7 Drawer Dresser/Changing Table

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Project by Cory posted 07-05-2011 03:47 PM 2828 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby, a little girl, any day. Back in December I offered to build them a dresser and changing table. Like any good woodworker, I waited until the last minute to get started. Over the past month I’ve been burning the midnight oil to get this finished. I had the cherry sitting on my lumber rack for a few months, so luckily I didn’t need to wait for it to dry. This dresser is approx 35” tall, 56” wide, and 20” deep. The plan is based on a Pottery Barn piece, but modified to fit their needs. The frame and top are solid cherry, the interior dividers are plywood. The drawer boxes and fronts are solid cherry, too. I used box joints on the drawers, mortise and tenon on everything else. The drawers run on full extension slides. The finish is one coat of BLO, 3 coats of amber shellac, and the top got 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal.

I’m really proud of this piece, mostly because of the sentimental value. For once in my life, I’m looking forward to changing a diaper!

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 04:13 PM

Very nice! It’s nice to have ready lumber in stock! I built one that I had to buy everything at once. $800!, but well worth it. It was built for my first grandson

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

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 04:21 PM

That dedication is priceless… can’t find that in the stores, nor in a custom shop!

love that dresser!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 05:50 PM


Again, you’re in top form as the furniture you build is stellar….Nice thing about this piece, is that once the diaper-changing is over, it will make a great clothes dresser for the little one. And when she grows up and gets a little older, she’ll be very proud of her uncle and love him for what he did for her. One note: I had 2 kids of my own, and now 6 grandkids…..I never changed a diaper , and never would….that wasn’t my job….luckily all my grandkids are about grown now. Now instead of holloring for a diaper change, the’re holloring for iPhones and iPads and iPods…...glad I’m not a parent of a teen-ager..I’d probably be in jail…lol. Just keep up the great work, and keep posting. I always enjoy seeing your work…....

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 07:22 PM

Beautiful changing table.

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 07:57 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. This was a labor of love over the past month, but I’m glad to move on to another project!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#6 posted 07-07-2011 12:20 PM

Nicely done! I completely understand that warm feeling inside…...a couple years ago I built a dresser and convertible crib for my son. It’s nice to go into his room and see that is still looks as sharp as the day we first put him it in.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#7 posted 11-07-2014 04:05 PM

You would happen to have the plans for this dresser would you? I have having a little boy in February and would like to build something very similar to what you built! It’d save me a ton of time not to have to drawer up plans. Let me know. Thanks!

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#8 posted 11-07-2014 08:53 PM

I didn’t really have any plans, I just had some sketches based on a PB piece in the store. Sorry I couldn’t be more help. Good luck with the build.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 09:07 PM

Impressive work sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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