There are several options to choosing legs for a wood changing table. Consider buying finished, furniture legs at woodworking specialty stores. These are more expensive than dowels, but beautifully finished and ready to install with a minimum of work and effort. They also come with a sanded finish and only require varnishing. A less expensive alternative is buying wooden dowels and installing them as is, or turning them on a lathe. A final choice is to buy matching hardwood and cut 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 square pieces, as long as is necessary to accommodate the desired height for the wood changing table.
From a standard sheet of plywood, cut two pieces, approximately 3 feet wide by 2 feet deep. Be sure to place the good side facing out and clue the two pieces together for a table top that is 1½ inches thick. Cut pieces to provide a border around the table top that has mitered ends and extends approximately 1 to 2 inches above the changing table top. This will keep baby and changing items secure. The wood changing table should be wide and long enough to be able to comfortably fit the baby and any needed products for changing diapers.
It is critical that all of the wood on a wood changing table is sanded to a clean smooth surface. Additionally, it is important to provide a solid varnish finish that will withstand moisture. To do this, begin by sanding all of the wood with 100-grit sandpaper. Wipe off the sawdust and using a cloth soaked with mineral spirits, wipe all surfaces clean. Work up to 220-grit sandpaper, wiping off all sawdust with a cloth soaked with mineral spirits. Apply several coats of varnish, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before adding an additional coat. Buff with 0000 steel wool for a soft, lustrous finish.
A wooden changing table. The top of the table features a rail on the rear side, and the table has two storage shelves that have rails on all sides. Two metal hooks are located on the left side of the second shelf.
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