Chaning table/Dresser for my son

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Project by Eddie posted 06-17-2013 03:35 PM 665 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

I wanted to share my most recent build with you.

With only weeks before my son is due I finally finished his changing table/dresser.

I am still new to this whole woodworking adventure and this was my largest project yet. (Completed project was around $95)

This dresser had a ton of ‘firsts’ for me and along with that I probably made nearly every mistake you can.

My firsts on this thing were:

-pocket holes (i know…i know…)
-sliding dovetails (to attach the drawer fronts)
-hand-cut dovetails (rear corners of the drawers)
-drawers with glides
-hinged doors
-table top fasteners
-distressing a paintjob

It was built knowing that she wanted it painted, hence the mismatched wood used(see pre-paint pics below). The nursery is designed around a rustic theme (see wall shelf unit here – ).
I will also be adding a hanging wall clock made from weathered pallet wood in the coming weeks.

I think one of the most challenging things for this project might have been the use of Home Depot lumber.
We were on a major budget so I purchased the cheapest wood in the sizes I needed. This meant combing throught the stacks to find acceptable pieces.
I do not own a jointer or planer, so in order to flatten and correct thickness issues with the wood I resorted to good ‘ol hand planes.
Time consuming, yes. But also very satisfying.

I will attach pics that I took along the way:

Adding the slide out wings

The doors

Sliding dovetail on drawer front

Starting to look like a dresser…

Hand-cut dovetails (yes thats plywood on the back…i like a challenge). Not the perfect fit but acceptable for a first try.

Assembled (minus final sanding and details)

Adding final details

Painted, distressed, and in the nursery!

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 03:42 PM

Nice design and build… Grats on the upcoming family addition :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 04:02 PM

Very nice changing table….well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 04:08 PM

I would have never guessed that you had used cheap home depot lumber by how well the final project turned out, great work. You’re going to love those pull out slides as well…its amazing how much stuff it requires to change a diaper.

Good luck w/ the kiddo!

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 04:18 PM

Well done man. Your brave for trying all of those “firsts” on one project.

-- Red-- "I'm a lumber hoardin', finger nickin', sliver cursin', breaker trippin', summbuckin woodworker ya'll"

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#5 posted 06-17-2013 05:40 PM

I love this. We are expecting our second in 8 weeks and I still have to build a changing table. I am very likely to “borrow” your design.

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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#6 posted 06-17-2013 05:49 PM

BuzzBate—Go for it!
Much of my plan is a mashup of plans I have seen/read about.
Congrats on your 2nd! This will be our 2nd as well (my daughter will be 2 next week). What a joy these little kids are, a wonderfully exhausting, life-altering, joy

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#7 posted 06-17-2013 08:52 PM

nice job

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 01:09 AM

well done Eddie

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 06-19-2013 08:58 PM

Beautiful changing table and dresser! Great design and paint job, very nice rustic look.

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