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Infant Changing Table #3

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Project by Don posted 02-14-2008 09:01 AM 2018 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made three of these now. I showed my first one some time ago here.

I wouldn’t have bothered posting this one but for the fact that I changed the construction technique on this one. My previous two incorporated traditional mortise and tenon joinery. To be honest, I find M & T joinery tedious and for some reason, I’m prone to make less that perfect snug-fitting joints.

When I was in Vancouver eight months ago, I purchased DowelMax Jig after viewing one of Mot’s early video reviews of the product. Like a lot of things we purchase, I never really got around to putting it to the test until a family member requested “one of these really neat changing table that you make”.

I didn’t relish repeating this project again until I remembered my eight month old purchase. So I gladly agreed if for no other reason than to get experience with the DowelMax. (I have a commission for a small table and wanted to use it on that, but I thought it best to give it a workout on some inexpensive Pine.

All I can saw is that the jig is a real pleasure to work with, intuitive in its use and dead accurate. The result is an extremely strong table with perfectly flush joints. The DowelMax meant I got the job finished quickly – about eight hours all up.

I’ve coated the Pine with Shellac sanding sealer because the family member intends to paint it white. Because Pine and the MDF panels soak up paint like a sponge, the sealer will enable them to finish it more easily.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/





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FlWoodRat

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 12:32 PM

Looks great. I can just imagine the happy baby laying in it. By the way.. nice tight joints.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 12:58 PM

excellent!
Nice to hear that you like the Dowelmax as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 01:18 PM

I agree on the M&T Don. I just bought the Beadlock loose tenoning jig & used it on some plantation shutters, beats the traditional method on time & effort. Nice job on the changing table.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 01:34 PM

I agree with both you and Grumpy about M&T joinery. It is a skill that I think should be learned but it is time consuming. By the way the changing table is a very nice project and looks very well built. I am sure that it was a joy to give and the recipients appreciated the effort and skill that went into it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 03:00 PM

Good ‘un, Don. Good to hear from you again. I too think the Dowel Max might be the best answer for a lot of projects. I tried Bead Lock but didn’t like the result. Maybe I just need to try it again.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 04:23 PM

Don;

It’s very nice, but where’s the box?

I haven’t used the dowel max, but keep hearing good things about it. Glad you finally got to test it out.

Nice job, as usual.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 04:32 PM

I have a doweling jig (not a Dowelmax) and I love the ease of using dowels whenever possible.

Don, what I like about this changing table is that, unlike a lot of others I’ve seen, you’ve constructed it to keep the baby from rolling off if you turn your back for a second.

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

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 04:45 PM

Don,

Did you/are you going to put a finish on it? If so, what? A friend of mine is an expecting father and making his own changing table/low chest of drawers – he said he first bought the changing pad because they come in standard sizes. Did you go off of dimensions they gave you? Or is that a standard size you use for a retail changing pad?

BTW… that brick patio looks fab! Looks like you could play a mean game of bocce ball on that lawn, too!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 06:17 PM

Very nice use of dowels, Don,
When the baby outgrows it, it looks like it would make a great gardening stand.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Karson

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 07:26 PM

Great Don. I’m glad you got to use your Dowel-Max. I remember you saying you bought it when visiting your daughter.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Don

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 11:03 PM

Hey, it’s great to be back. Your kind words remind me why I like this site so much.

Quote Red Headed Merganser: Did you/are you going to put a finish on it? If so, what?

As noted above, I’ve coated the Pine with Shellac sanding sealer because the family member intends to paint it white. Because Pine and the MDF panels soak up paint like a sponge, the sealer will enable them to finish it more easily.

Quote Red Headed Merganser: Did you go off of dimensions they gave you?

Thanks for this question, Ethan. The size of the bed was dimensioned to fit a readily available changing table pad. The one I first posted here shows the pad.

Great suggestion, Garry. My wife is actually asking me to make one for her. At our age, a request for an infant changing table gave me heart failure until she explained. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Ethan Sincox

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 11:37 PM

Oof. Sorry, Don, I must have “skimmed” and not “read”. Not used to people putting so much info into their project description! ;)

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#13 posted 05-14-2012 10:01 AM

A fine changing table indeed.

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Don

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#14 posted 05-14-2012 10:15 AM

Thanks, Skiedra.

It’s been a few years since I made that. My three grandsons were all subjected to that table, and now it sits in our basement with the high probability it will never be used again. I ended up making four of these for all my daughter’s sister-in-laws. :)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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