Arts and Crafts Changing Table / Dresser

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Project by JBWelker posted 11-12-2015 02:50 PM 758 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this changing table / dresser to go along with the crib that my father-in-law made for the birth of our first son. The design and plans came from an article in Popular Mechanics magazine, although I slightly tweaked a few aspects of it. The case is made from solid red oak with the exception of the back panel which I used red oak plywood. The drawer fronts are all from the same curly red oak board that I had sitting around waiting to find a good use for. The drawer boxes are constructed from maple with red oak plywood bottoms.

The build was pretty straight-forward except for the drawers. I installed soft-close drawer slides, which I had never used before. I ordered the slides and they came in after I had the drawers built. Unfortunately, I built the drawers for the wrong clearances that were needed for the slides. Instead of rebuilding the drawers, I didn’t want to waste the curly red oak board, I had to rip the drawer sides and backs down. This was extremely challenging with the boxes already glued up. I did manage to get it adjusted, but there are some flaws that resulted from this mistake.

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the dresser. Like with all builds, I learned quite a few lessons to apply to future projects.

-- Josh, Missouri

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 04:02 PM

Really nice job.

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 04:19 PM

Great job. And that grain is crazy.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 10:03 PM

You did a fine job on that changing chest.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 02:50 PM

beautiful chest

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#5 posted 11-17-2015 06:34 PM

That really nice, love the wood…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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