After 3 or so months of part time woodworking, the change table is complete (our first is due in 2 weeks !!!).
I decided from early on, that the whole project was to be completed with hand tools only. About the only exception is the knobs that were turned on a lathe (does that count ?).
I don't normally build things from scratch, I'm more into restoring. It was a great opportunity to use just about all of my vintage hand tool collection.
I also decided to use all Australian timbers.
Timbers used were Australian Red Cedar and Australian Rosewood, with a recycled Redgum shelf. Drawer knobs are turned from Blackwood. Drawer case was made with recycled pine out of a 19th century Australian chest of drawers (no restoration hope for this chest ).
All the timber was re-sawn with my Disston D4 handsaw, sized and finished with hand planes. All 34 of the mortise and tenons were hand cut. The drawer is Cedar fronted with half blind dovetails, and pine casing.
The backboard, which is Cedar with a Rosewood band, was carved by SWMBO.
The plan is to install 2 more drawers underneath the first when it's finished being a baby change table (whenever that may be ), so we'll have a chest of drawers for the room.
Change table was french polished (shellac) and waxed.
Pic 1 shows the glue up....sometimes it would help to be an octopus during glue-ups
Rest of the pics are the final product.