Baby Changing Table

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 01-05-2015 03:38 AM 1461 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked if I would build a changing table for their new son. Due to bad weather, and the baby’s arrival Dec 22nd, I didn’t get through with it in time. But he is a healthy little feller and she is doing great. Dad also.

We delivered it this weekend and set it up…and we just had to do a “Dry fit” to make sure the little guy fits properly. :-)

When the weather gets a little warmer and not as wet, I will spray the clear finish on the door and drawer fronts and go install them.

The sides and top are 3/4 inch Baltic Birch. The bottom and dividing wall are regular birch 3/4 inch plywood. The pad guard is 5/8 inch Birch hardwood. The face frame is also Birch hardwood as is the door frame. I used pocket screw construction to assemble the face frame. I also used pocket screws to attach the frame to the carcase…from underneath the bottom and from above the stretcher on top.

I attached the top to the frame by pre drilling a dozen holes in the top stretcher and then running the screws up into the top from underneath. If it ever needs to be removed, it will be a simple matter of removing the screws and just lift it off.

The drawer are 5/8 inch thick poplar milled from glued up panels. The drawer slides are full extension, soft close ball bearing variety and the door has Blum soft close hinges.

The finish consists of several steps. Antique Red Cherry dye was sprayed on the bare wood. Then Rustoleum Black Cherry stain was applied. After a seal coat of clear finish, General Finishes Van Dyke glaze was applied, then wiped off. Several more coats of finish (Parks Pro Finishes Crystal Clear Satin) were applied. We got the look we were after and my daughter loves it.

This project was also my first project to be designed using Sketchup. I have come a long ways in about two months. I couldn’t even draw a rectangle when I started. :-(

Thanks for looking.

Face frame

Dry fit

Half blind dovetails for the drawers.

Sketchup views.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 01:27 PM

Congrats Gramps. Super nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 06:09 PM

Aw geezz, don’t change that baby, Keep the one ya got …
Great job on a wonderful project.
You put a lot of planning, craftsmanship and love into that piece and it shows.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 07:05 PM

Thank you, thank you.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 08:51 PM

Well Done, that a very nice gift!

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 03:59 AM

Awesome and great sketch up also, I really need to get back to learning that better

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 03:11 AM

It’s official. This project is finished! We finally got some decent weather so I could spray the clear finish on the drawer fronts and the door.

Today, we installed them using the hardware my daughter had picked out. The door has Blum soft close hinges.

They’re happy so I am happy.

Note: Dang cell phone. Two pics from the same spot – two different exposures. Sorry about that.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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