Oak Simple Changing Table

I took the advice from another user who commented that the depth of the changing table was not suitable for a standard changing pad (16" x 32"). Turns out he was correct, so I modified the design to have a depth of 16 1/4" (as opposed to 15.5" in the original plan). Really not sure how someone could have made this and a standard pad worked as is. If I did it over again, I probably would have made it just a touch deeper for a perfect fit because the pad slightly flares out and is not 100% square. My wife also wanted a larger space beside the changing pad, so I increased the width of the table by 5" and it worked nicely as you can see in the picture with the lamp and other items.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Minwax Red Mahogany and 3 coats of semi-gloss polyurethane
Recommended Skill Level


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Fri, 03/23/2012 - 14:44

The plans for this table (created by another) show 3/4" for the top of the table and shelves as well as the topper. It seems like a little bit of overkill to me. Did you attach the sides of the topper straight to the table or did you have a 3/4" piece for the table and the topper?

I was thinking I would use my Kreg Jig and just attach it straight to the top of the table. I am also thinking that 1/2 plywood would be enough for the shelves with a 1"x2" intermediate support. I am trying to lessen the cost and the weight; oak can get pretty heavy and pricey.


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 21:35

I did have both 3/4" for the topper and the table. Is it overkill?, probably so, but my thought when making it with Oak was that I want it to last forever. I actually made a small table/night stand to go by the glider. I had some scrap of 1/2" that I used and it looks great, but I can tell that it is not as solid as the other, although still plenty solid for a small table.


Sat, 03/24/2012 - 08:50

I think 1/2" on the shelves would be fine, but definitely at least one 3/4" for the top. You could maybe skip the second layer and just add some 1x2 supports from below? I'm not sure. I went with the overkill method because I'm a worry wart. My baby is now 7 months old and extremely wiggly, so I'm glad for the extra support! Then again I used MDF for the shelving and white wood trim. I also skipped out on the dividers at the top, since wipes have their own boxes and I wasn't sure what else I'd be storing on top.

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Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:37

You did a nice job. Do you think making the shelves 16 1/2 would be perfect? I noticed that to that the size was not correct.


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 21:31

Thanks for the compliment. I think 16 1/2 would be pretty close. When I used 16 1/4, it wasn't bad by any means, but another 1/4" would likely do it.


Sat, 02/22/2014 - 13:15

What trim did you use and where did you find it? It looks great, but I can't find anything like that. Thanks!


Sat, 02/22/2014 - 13:17

What did you use for trim and where did you find it? It looks great, but I can't find anything in oak like that anywhere!