Beginner woodworker: nursery furniture in Project Journals Posted August 14, 2019 · Report reply 14 hours ago, wtnhighlander said: A handsaw (sharp one) can be used to make 'plunge cuts', that is cuts that don't exit the edge. If you aren't well practiced at sawing a straight line, clamp a straight edge along your line, and move the first tooth at the tip of the saw along the line to plow through. Its a little slow to start, but will get the job done. As I recall, most japanese pull saws have a dead space at the tip, so a western style saw is needed for this. My dozuki saw does indeed have a dead space (no teeth) at the tip. I was able to use it though by chiseling out a small cube at each end of the cut I had to make. It worked perfectly. I managed to cut the two back pieces, but the bottom one is a bit too narrow to joint onto the sides. It could fit if I make the shelf and the top back piece both narrower. Alternatively, I am now considering just gluing it in place (it does not have to bear much weight). The shelf fits into the side-pieces nicely. I cut a dovetail joint between the top-back piece and the sides. Unfortunately I made the pins a little too big and when I was trying to "encourage" the two pieces together (with a mallet) I split the side-piece along the wood grain. I should have shaved down the pins but I was in a rush. I have glued and clamped the side piece back together. I now need to shave down the pins for all of the joints so that they fit together snugly but don't require too much hammering or leave unsightly gaps. Technically I am out of time, but I still need to cut the hanging-pegs, round/sand everything, and glue it together. I was planning to do the finishing (shellac) after everything is assembled. My holiday to work on this is technically over, but I am hoping to make some progress (including tidying up) the next two evenings after work. 10 hours ago, Minnesota Steve said: I think that's great. If it's like my projects though, by the time you finish the kid will have outgrown the need. :-) With our first kid we used the changing table for about six months, and then he was able to roll and sit up and at that point we just started changing him on the floor. We used a basket with the supplies and a changing pad, so we could grab it and go. When you finish this, I'd go back to that toy box. It's entirely reasonable to make it out of good quality pine, and it doesn't have to be complicated. The only thing with a toy chest is you want to cut some relief on the front and sides about an inch so the top only hits in the corners, to give room for fingers and then use some torsion hinges which hold the lid up, so you have to specifically pull down on it to close it. Our boy is at that 6 month point. He does try to roll over and wiggle away now when we change him. For his toy box I am keen to try to make something that he can't hurt himself with! I had not considered shaping the sides in the way you suggest to reduce the risk of that. Thanks.