Solid Cherry Changing Table - Dresser

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Project by Cherryblake posted 07-04-2011 08:46 PM 1745 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this changing table for my first grandson. I wanted to make a piece of furniture that would be a family heirloom. My mother loved solid Cherry and almost all of her furniture was built from this beautiful wood. I chose Cherry in honor of her. This was definitely a labor of love and I enjoyed taking my time to work toward perfect joinery. Of course, I know where the flaws are, but overall I am very pleased with my first “best that I can build” piece of furniture.

It is 100% solid cherry except for the drawer slides which I made out of maple. Ultra limited use of fasteners except for attaching the drawer guides and 4 each for attaching the base and top.

One cool feature is that the scalloped top actually lifts off of the piece so once the baby is older, it now becomes a traditional dresser.

Another thing I did for a first was a french polish type finish. I sprayed lacquer and then used parafin oil and rottenstone to rub it to a high gloss shine.

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 09:09 PM

Very nice what did you spray it with?


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#2 posted 07-04-2011 09:18 PM

I could only dream at having the ability to make something like this.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care



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#3 posted 07-04-2011 10:02 PM

I used Deft satin finish spray lacquer in the can. I have a regular spray gun, but it’s been years since I used it. Not sure what would come out:) After I put about 4-5 coats of lacquer and sanding with 400 in between coats, I used Parafin Oil and Rottenstone rubbing compounds to bring it up the the high gloss shine. That part was easier than I thought, it just took time to make sure not to miss anything. It absolutely has a glass smooth finish. Smoothest, nicest finish I’ve ever done.

One thing I didn’t mention earlier was how lucky I was to have purchased cherry lumber that had some very nice quilting. Not sure if it’s as visible in the pics, but it really jumps out nice on the top and the top drawer.

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 10:47 PM

Beautiful lumber beautifully used.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 12:15 AM

Well done Grandma! Beautiful piece that will surely be around for your Grandson’s children. I love the finish.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 03:39 PM

Thats a beautiful changing table.

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#7 posted 07-07-2011 07:05 PM

Charlie, I love your quote!

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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