Greene inspired Night Stand #14: More on the fly design work. I'm happy - more pics too

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 06-12-2008 06:51 AM 2131 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Reversing course - a Design decision Part 14 of Greene inspired Night Stand series Part 15: Blacker indent summary - Lots of sanding on this detail »

After more thinking and feedback from the group I decided to have another go at the indent detail. I modified the jig so the indent appears only 1 1/4” above the bottom of the leg. I also adjusted the length of the indent by making the ramp steeper. The result looks like this in the scrap MDF.

I also made the curve on the bottom on this scrap so I could transfer it to the leg for further shaping.

Here is the first leg all shaped. I have a little more sanding to do but this shows the idea.

Here is a shot of the legs with the indent before adding the taper. I am glad I added this detail.

I have only shaped the curve on the bottom of one of the legs so this shot doesn’t show it yet. I’ll replace this shot with a new one once they are done.

I really appreciate the feedback I got on this phase. I made the jig exactly as described in Darrell Peart’s book. When I was done I was a little dissapointed that it didn’t turn out the way I expected. I lost sight of the fun of adapting techniques to work in the scope of a design (a lesson I have learned before LOL). That’s why I don’t build from plans.

Thanks. This is a great site and my work will be better for it.


I finished sanding all the profiles. Here is a shot of one.

and a poorly lighted shot of the stand as it is.

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I’m also getting antsy to finish this piece because I’m dreaming up some new projects. I’ll be working on it all weekend.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 06-12-2008 10:32 AM

That’s an interesting detail!

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

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#2 posted 06-12-2008 10:45 AM

This is a subtle detail to the nightstand that adds to the visual interest of the nightstand.

Nice decision.

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

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#3 posted 06-12-2008 01:51 PM

The whole piece is comming out really nice.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s a learning experience with the first one of anything.


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#4 posted 06-12-2008 02:03 PM

Great job of adjusting the design as you go. The balance of design elements can make or break a piece. You are doing all the right things to make a beautiful table. Keep us informed! Thanks.


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#5 posted 06-12-2008 02:25 PM

To me the curve at the bottom is going to make a nice finish…great looking job

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#6 posted 06-12-2008 02:38 PM

Scott – nice ! Your perseverence paid off and illustrates how well the build-design approach works.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#7 posted 06-12-2008 04:03 PM

Thanks guys,

Stanley, I think it is more like design-build-design. Do you think they built the space shuttle that way? Hmmmm.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#8 posted 06-12-2008 04:04 PM

Adjusting on the fly! It looks good.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#9 posted 06-12-2008 06:46 PM

this turned out great!!!

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#10 posted 06-12-2008 07:31 PM

Nice detail, Scott. I’m starting to look at more G & G furniture for detail ideas. This is going to be a nice table. Keep us posted.

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#11 posted 06-14-2008 05:53 AM

I finished shaping all four legs on one of the nightstands and updated with some photos for anyone following the blog. I am pretty happy with the way it’s moving. I’ll add a photo or two of the shaping process tomorrow.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#12 posted 06-14-2008 07:00 AM

You oughta be happy! This is looking good. You will add some ebony won’t you?

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

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#13 posted 06-14-2008 04:09 PM

I’m sure i will dorje but I’ll prolly stick little black dots on there and stare for a while LOL.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#14 posted 06-14-2008 06:13 PM

i came in late on this series. gonna have to go back and start fom the beginning. good looking night stand thought. i love cloudrifts (sp) and that new detail.

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#15 posted 06-14-2008 09:15 PM

That is some impressive craftsmanship

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