Walnut Dresser/Changing Table

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Project by PistolPete posted 01-28-2012 09:02 PM 2135 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not my first project, but this is my first project posting. As with most woodworkers, I took the arrival of our first child as an excuse for me to go woodworking crazy and not feel guilty about spending too much time and money. This is the dresser and changing table for my daughter due in March. I wanted to make something that years from now she’d still want in her room and not a typical “baby changing table”. After all, a changing table is really just an appropriately sized dresser. Although the design is my own, I feel guilty not giving credit to all the other projects I drew inspiration from (many of them on Lumberjocks). The dust frame is all frame and panel birch ply and hardboard. The rest is solid walnut with a walnut ply top. Drawers and splines are white oak. The splines are more decorative than structural. I wanted to do something different with the drawers besides dovetails so I rabbeted with dowels and then plugged the face with walnut. All drawers slide on solid birch runners. Finish is 5 coats of good old Arm-R-Seal with steel wool in between coats. Hopefully this should provide enough protection for the fury that will be unleashed upon this changing table after she’s born. Thanks for looking.

-- Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. -Henry Ford

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 09:26 PM

This a great looking dresser/changing table.Very well done.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 01:18 AM

Very nicely done.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 05:12 AM

Love the walnut. It’s my favorite wood. Very excellent piece of furniture.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 06:02 PM

Wow.. That’s going to be one spoiled kid ;)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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