Bedside tables #1: Concept

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Blog entry by FrankThomas posted 01-21-2010 11:42 PM 3715 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Beginning a new project and have the concept drawn in SketchUp. SketchUp is great by the. I enjoy the design phase of a project and have done a lot of pencil drawings with T-Square and ruler. Once I decided to spend the time to learn SketchUp I was surprised how quickly I could produce meaningful 3-d drawings.

Anyways, a pair of bedside tables to match some of the design elements of our simple sleigh bed. Hence the shape of the legs.
side table

A small drawer with a bottom shelf seemed like a good ides.

And often my wife has a TV tray next her side of the bed when she’s sick, or decided to do bills in bed, or does some hooking, ummm rug hooking that is. So I designed it with a pull out tray to increase the size of the table top.

I’ll follow up with construction pics as I move along with this project.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 11:49 PM

looks good, I can see now where the 7” comes into play.

you might want to change the grain orientation of the sides and fronts to go lengthwise so that movement across the whole construction will be even and consistent across the entire piece. other than that, a 1 7” board should be just fine given it’s moisture level is balanced out to your house.

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 02:41 AM

That’s nice, impressive design and SU work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 10:22 AM

Interesting design.

Nonetheless, don’t forget to account for the displacement of the CG when a fully loaded TV tray is put on the extended tray. I wouldn’t you to find a faulty calculation the hard way!

Keep us posted on the follow up of the actual table, please.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 04:18 AM

Thanks JoJo. That’s a good thought.

@purplev… Absolutely on the lengthwise grain orientation. I’ve been to 3 major lumber sources and only found one decent 4/4 8” wide walnut board. They are telling me that they are having a hard time getting walnut that wide. Well the one board at least is enough for the 2 drawer fronts (2 tables) and 2-3 sides so looks like glue up for the rest. Needed to glue up for the tops and shelves anyways.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 04:19 AM

Unique design

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