Nightstands #1: Preparation

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Blog entry by John_G posted 01-07-2012 09:36 PM 1498 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So i am embarking on my biggest and most involved project to date. My wife has wanted nightstands for our bedroom for quite awhile, and now that my shop is very well setup i’m going to give it a shot.

We did alot of research for a design that we liked. Myself being a lover of all things G&G but my skill level being no where near what’s needed i had to comprimise. We settled on an A&C look that i began modifying. Being an architect by trade i was able to take an idea, and put it into CAD and revise and change it to be what we wanted. What i tried to do was to add as much G&G to it as i could. Utilizing the “cloud lift” that makes G&G famous add a great look to it i think. There’s won’t be any thru tenons, or ebony plugs in this build sorry….lol

It was decided that i would make them out of quarter sawn white oak as well, just like most A&C furniture. I went to Morrisville NY to a guy who was selling wood at a great price. I ended up getting roughly 100B/Ft of QSWO for 180.00.

So the preparation began, with making two of these and needed so many pieces with curves on them i figured i’d make some templates out of 3/4” MDF and then use a flush trim/pattern bit. Hopefully using 3/4” MDF was a good idea, i was skeptile on it, so we’ll see.

My pieces all cut out from the plans…..

All glued to pieces of 3/4” MDF

All rough cut out and now it’s time to perfect them on the spindle sander….

Slowly getting there….

I really hope to keep up with this blog with as much detail as i possibly can. This looks like it’ll be a fun build and something even more fun to share.
One thing i would LOVE from all you out there is please feel free to offer any advice, and or comments on anything i’m doing. This being my first real furniture build i’m sure it’ll be a great learning experience.

Also if anyone knows how to post PDF’s to the blog let me know i have all my plans in that format and would like to post them as well…..

Thanks Everyone…. much much more to come…..

-- John Gray

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 06:16 AM

Good start. I really like the idea of using patterns, especially if you make a matching pair, or more. Works every time. Just wondering though why you used 3/4” MDF and not something thinner. You probably had it laying around the shop and needed to put it to use. Hey I just answered my own question. Never mind. I like the A&C cloud lift motif on the back panel. You get the “you suck” award at least for today, stealing, er buying QSWO at $1.8 per bf. I mean really, I bet you ask him to load it up for you! Just kidding…but not about the you suck. That’s yours to keep.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 04:35 PM

you are correct on the MDF, i would have probably used 1/2” if i had to go buy something but i had a piece of 3/4” laying around doing nothing.

-- John Gray

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