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Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #1: Entry One: Starting off

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 03-03-2011 06:59 PM 1644 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 2: Part 2- top & aprons »

I’m new to the blog series, so I’m afraid some of this will be redundant:

I want to build a Shaker-style cherry nightstand for my fiance’. It’s going to be as handtool-heavy as it can be until my shoulder gives out. She’d like it to be 21”W x 19”D x 22”H. I’m going to construct it entirely from 1” rough cherry stock that was given to me (free!) by a friend. I’m using the “design as I go” approach & will size the parts as I go. I’d like a single shallow drawer in the front and although atypical to style, my fiance’ prefers it to be on the bulky side with untapered legs. Wish me luck & thanks for looking!

Here’s the raw wood scored from a good friend, Dale. There’s some structural hemlock, nice hickory, and hard maple in the pile. The cherry’s been moved to the shop:

Here’s the cherry coarsely ripped & ready for general glue-up:

The legs have been glued up & are ready for planing square:

A day of planing is really a day of sharpening!

Getting started on the legs using a plane jack & Stanley #7 with Hock

Early planing:

Getting there!

Fruits (shavings) of my labor:

Planing the legs paired for thickness:

Legs finished until final smoothing & dimensioning:

Cutting the top boards to length on my new radial arm saw:

Top glued up with my hodgepodge of clamps and cawls:

Shameless plane picture:

Getting the parts together:

Hey, I told you guys, “not today!”

Getting stareted on my horribly cupped top (Stanley #5 with Hock):

That’s where I’m at now. I need a few days of planing my cupped top. No turning back now, as my planer is 13”! I’m going to start working on the front rails & aprons this weekend hopefully. Suiting up for chopping some serious mortises. Will share as I go! Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 07:29 PM

very very nice picturebook :-)
you seems to find out of the serie thing :-)
and a shameless plane photo I agreee…...LOL
I like that havye screwdriver you have there not easy to find those theese days bu luck :-)
now you have gone down the slipperys lane you going to have a good ripsaw as well with two sawbench
so the Rastusarius can have a rest too :-)

take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 07:43 PM

Ha! thank you, Dennis! It was upon your gentle urging that I investigated the blog series. Who doesn’t enjoy a shameless plane photo:) That long-handled Stanley is one I found at an antique market in Pennsylvania. It was still wrapped in the original oiled paper when I discovered it. As a user versus collector, I quickly trashed the paper & put it to use. Nothing feels better to remove a plan iron than a giant vintage straight slot. I’m certainly sliding down the slippery slope of power tools, although my heart rests with the vintage tools. I considered crosscutting that long board board by hand but the rastusarius was beckoning me. Thanks & take care yourself, Dennis.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ratchet

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 08:57 PM

Amazing! I really like this pictorial adventure in furniture making with handtools. That’s a nice low knob no 7….with a thin whispy shaving burping out.
Thanks for sharing the trip with us.

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 09:04 PM

Great collection of planes!

-- Chris Adkins, http://highrockwoodworking.com/

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Bertha

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 09:06 PM

Thanks Ratchet! I’m not trying to prove anything not using powered tools but I’m going to try to feature as many nonpowered tools as possible. It’s a nice way for me to drag out a project & as a gift for my fiance’, it seems a bit more personal that way. Good eye on my low-knob 7. I think it’s a type 8, corrugated. I recently bought a gorgeous Sweetheart #8 but she’s waiting for a new tote to be fashioned. Thanks for tuning in.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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tdv

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 01:10 AM

I love the plane section (can’t believe Mads ain’t spotted that yet) smooth shavings
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Bertha

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 01:41 AM

Thanks TDV, that’s why I issued the redundancty disclaimer; Mads discovered the project before the first shaving hit the ground! And thin shavings to you, Al

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 02:33 AM

Look like fun to me, that a sweet collection of hand planes. thanks for posting enjoy yourself…bc

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Bertha

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 02:38 AM

Thanks Blackcherry! That shameless plane shot is only of the common users (I have the disease, documented). I greatly value your opinion & hope you’ll tune in for the project.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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mafe

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 12:17 PM

Hi,
Looking good, but do not disturb with those planes, it is not possible to think, and the mouse keeps moving back to that picture.
You need to make a plane cabinet for the planes!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bertha

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 02:51 PM

Mads, I certainly DO need to make a plane cabinet. It’s on my list, my very long list:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 03-17-2011 08:37 PM

>> “Mads, I certainly DO need to make a plane cabinet. It’s on my list, my very long list:)”

Same here! :)

By the way, is it just me or are there few things in life that give you the feeling of looking down to see a pile of fresh shaving at the end of a good session in the shop?

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RGtools

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#13 posted 03-29-2011 03:37 AM

The shameless plane picture made my day.

Totally going to do that in my next blog entry…but maybe I’ll use saws.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bertha

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#14 posted 03-29-2011 02:36 PM

Shameless saw picture works!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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