|Project by JBWelker||posted 11-12-2015 02:50 PM||758 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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