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Walnut Bookmatched Changing Table

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Project by Matt Cremona posted 06-29-2015 06:53 PM 1622 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Besides being a changing table for our upcoming first, this was a design experiment. I wanted to play with having the visible elements of the piece be bookmatched. So the two sides, top, and drawer fronts are all bookmatched. It would have also been really cool to use one set of boards for the sides and top so the grain would wrap all the way around the piece but the boards I had were too short to achieve that. I also wanted to play with the idea of incorporating some sapwood in the panels so you’ll see some in the center of the side panels and the front edge of the bottom. I added a curve to the bottom rail that followed the natural curvature of the grain. Overall, I’m really happy with the overall look of this one. Hope you like it!

Materials:

Primarily case elements are walnut.

Rear drawer divider, drawer runners, and drawer bottoms are green ash.

Drawer sides and backs are black ash.


Joinery:

Top and sides are joined with half blind dovetails.

Bottom and shelf are joined to the sides with blind dados.

Web frame – Front and back dividers are joined to the sides with sliding dovetails and the drawer runner are joined to the dividers with mortise and tenon.

Lower arched rail (and hidden rear rail) are joined to the sides with dovetails.

Drawers are half blind dovetails in the front and through dovetails in the back. The drawer bottom is a beveled panel.

The backboards are shiplapped.


More pictures:
http://www.mattcremona.com/portfolio_page/walnut-changing-table

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com





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Mosquito

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 07:00 PM

Nice work Matt. Love the finish on that walnut too. Figure is sweet.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 07:10 PM

Thanks Chris!


Nice work Matt. Love the finish on that walnut too. Figure is sweet.

- Mosquito


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 07:48 PM

Little Cremona is going to be one spoiled child! Changing table / dresser even before he/she is born!

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com

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#4 posted 06-29-2015 08:03 PM

That’s the plan :)

Thanks Matthew!!


Little Cremona is going to be one spoiled child! Changing table / dresser even before he/she is born!

- Matthew Morris


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#5 posted 06-29-2015 09:23 PM

Wow, that came out great Matt. And the book matched panels are beautiful. Very soon, you will be actually using it for other, well, more messy reasons.

-- Guy, Indianapolis, IN - https://www.youtube.com/user/GuysWoodshop - Instagram – https://instagram.com/guyswoodshop/

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#6 posted 06-29-2015 09:24 PM

haha! Very soon :) Thanks Guy!


Wow, that came out great Matt. And the book matched panels are beautiful. Very soon, you will be actually using it for other, well, more messy reasons.

- Guy Dunlap


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 10:43 PM

Maybe you should just cover it in plastic until the kid can walk? Don’t want to ruin that finish.


haha! Very soon :) Thanks Guy!

Wow, that came out great Matt. And the book matched panels are beautiful. Very soon, you will be actually using it for other, well, more messy reasons.

- Guy Dunlap

- Matt Cremona


-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com

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Tim Royal

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#8 posted 06-29-2015 10:54 PM

Matt… loving your work on this!! – Tim Royal

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#9 posted 06-30-2015 12:26 AM

well this showed up here faster than i thought, wow matt, this turned out just gorgeous, the bookmatched walnut is a real eye catcher, and i love your hand cut dovetails, you have gotten to be so good at that, i thought i would see this on your weekly update, maybe i missed it…your new baby is going to be so spoiled…surrounded by dads beautiful furniture…great job matt.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 06-30-2015 12:30 AM

Just like a plastic covered couch!


Maybe you should just cover it in plastic until the kid can walk? Don t want to ruin that finish.

haha! Very soon :) Thanks Guy!

Wow, that came out great Matt. And the book matched panels are beautiful. Very soon, you will be actually using it for other, well, more messy reasons.

- Guy Dunlap

- Matt Cremona

- Matthew Morris


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 12:30 AM

Thank you Tim!


Matt… loving your work on this!! – Tim Royal

- revrok


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#12 posted 06-30-2015 12:31 AM

You haven’t missed anything. I’m about to go shoot that update now. :) Thanks so much Bob!


well this showed up here faster than i thought, wow matt, this turned out just gorgeous, the bookmatched walnut is a real eye catcher, and i love your hand cut dovetails, you have gotten to be so good at that, i thought i would see this on your weekly update, maybe i missed it…your new baby is going to be so spoiled…surrounded by dads beautiful furniture…great job matt.

- grizzman


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 11:50 AM

That turned out great Matt.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#14 posted 06-30-2015 01:10 PM

Matt,
Another great project and as always love your way of transforming common indigenous woods you mill yourself into amazing workpieces with striking character and uniqueness. Best wishes with your upcoming addition and look forward to watching your Youtube videos.
Best,
Joel

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#15 posted 06-30-2015 04:51 PM

Thanks Tom!


That turned out great Matt.

- Tom Pritchard


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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