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Dresser/Changing Table #1

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Project by Jim posted 205 days ago 534 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had the good fortune to get our first two grandchildren (both grandsons) in 2013. One was born in March and the other in August. My daughter asked for a changing table but I thought it would be better to make a dresser with a changing table on top that could be removed later on. I barely finished it on time but when my daughter in-law saw it, she wanted one also…..the pressure was on to build the 2nd one in a hurry!

I used cherry for the sides, top, face frame and drawer fronts. I used 3/4” and 1/4” maple plywood for the framing and drawer boxes. I biscuit joined most everything including the face frame and drawer boxes. I purchased from Ebay the self closing drawer slides and after these pictures were taken, I added some very plain nickle drawer pulls. Unfortunately, they wanted an expresso finish to match their other furniture which kind of covered the cherry. However, I noticed that the expresso latex stain did not penetrate the wood so I’m sure it would be easy to refinish once she gains a taste for nice looking wood. I built the 2nd one the pretty much the same.

Both sets of parents are happy with them and when we moved them in I thought that I should have made them out of concrete and they would have probably been lighter! Anyway, I thought they were good projects that should last long after I’m gone!

I think they were 42” wide and 36” high and 22” deep. Unfortunately, even though I’m a recently retired engineer, I did not draw them up in Sketchup so I have no plans to share if anyone is interested. However, I must thank the other woodworkers on the site because I used a lot of their measurements.

-- Jim





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david38

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#1 posted 205 days ago

real nice job

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Jim

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#2 posted 204 days ago

Thanks David

-- Jim

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MrNorwood

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#3 posted 204 days ago

Well done Grandpa

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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Jim

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#4 posted 204 days ago

Grandpa??? What a nice ring it has to it! Does add a whole new area of woodworking projects though! Have been cruising through some of the projects built by the folks on this site and its got me enthused about woodworking again. Thanks

-- Jim

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#5 posted 203 days ago

Glad the spark lit your woodworking fire. And congrats on the addition to the family!!!

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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WillTheEngineer

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#6 posted 202 days ago

Exactly what I was thinking of in the back of my head. I was going to just start with the changing pad size, then add a space for wipes, etc….and rails. We have a hip height dresser I was going to cut a rubber drawer liner for the top, then just set the changing table on top of that.

How high did you make the front rail? I was thinking of making some fold down rail…but I don’t know, this is our first, n maybe it’s not needed…

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#7 posted 201 days ago

Hi Will,
The front rail is about 6” higher than the mattress. Rather than make it fold down, I made the bar removable with a sort of mortise and tenon joint. Basically, the rail just slides down into a set of notched sides. When the baby was small, no rail was needed because the mattress did the job but as he got more “squirmy” my daughter had to use the rail and the last time I visited, I had to put small screws in each end to keep the rail in place because he would pull the rail out. Hope this helps and lots of luck, Jim

-- Jim

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