|Project by spazinout||posted 01-29-2016 04:44 PM||1702 views||10 times favorited||15 comments|
It has been a while since I posted anything, but here we are, finally. I started on this dresser/changing table a couple of months after my wife and I found out that we were going to be new parents.
The original chest of drawers design comes from The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnoulo. Of course, as wood workers, we can’t just get a plan and build it, we have to put our own spin on it, so there are some modifications. His original plan has the main case lifted up off the ground on legs. Being as my wife and I wanted to use it as a changing table, those were the first to go, to get it to a manageable height. Then part of the way through the process, Marc came out with another video and plan for a “woven rolling hamper.” Now I know this isn’t a hamper, but I absolutely fell in love with the look of the woven panel and knew I had to incorporate it into this build. (for all of you out there worried about having “open” sides, don’t worry, I was able to modify and get a 1/4 inch piece of plywood in behind the weave, so everything is closed).
Toward the end of the build I started having some real fun with the design of the top, the frame for the changing table pad, and the mirror that will replace the changing table frame once our little girl is older. I also made my own handles, something I’m glad I did, but don’t relish the idea of doing again. I think they compliment the dresser nicely, but I really struggled working with the small pieces.
All the main components are made of solid cherry and walnut, a combination that I can’t seem to get away from. Those two woods just seem to me to have been made for one another. Then the accents that you see on the top are quartersawn sycamore. I used the qtrswn sycamore for the drawers as well, as it was much cheaper, and the pieces were plenty wide, so that I didn’t have to glue up so many panels. All the drawers are dovetailed in the front and have pinned dadoes for the back.
Our little girl was due January 24th, but came a little early, on the 19th. So Daddy had to do the final assembly once we got back home. I can only hope that this will be a piece that she treasures for a lifetime. Thanks for looking