DIY: a changing table

Launching a new category here: Do-It-Yourself. Starting from a simple woodworking project, this is how to make a baby’s changing table.

1. You create/obtain some beautiful drawings (here made at the back of an envelope in a cafeteria):

Chancing table: drawings

2.You get some wood (I used some planed sawn timber and hard MDF plate that I got from the local Bauhaus store).

Chancing table: materials

3. You collect the tools needed and start the job (a good workbench is a nice element in this).

Chancing table: tools

4. Getting the rounded edges can even be done with the help of some round jar covers.

Chancing table: rounding the edges

5. Then just some careful application of coping saw and file…

Chancing table: using saw and file

6. Drill can also help as a mechanical screwdriver, but that tool is not necessary.

Chancing table: drilling

7. I used screws and then glue to make the construction solid.

Chancing table: fitting and applying glue

8. Grinding needs to be done both before application of paint, as well as between paint layers to get an even surface.

Chancing table: grinding and painting

9. If there is too windy outside you might need to find an inside place to do the finishing layer of paint.

Chancing table: the finishing paint

10. One of the finishing touches: these rubber pieces help to stop and secure the changing table to position.

Chancing table: rubber stoppers

11. There you are: place the foam mattress in position, and the changing table is ready.

Chancing table: the finished table and mattress

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

5 thoughts on “DIY: a changing table”

  1. Nice! and well done!!!

    May I ask, how long does it take you this achievment? And does the baby already test it? (at the end is your end cusstomer right?! ) 😉

  2. Heh, no congratulations (yet) — lets talk about an advance warning or something like that. 😉 Carolina: I would say that there was 5-7 hours of work, but of course you need to count in also the time of paint drying etc.

  3. You are good with the tools 😉 but after understand clearly the context of all this, I think it should be highlighted that perhaps in this “DIY” section might show how things have a value, not for what it costs (in time or money or effort or knowledge) but for their own meaning.

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