Greene inspired Night Stand #8: Cloudlift panels

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 03-13-2008 06:02 AM 3546 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did a little work cutting panels tonite so I thought I would update.

I cut the panels to match the cloudlift rails. I probably could have saved myself a lot of trouble by routing the slot deep but I thought it would be less likely to warp if I followed the detail with a 1/4” slot cutting bit and a bearing. That required shaped panels. I used the same templates to draw lines on the panels and then used a router table and fence set out at 3/8” to cut the panels. I will add more pictures later. Here is the nightstand with the bookmatched panels fitted.

Dry fit

Dry Fit

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 03-13-2008 06:04 AM

I like what I see! Nice work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 03-13-2008 06:17 AM

Looks very nice!

-- Eric at

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#3 posted 03-13-2008 08:31 AM

That is going to be a great nightstand when you’re done! You’ll thank yourself for not compromising on the little details later.

-- Robb

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-13-2008 12:37 PM


This is coming along nicely.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-13-2008 03:23 PM

You are definitily making progress. Nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-13-2008 04:15 PM

Nicely done, wish I had some of your equipment to work with.
my desk is approaching completion. will send picts when ready
next is an end table a la Greene and Greene.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 03-13-2008 05:30 PM

Nice Job! Is the middle stile the same thickness as the rails? It looks thinner in the picture but I can’t tell.

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#8 posted 03-13-2008 05:39 PM

You hit the nail on the head Robb. Everything has an 8th inch offset. The rails are offset from the legs, the center stile is offset from the rails and the panel is offset from the stile. Then everything is rounded off with an 8th inch roundover. It adds a lot of visual interest and I am liking it very much. I will add some better pictures when I am not at work ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#9 posted 03-13-2008 09:31 PM

This project is really coming out great. It looks like it will be a winner.

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#10 posted 03-13-2008 11:35 PM

Looking really nice! It’s always worth the extra effort to book match bigger panels. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece!


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#11 posted 03-14-2008 02:49 AM

Looking really nice. The cloud lift is a nice feature.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#12 posted 03-14-2008 06:21 AM

Boy, waiting for the next blog post was killing me, I thought it would never come – - but it was worth it!
Excellent work,

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#13 posted 08-31-2009 10:05 AM

I was just about to draw a very similar side table from scratch. I hope you don’t mind if I use your sketchup file from your home page as a starting point…

This table will be my project for the “furniture construction” class I am taking at the academy of art in San Francisco. The only thing I would want to change is the two doors to a single door, and probably change the dimensions a bit.

Great project!

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#14 posted 09-01-2009 03:06 PM

Hi DrTebi,

Go ahead and use that model any way you wish. Just promise you will post a picture of the finished project. You can find the final model here

The difference is the drawer construction. I added a bead to the top and bottom. It really sets the drawers off.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#15 posted 09-03-2009 12:55 AM

Good work Scott

-- Custom furniture

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