’s home coming, Don! You and Jason did a great job on the changing table. I can hear him now telling her “Your papa and I built this and Mom and I painted it just for you!” Love the line about it being too small already! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 06-15-2014 01:54 AM

sweet ,great job you both did Charlee good ,now thats a home coming gift

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 06-15-2014 05:02 AM

Great looking piece.
Glad that it can now be put to use!!!
Looking forward to hearing more about all of Charlee’s milestones!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 06-15-2014 12:53 PM

Looks good!

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#10 posted 06-15-2014 06:12 PM

Hello Don Broussard

Great work

Great looking piece

And a nicely evenement

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 01:36 AM

Very we’ll done Don.

To late for my kids and grand kids, but maybe great grand kids in the not to distant future.

It’s on my “to do” list.


-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#12 posted 06-16-2014 02:18 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. It was fun building this with my son, and I am pretty sure he had fun as well. We will both sign and date the back so Charlee will have some evidence of its construction by her Dad and her Pepere.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#13 posted 06-23-2014 04:22 PM

Very nice work my friend

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 10-19-2014 03:53 AM

Nice job, Don. I am looking for ideas for something similar for my daughter. Her baby is due the week of Christmas so I need to get-after-it. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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