Change Table

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Project by synecdoche posted 08-06-2013 02:25 AM 1267 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With my first child due sometime within the next few weeks, I thought a change table would be a suitable project. I worked from some Ana White plans with very minor modifications to accommodate the size of our changing pad. I used pocket screws and I learned a fair bit doing this, my second project. I had to recover from a couple of errors, most notably when the screws split the wood (of course in the last joint). I ended up having to rebuild the one side of it but was pleased that it went much, much faster than the first panel I put together.

This was also the first project I’ve made since getting my mitre saw. It definitely made things easier—it’s much more accurate for crosscuts than my cheapo table saw. I think I’ll get a fair bit of mileage out of if I ever get a chance to do anything after the baby comes! It was also the first project on the workbench i built. I’m pretty happy with how well that worked out. I wish it were bigger but all I have is a small fraction of our one-car garage. I’m getting by, though.

Anyway, this is done except for the finishing. I’m debating with myself what to do. The original plan was to paint it white, but I actually think the pine looks pretty nice (especially considering it is just from Home Depot!) and am considering coating it with something. Not sure what. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 03:17 AM

The sign of a good woodworker is not that they don’t make mistakes. It’s how they recover from them. Nice job.

Myself I like finishing my projects with a wipe on poly. 50-50 mix of off the shelf poly and mineral spirits. Wipe on, wipe off. Repeat 5-7 times rubbing down with 0000 steel wool in between coats until you get the finish you want. I like to use semi-gloss and this approach gives you a nice glow and not a heavy built up plastic look.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 02:35 PM

It’s beautiful and well made changing table. Like the simple and clean lines. It will be great in natural finish. I’m sure it will serve you well for a long time.

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