Changing Table

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Project by Tim29 posted 05-17-2010 06:38 AM 3284 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a changing table for our Daughter. We did not however, feel compelled to spend the $800 for one. So once again I bought several pieces of 2×6 and construction plywood and went to town making this new project.
I did have a bad problem with tearout on the top. I have not ever really experienced this problem until this project. I have to say that I am not a fan.
I would have liked to put drawers and doors on piece but building it this way made it much easier to get done and made it much cheaper. Plus I can always add them later.
The finish is 1 coat of Minwax Dark Walnut wood finish, then 1 coat of Minwax Red Mahogany finish. Then two coats of spray polyurethane, one brush on coat of poly, then two more spray coats of poly. Doing it this way is much more expensive but worth it. The two stains makes for a much richer color in the wood.
thanks for looking

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 06:49 AM

Considering pine and plywood, that’s an awesome stain job.
Very nice work.

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 07:31 AM

excelent work

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 08:49 AM

What?? You change you Daughter in the Front Room? That’s where I’d be Proud to have this Beauty sitting!

Nice Piece of Work Tim. I’m sure your Daughter and the next 4 or 5 Children will appreciate it also. (Don’t tell your Charming Wife I said that.) ;-}


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#4 posted 05-17-2010 02:32 PM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 03:13 PM

Awesome job on the chaninging table. When she grows up and don’t need a changing table make it into a book case. Fantastic work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 03:26 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 03:48 PM

That looks like a nice solid table.

If you didn’t use any sealer/pre-stain wood conditioner before the stain, that turned out well.

Did you model this off the $800 table you saw, or a different table, or a design of your own?

Just think, the money you saved on this project can buy more tools, or be the start of your daughter’s college fund. ;)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 06:26 PM

Thanks for the comments everybody.
To Jonathan- I did not use a preconditioner on this project. I have tried it before and really it did not make that big of a difference for me but I could have just been using it wrong.
This table is basically my own design. I orginally planned to make the same piece that was in a pottery barn catalog that had a drawer on the top but saw a similar one and my wife thought she might bump her elbow too much. So I redesigned the table to just have the flat top. While we were on the trip to pick the lumber I saw the screw on table legs and redesigned the front in my head while standing there with the lumber cart. I dont suggest doing that but it was a happy accident. So I took the leg to the bandsaw, cut it in half, sanded the back flat and there it is on the front.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 08:06 PM

Great work, I like the fluted leg addition. If your child knew what she was being changed on, she’d be proud, when she steals it for a book case, she will be. :)

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#10 posted 05-18-2010 03:12 AM

nice job, I like all the detail. I can see it being handed down from generation to generation!

-- Wayne,Saint John,NB

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 10:58 PM

nice job, feels good to be able to build your own stuff. keep at it

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#12 posted 03-12-2012 11:28 PM

Very impressive….... especially with the materials that you chose !!

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#13 posted 12-30-2012 02:53 PM

I have to agree with Dusty…this is great! This site always amazes me…every time I think I have my mind made up about what it takes to make beautiful, quality projects, someone like you posts a project that makes me do some re-thinking.

-- Steve

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