The Nightstands Build #3: The Dry Fit

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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 08-21-2010 10:44 PM 5681 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Update, pattern cutting the curves on aprons and legs Part 3 of The Nightstands Build series Part 4: Slicing the veneers and making the half-blind dovetail drawers »

Well, I finally got to the dry fit. It took forever. I know I still have a lot to do before these are finished, but to see it assembled felt great after all the mess ups I’ve had to fix. I still have a couple more minor things to do such as planing down the top aprons a bit, and a few of the tenons aren’t as snug as I’d like, but other than that it went together really well. I could always reglue piece and then redo the tenon, but at this point I kind of just want to move forward. I plan on pinning them too so I’m not sure how crucial it will be after glue up. It looks like I’ll also have to sand out the current cherry darkening, because I can see the sticker lines on the panels :(

Anyways, it took a lot longer than expected to dry fit one of them since I was fixing fitting issues as I was assembling. I’m hoping the second stand dry fit will go faster tomorrow.

Here is the second one in pieces

After that is finished, I can start on the tops. I’ve decided to slice veneers from the curly cherry board I have. I have a few of these boards, but I also want to do a matcing bedframe and dresser eventually, and I don’t have enough to match. So I’m going to veneer them and then frame the top in hard maple. Here is an updated sketchup of final look.

So now the big question, after sanding and scraping, how much of the finish do I do before glue up? I’m still deciding what I want to do, although I did purchase Charles Neil’s Precolor conditioner so I know thats going on first. I am not going to dye the cherry, I want the color to be natural. Any suggestions on a finish? I was probably thinking an oil finish with some sort of top coat.

Thanks for looking.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 03:29 AM

That’s a ‘sexy’ looking nightstand! Nice curvy lines. Looks strong with those dovetails.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 08-22-2010 03:37 AM

Thanks Ron. I have to give a shout out to DaveR for helping me design those legs. The originals didn’t look anything like that, these look much nicer. Those curves were a real nightmare though for me to cut at first, mainly because my jig wasn’t sturdy enough. Once I fixed that it got a lot easier.

The dovetails definitely make it sturdier when you attach those to the top, I really like them there, although they will never be seen :( when the top is on. Thats ok though, I’ll be doing half blind on the drawer fronts.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 02:56 PM

nice work. how did that resawing go?

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 03:10 PM

Very nice work. I love the joinery and the design. Thanks for showing this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-23-2010 03:33 PM

Those nightstands looks great.

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 03:48 PM

Thank you for the compliments.

Aaron, I didn’t get a chance to this weekend. I did the dry fit of this one on Saturday. On sunday I was hoping to dry fit the second one and slice veneer on the band saw for the top. Sunday morning though I picked up an HF 12×33 3/8” floor lathe for $200 after sale and coupons :) It’s hard to say no when your wife says something along the lines of “You’ve been talking about a lathe for a year now. Will you just get the damn thing so you’ll shut up about it.” LOL. I don’t plan on setting it up until the stands are done, but I couldn’t say no to the price after watching it for a year.

While unloading it from the truck with help from my wife, I threw out my back supporting most of the weight as we lowered it down. So I didn’t do anything yesterday after that. I had to take off work today as well to recover. Sitting in an office chair in front of a computer for 8 hours is NOT comfortable right now. Hopefully I’ll have a chance this week to slice them in time for a weekend glue up, but we’ll see.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 08-23-2010 06:36 PM

youch! congrats on the new tool though.

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#8 posted 09-18-2010 03:43 AM

The nightstands are come’n along nicely! Congrats on the new lathe! You will have a lot of fun on that thing! I do on mine.

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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