Nightstand Sketchup

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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 11-11-2009 03:06 AM 2891 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to finishing the Sketchup drawing for my first fine woodworking project that I hope to start before the holidays.

I had difficulty designing the sides and back and I’m still not sure if I like the grooved panels. I may go back to just a basic panel or raised. The shelf above the bottom drawer was also a pain, but that could just be because I was a newbie to Sketchup. Please let me know if there is a better, or easier way to build a shelf that sits like that. It is a combination of a dado around the sides and back for the drawer to sit in, and double tenons to fit into mortises in the front legs. The drawers are going to have the fronts done with half blind dovetails but I didn’t draw those in because I just wanted to finish this for a cutlist.

I’m still undecided on drawer handles so they are missing from the drawing. Also, I hope to use a dark cherry finish on cherry wood like this with some lighter wood for some inlay and the drawer fronts. Any suggestions?

I can e-mail the sketchup file if you wish.



-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 03:24 AM

Very nice design! It will look like a custom piece when you’re done. Some tables like these have open backs, others have 1/4” backs that don’t require dadoes to accept the shelves (you just tack them from the back). The thin back panel just keeps it from racking. My first thought was a beadboard back to offset the flat side panels. Also, a sliding dovetail between the shelves and the legs might look nice. The overhangs of the top on the front elevation look a bit small to me, but that’s just my opinion. It appears you’re being very clever and flaring the legs at the top to simultaneously balance the flare at the bottom and act as corbels. Sweet…

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 09:46 PM


I missed this one, Eric (I miss a lot of them!). This is going to be spectacular. I think your choice of cherry is great. What a warm, rich, and elegant wood for such a piece.

I took ONE whack at Sketchup, but—with my lousy eyes—it just wasn’t intuitive. I couldn’t make anything work. There’s lots of instructions and tutorial videos online, but … I may have to pass.

Does Sketchup create your cutlist and show you how to make the cuts to maximize the yield of the boards and panels, too??

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 10:07 PM

Thank you.

Sketchup does have a free plugin called Cutlist that will layout boards based on average widths and thicknesses. If a piece is too big or too thick it will split it up. Very handy tool. Here is the link:

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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