Time for a change

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 11-28-2012 12:43 AM 1989 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have mentioned in a couple of my projects that I have a grandchild coming soon. Well soon is Christmas day. I said I would build changing table and crib. Nothing like waiting till the last minute!

The top is 54” long and 24”-28” wide slab of poplar. It’s 2” thick. Most of the base is beetle pine. I tried to find some standout pieces color wise. The base is 48” wide, 22” deep and 35” tall. Built to future parents specs. The cabinet doors have red cedar set in beetle pine. Once again this was taxing my skill level. The top is bar top epoxy. Getting better about not making a big mess.

The idea for this is that after it’s job is done as a changing table it can be used for other things. I still need to figure out a temporary rail for around the pad that won’t damage the epoxy coating. I am thinking something with suction cups. Suggestions are welcome.

Total height is 37”. It’s very heavy. I used wooden drawer slides. I have got to quit making my drawers with so tight of tolerances. Can be a pain fitting them right. If you see any big mistakes tell me. Not sure I could change it now, but would like to know for future projects.

Thanks for looking

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

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 12:45 AM

Looks great. That stock of red you have is such a score. Good job Monte.

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 12:50 AM

Very nice indeed. Beautiful wood.

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 12:55 AM

Certainly looks solid enough, what with 2” of solid poplar on top ! Once the epoxy has fully cured, maybe double-sided table would work for the temporary railing ?

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 01:52 AM

Great changing table Monte, very nice. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE GRANDCHILD. Remember, a grandpa’s only obligation is to spoil – spoil – spoil, and never pay any heed to what the parents say. After all, what are they going to do?, punish you?

As for the rail, maybe a clamp on setup, more sturdy than suction cups, and still can be removed later so the furniture can still be used as a small dresser.

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 01:53 AM

Very cool ” multi-purpose unit”. Is that some box elder on the end (red)? Shelves behind the doors? A strip of that rubber mesh drawer liner under your rails should grip that epoxy pretty well without damaging it at all. That’s what I put under stuff I’m sanding to keep it from skating around on my formica bench top. Nice slab of poplar (more color/grain that the poplar I see) on that top.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 02:40 AM

depending on how much of a “lip” you gave the overlapping edges….. you could fab some ribs that bolt to the underside of the top, along the edges. think of the capital letter G. the horizontal ’—’ in the G would be your under-side table bolt point. the upper arm of the C shape would be where you affix the temporary rails. no need to damage the top’s finnish.

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 03:09 AM

way to go here, i like this monti…great wood selection…show us this when you have it all finished..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 03:41 AM

great looking table, nice gift as well as many uses after they are done with the diaper ordeal!

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 10:23 AM

The pink on the side is also Beetle Pine. Just a rarer find.

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

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 12:17 PM

Beautiful wood! I can see that in a rustic country home or log home.
Grandchildren are great- when they get on your nerves, you can send them home! Fill them full of sugar and caffine before you send them home.
“Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your children.”

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#11 posted 11-28-2012 01:23 PM

Some serious lumber there. Beautiful

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#12 posted 11-28-2012 01:45 PM

I like it a lot, beautiful wood selection

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 02:40 PM

very ice work, that’s a beautiful piece.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 04:07 PM

nice job

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#15 posted 11-28-2012 05:42 PM

hi Monte,
Congrats are in order for sure. One for the build and one for the grandchild.
I made a rail for my grandaughter (She’s over 21 now) by using an ‘L’ bracket mounted under the top.
I mounted a 1/2” X 2 inch strip to the bracket and padded it with foam and cloth. Used a piece of painted 1/4” ply to cover the area where the cloth was stapled.
She used the table/dresser while growing up and it now sits in her apartment still in use.
We took the rails off when she was about 3.
Just another idea.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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