|Project by Steve Erwin||posted 10-19-2012 03:13 AM||985 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
When my wife became pregnant for our first child she asked if I wanted to build a crib. I told her no. I don’t really like the idea of spending all that energy making something that only gets used temporarily. I’m more interested in furniture that gets used every day for 100 years.
So I built the “changing table” instead…. in such a way that it’s not really a changing table at all (other than the height off the floor). Diapers go in the basket on top, baby clothes go in the baskets down below, changing pad goes on top, and when he grows out of that phase, it’s a book shelf, or a toy storage thing, or something else. Whatever. I’m not so sure this qualifies as 100 year furniture, but it’s got a longer lifespan than a crib, in my opinion.
I applied a red oak wood filler to the table top and sanded it down before putting the stain and poly on. It worked like a charm! It’s a nice and smooth table top with no open pores for baby powders or creams or bodily fluids to fall into. Cleanup is easy.
I built an end table that looks like 1/3 of this. It’s over by her rocking chair.
And we built that mobile thing… what a royal pain that was. I cut out the birds on the bandsaw and scrollsaw, she had some fabric leaves and birds nests from one of her other decorations, and we hot glued it all together with fishing line.
The tree decals took 5 hours.
-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.