Woodsmith hutch turned changing table

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Project by jred posted 1528 days ago 1651 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished the construction phase of this project from the recent Woodsmith magazine. The lower half of the two-piece project seemed to be exactly what i needed. I altered the depth to make it a little more suitable as a baby changing table and added the rail on top. The piece is made out of cherry hardwood and 3/4 cherry ply and was relatively easy to build. (much less time consuming than the crib!)

I’m actually not posting this to display my work, but to invite some suggestions for finishing. The maple crib gave me fits and so I’m thinking about a simpler oil-type finish, perhaps danish oil with a coat of poly or just wax. A question on that would be whether to get the cherry colored Watco danish oil or just the regular stuff.
Any input would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 1528 days ago

Nice work, on the hutch.

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#2 posted 1528 days ago

Nice job. Having raised two kids, using an unfinished piece as a changing table, I highly recommend a waterproof finish on the top. I think we used a polyurethane.

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#3 posted 1528 days ago

Very nice! Per our earlier discussion about the pad~ some have said with the price of petroleum products on the rise, it may be cheaper to buy the pad vs buying the foam to make one.

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#4 posted 1528 days ago

Cherry is very prone to blotching if you just through some oil on it ,it might just blotch from one end to the other. You might think about putting a 1lb cut of shellac on it be for you put any other finish on it.

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#5 posted 1528 days ago

Simply gorgeous

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#6 posted 1528 days ago

Wow…you did a great job. Nice lines on it!

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#7 posted 1528 days ago

Sweet! Great work.

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#8 posted 1490 days ago

do you have a finished picture?

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#9 posted 569 days ago

Nice looking project : )
What did you end up with for a finish ? Any photos ?

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