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Changing Station

Make diaper duty more convenient with this nursery addition, which features built-in space for a microwave and refrigerator to save you time.

Instructions

This station takes diaper changing to a new level, with a spacious surface for the baby and plenty of storage below in easy-access drawers and cubbies. As an added time-saving feature, we built in space for a refrigerator and microwave so that you can store and heat bottles right in the baby's room.

 

General: Cut and label all of the parts as needed, using the Cut List as a guide and adjusting for fit.

1. Build the face frames.

In general, face frames are assembled with stiles (vertical) and rails (horizontal). To assemble the face frames for this project, drill pocket holes at the ends of the (02) rails where they will join with the (01) stiles. Apply glue to the joint, and attach with pocket hole screws.

Assemble the front, back, left, and right face frames per Figure 1, using pocket hole joinery unless otherwise noted. The parts in this step are ripped from 1 x 6 and 1 x 8 stock. Cut a 3/4-inch-radius quarter circle on the bottom inside corners of the (01) stiles.

Attach the (01) stiles to the (02) rails.

Repeat to build the top frame.

Cut and install the (04) mid rails and (05) cubby stiles.

Cut a 3/4-inch-radius quarter circle on the bottom inside corners of the (06) end stiles, and then attach the (06) end stiles to the (07) end rails.

Cut and attach the (08) end mid rail on the left face frame assembly.

2. Construct the Case

Use both glue and brads to attach the (09) back so that it is centered and flush with the top of the inside face of the back face frame.

Cut a hole in the (09) back as shown in Figure 2 to create an opening for optional electrical access. To do this, drill a 1-inch access hole for a flush trim bit. Then remove the waste by running a router fitted with a flush trim bit around the inside edges of the cubby face frame.

Attach the front and back face frames to the right and left face frames. Check the assembly for square, and attach temporary bracing if necessary.

Use glue and 1-5/8-inch screws to attach the (10) mid partition so that it is flush with both the top of the (03) mid stile and the front of the drawer opening.

Use glue and brads to attach the (11) front panel to the front face frame so that it is flush with the top of the (10) mid partition.

Use glue and 1-5/8-inch screws to attach the (12) floor to the bottom of the (10) mid partition so that it is flush with the top of the (07) end rail.

Attach the (13) end panel centered on the inside face of the left face frame so that its bottom edge sits 3/4 inch below the top of the (08) end mid rail.

Attach the (14) glide support so that it is flush with the edge of the (03) mid stile adjacent to the drawer opening.

Attach the (15) cubby side so that it is flush with the top of the face frames and the bottom of the (04) mid rail.

Install the (16) mini floor so that it is flush with the bottom of the (15) cubby side and the top of the (08) end mid rail.

Attach the (17) cubby floor so that it is flush with the top of the (04) mid rail.

Attach the two (18) dividers to the (15) cubby side and (10) mid partition at 7 1/4 inches from the front face frame and at 5-1/4 inches from the back face frame.

Install the (19) mini panel so that it is centered over the top left opening on the back of the front face frame. Note: Skip to Step 4 if you don't plan to build the shelf.

3. Build the shelf (optional).

Prepare the (20) shelf supports by drilling 1/4-inch holes 1/2 inch deep, per the shelf support layout in Figure 2.

Attach the (20) shelf supports, as shown in Figure 2, so that they are flush with the tops of the front and back face frames and the (10) mid partition.

Cut the (21) shelf to measure 3/8 inch less than the distance between the (20) shelf supports, as well as 1/4 inch less than the opening between the inside of the face frame and the (10) mid partition.

Cut the (22) nosing 3/8 inch less than the opening of the face frame.

Center the (22) nosing on the front of the (21) shelf, and attach it with glue and brads.

Attach a (31) half round to the top edge of the (22) nosing.

4. Build the top assembly.

Cut the (23) top to fit the case.

Cut the (24) long railing and the (25) short railing 1 inch longer than shown in the Cut List. Round over the front and back top edges using a router fitted with a 3/8-inch roundover bit.

Miter cut the (24) long railings and the (25) short railings to fit around the (23) top, and secure them per Figure 3.

Cut and attach (31) half rounds to the front and sides of the top assembly with both glue and brads. Miter cut the ends of the front piece, and then square cut the backs of the side pieces.

5. Build three drawers.

The width of each drawer assembly is 1 inch shorter than the drawer opening to allow for the drawer slides. Cut a 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch rabbet along the bottom of the inside face of each (26) drawer side and (27) drawer end.

Attach pairs of (26) drawer sides to pairs of (27) drawer ends (see Figure 4).

Check each drawer assembly for square, and attach the (28) drawer bottom using glue and brads.

Lay the case assembly on its back, and attach half of the drawer slide inside each drawer opening per the manufacturer's instructions, making sure the drawer slides are flush with the inside of the face frame. Attach the other half of each drawer slide flush with the front of the drawer assemblies. Finally, insert the drawer assemblies into the drawer openings.

The width of each (29) drawer face should be 1/8 inch less than the width of the drawer opening. The height of the (29) drawer face should equal the height of the total drawer opening minus 1/4 inch and divided by 3. Measure for and cut the (29) drawer faces, and then test-fit them on the drawer assemblies, ensuring a 1/16-inch clearance around the perimeter.

Miter cut and attach (31) half rounds to the perimeter of each (29) drawer face (see Figure 4).

Apply a piece of carpet tape to the front of each drawer box. Press each (29) drawer face into place. Note: You'll find it helpful to cut several 1/16-inch scrap-wood spacers that you can use to align the (29) drawer faces in the opening. Then pull out the entire drawer assembly, and secure the (29) drawer face by driving 1-5/8-inch screws through the (27) drawer end into the back of the (29) drawer face.

6. Apply finishing touches.

Miter cut and attach (30) quarter rounds around the perimeters of the panels (see Figure 5).

For the appliances, drill 1-1/2-inch holes for the cords through both the (10) mid partition and the (15) cubby side into the optional electrical access compartment.

Remove the drawers from the assembly. Fill all nail holes with stainable wood filler, and sand. Prime, and apply the first coat of paint as desired.

Drill pilot holes and attach nail-on furniture glides to the bottoms of the (01) stiles.

Attach the top assembly to the case using glue and brads. Apply a second coat of paint, let dry, and install the drawer pulls.

Install a four-outlet circuit breaker electrical box if desired, attaching it to the face of the rear (18) divider.

Install the optional shelf or appliances, and add a safety strap for the baby.

Cutlist

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Project Resources

Project Details

  • Lumber (Availability varies by market-cedar and redwood are appropriate for this project.)
    • 5 4-foot-long 1/2 x 4s, poplar
    • 1 6-foot-long 1 x 4, poplar
    • 2 8-foot-long 1 x 4s, poplar
    • 1 6-foot-long 1 x 6, poplar
    • 2 8-foot-long 1 x 6s, poplar
    • 1 8-foot-long 1 x 8, poplar
    • 1 48- x 96-inch sheet of 1/4-inch birch plywood
    • 1 48- x 96-inch sheet of 3/4-inch birch plywood
    • 3 8-foot-long pieces of 3/8- x 11/16-inch half-round moulding
    • 3 8-foot-long pieces of 1/2-inch quarter-round moulding
  • Hardware & Supplies
    • 1 box 1-1/4-inch pocket hole screws, fine thread
    • 1 box 1-5/8-inch screws
    • 1 box #17 x 1-inch wire brads
    • 3 pairs of 20-inch drawer slides
    • 1 4-outlet circuit breaker
    • 1 package shelf clips
    • 1 package nail-on furniture glides
    • 3 drawer pulls
    • Carpet tape
    • Paintbrush (or roller)
    • Stainable wood filler
    • Wood glue (Titebond III)
    • 1 quart Valspar Interior Latex High Hiding Primer
    • 1 quart Valspar Ultra Premium, Burnt Tile 6011-2, semi-gloss
  • Tools
    • Table saw (or circular saw with a straightedge guide)
    • Miter saw (or hand saw with miter box)
    • Router with 3/8-inch chamfering bit
    • Power sander and various grits of sandpaper
    • K3MS Kreg Jig K3 Master System
    • Pneumatic nail gun (or hammer)
    • Drill/driver with countersink bit
    • Tape measure
    • Pencil