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Forum topic by Devin posted 03-20-2014 12:46 AM 1002 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2014 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dresser storage cabinet changing table kreg jig design poplar

I am looking for some inspiration and some direction on putting together a Dresser/Storage Cabinet that will double as a baby changing table. My idea is to have two small drawers at the top, and then two large doors with internal shelves for storage. It would be at least 18 inches deep, 60 inches wide. I need some thoughts as to how tall it should be.

My tools are limited to a point. I do have access to a table saw so doing datos is not a problem. I have an 18 guage nail gun, kreg jig, and all the other basics.

Would building this out of Poplar be a bad idea? I am trying to stay fairly inexpensive. Thoughts?

-- A hobby turned passion...

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 03:06 AM

Aplying the math for the golden section about 36 inches tall. Poplar is easy to work lttle difficult to stain but paints well. Good luck with the project

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 11:26 PM

Hi Devin,

Welcome! Many an antique has been built from pine, the cheapest of all wood probably. And poplar, a hardwood, is certainly tempting considering how straight and stable it seems from the box stores. My personal opinion is that oak is a better choice for an heirloom project. Do you have access to a jointer/planer? I probably have a few thousand board feet of lumber that I’ve obtained through craigslist for CHEAP. I refuse to buy milled lumber. It’s just too expensive IMO. I like the look of red oak over white, which I find to have no appeal. Cherry is also excellent in workability and appearance. What little I’ve done in poplar is not my favorite. This doesn’t answer your design question, but I thought I’d throw my two cents in on the material.

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