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Blog series by Eric_S updated 05-08-2011 02:51 AM 7 parts 27290 reads 60 comments total

Part 1: Nightstand Progress

03-23-2010 01:01 AM by Eric_S | 11 comments »

I’ve been saying I would post pics on the nightstand progress for a while so I thought I would actually do what I said. The nightstands are progressing nicely. These pics aren’t really exciting though but its a work in progress. The legs are hard maple and the rest is cherry. THe panels are more of a Red cherry and the top and drawer fronts when finished will be curly cherry. The legs. On the 4th leg from the left I had to use maple wood filler half way up after partially ...

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Part 2: Update, pattern cutting the curves on aprons and legs

06-28-2010 01:52 PM by Eric_S | 4 comments »

Well its been a while since I posted an update on the everlasting build of the nightstands. I’m starting to move much quicker now with the build, but still only get a few hours a week to work on it. I’m still on though to apply finish before end of July so hopefully by August it will be fully assembled. All thats left now is the Drawers and top, and a few big fixes to some mistakes which might be more time consuming than I think to fix. These pictures don’t show too mu...

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Part 3: The Dry Fit

08-21-2010 10:44 PM by Eric_S | 8 comments »

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 mo...

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Part 4: Slicing the veneers and making the half-blind dovetail drawers

10-10-2010 11:17 PM by Eric_S | 5 comments »

Life got in the way again and it took me a few weeks longer to get a lot more done with the nightstands. I hope to have the stands finished by first or second week of November now. All thats left are the tops and fitting the drawers. There are a few lessons I learned along the way, as always. 1) Don’t plane veneers thinner than 1/8” or you’re asking for trouble.2) Before chiseling half blind dovetail pins, its best to sweep up the surrounding area in case you chip a ...

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Part 5: The Nightstand Tops and how I messed them up

11-15-2010 02:59 PM by Eric_S | 12 comments »

So I was super confident that I’d finish the stands this weekend(minus final sanding and finish). Well now I’m not so sure :( I had fitted the drawers. They have a little bit more gap around the sides than I’d like but aren’t anything to be concerned over. So anyways, things with the tops started out smoothly. First, here is how I glued up the veneers without a veneer press using Cold Press Veneer Glue. I cut two templates that are the same size as the panel be...

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Part 6: Fixing some mistakes with Inlay - Part 1 of 2

02-16-2011 04:37 PM by Eric_S | 2 comments »

I’ve finally decided to get back to finishing the nightstands that have been going on for over a year now. They are very close to being finished. Once I finish this inlay hopefully by next week, all thats left is final sanding and then waiting for it to warm up a bit to apply my finish which in itself could take a while. Speaking of the finish, I’d like to take a second to thank Charles Neil for taking time to e-mail me a few times and help me out with finishing questions and s...

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Part 7: Update on the stands, redoing the tops(again) and final sanding

05-08-2011 02:51 AM by Eric_S | 18 comments »

Hey everyone, it’s good to be back. Had to take some time off due to work and life getting in the way as always and also some time to think about how I wanted to tackle the tops. In my last blog, i tried fixing my tearout mistakes with inlays. Well that didn’t go to well either and the tops looked far worse in some places. I wasn’t happy with such obvious mistakes being so visible so I scrapped the old tops however I will be saving them to use on smaller boxes or jewelry...

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