I am new to woodworking in the furniture making area and need some
help. I would like to build my 8 month old daughter a changing table,
but I am having trouble designing or finding a plan that I can use.
I have looked at a couple of books for info and also tried a plan off
Eagle America but the plan wasn't even close to what was pictured and
I will be returning that. The books don't give any clear diagrams on
the internal construction and this is where I am having my
difficulties. I understand that everyone has their own way of doing
thing, but I would like to build something that is going to last. I
don't want to just slap some boards together and say "here you go".
I am looking to build a dresser like the one in this link:
I hope that gets eveyone to the sight. If not it is a bi-level
dresser, 3 drawers and the Right side is raised and has 1 drawer and
then a door for larger stuff.
If someone know of a plan or a book that helps in case construction I
would appreciate it. Also any tips would be greatly appreciated.
The folks, http://store.yahoo.com/plansnow/index.html , sell the plans that
are originally published in their magazines, ShopNotes, Woodsmith, and
Workbench. The plans I have seen are complete, detailed, and well suited
to a level of craftsmanship that most of us can attain, if we are careful,
and think things through.
* See if you library has these in it's collection. That makes the
evaluation of the project somewhat easier.
* If you start today, your daughter will likely be 10 months old when you
finish the project. That's how the
decision/acquisition/learning/doing/finishing process seems to work.
* I would look at doing this project as two pieces, which can either sit
side by side, or be seperated. Kids grow. Rooms change. Since you want
to build this, rather than spend $300 on a retail piece, I assume that
you'll want to keep it around for a while.
* If you're just starting out, and will need to get a tool or two, and some
supplies, you will want to make certain that you have realistic
expectations about budget. Even with free labor, you won't save much if
any money. If you're careful, you will have something your grandchildren
* Try to find a Rockler, or a Woodcraft, or a similar store in your area.
See if they have references to a local wood club. You'll get a bunch of
good tips and advice there. And some you will want to ignore.
But have some fun. Welcome to the craft.
"patriarch email@example.comDOTnet>" <<patriarch> wrote in message
we got an antique side table to use for a changing table. we still have it,
doing duty in our breakfast nook. in the 28 years since the kids have needed
it, it's appreciated a lot more than a $300 piece of pressed wood would
Took a look at the site you posted. I've got a half a dozen books on
case work but the trouble is I'm at a loss on which if any to recommend
because they are all pretty much overkill for the project you are
contemplating. What you want is pretty basic and I'm afraid most of the
stuff would be information overload.
You may want to see if you can track down a copy of "Quick and Easy
Custom Cabinets" by Anthony Guidice. There is also "The Woodworkers
Visual Handbook" by Jon Arno. The last has only a couple of very short
chapters on the subject but enough, I think, to get you well started in
the right direction. The rest of the book, well that will almost
certainly come in handy for other projects as well.
If you can track
Thanks everyone. I apprecaite the advice. I am hoping to start soon
as my daughter isn't getting any younger. I want to take my time and
do it right. Once again thanks and I will check out those books
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