My daughter Jenny found a nightstand she liked on the web. She asked me if I could build one like it for her. Of course, I said yes. Then I began looking closer at its design. The challenge was with two design elements: (1) the lock miter joints for the case, and (2) the 45 degree angle for the legs. To address the first issue I would need to purchase a lock miter router bit and practice. I may need to build a tall router fence and jig to hold the vertical piece firmly against the fence. Also I determined a corner block or brace was going to be needed to anchor those legs firmly against the aprons.
After selecting and purchasing the rough sawn walnut, I began milling this lumber. I have progressed to the point of where I am about to begin putting the case together. My practice with my new large lock miter router bit did not go well. I will need that tall router fence and a jig to hold or clamp the wood so it will travel across the router firmly and tightly to the fence; no rocking or tilting. A lot more practice with test pieces is also called for…
I have these milled piece “sticked”. They are patiently waiting for me to get the jig ready for use.
Sticked four squared lumber pieces.
Gluing the panels for the case: top, bottom, sides, back and front that is the drawer front.
Panels Ready for Final Dimensions and Joining
-- --- Happy Howie