Shaker Night Stand #3: A tree grows up in my basement

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 12-19-2009 07:27 PM 2127 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Houston? We have wood.

2×11 x 72 – this is the bad boy that gets a quiet evening with the planer, jointer, and table saw:

A sheet of 1/4” and a sheet of 3/4” African Mahogany ply (with either a chewy nougat center or an MDF center. Not sure which….):

I passed my boards!

Up close and personal….

It’s a good thing they’re not supposed to look alike!

... it IS all Mahogany …. right?

Anyway … the wood is never going to look any better than it does in these pics ;-) I should be starting out, either Sunday evening or Monday morning…..

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 07:46 PM

Cool, looks like fun, I am workong on a dresser for my daughter, I glued up the frame last night and will attack the drawers this afternoon, however it is good that glue up and sanding and applying finish are at the end of the project cause they are my least favorite part of building. I have invested this much time energy, thought and money, that I can not turn back now. HaHaHaHaHa.
Have fun,

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 07:51 PM

I’m sure Paul Bunyan and blue made the delivery…beautiful wood neil…enjoy the heck out of this project…working with a good hardwood is a blast..and each night when you lay in bed and can look at what you made…its smiles all the time…...congrats bro…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 07:54 PM

i cant believe they gave you pine and told you it was mahogany…man..they sure got you……...couldnt resist

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 07:56 PM

Cool Wood Neil

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 08:31 PM

Nice looking woods Neil. I thought the bunch you put together in the one pic looked really good. were shaker night stands made out of mahogany? Don’t worry, Just teasing you. Hope you blog the build so we can enjoy the process too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 08:33 PM

This looks pretty good, Neil. The mahogany is gorgeous. I like the different grain patterns that the boards have. This adds to the visual interest in the finished piece.

As far as the boards not looking any better than this wait until you hit them with a finish coat. They are going to be beautiful.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 09:18 PM

My prayers are with you , Neil….now don’t you dare screw it up !!! LOL …Happy Holidays to you and yours : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 03:50 AM

eeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkk. I would be scared to screw up those pretty, and expensive!! boards.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU. it 110 or 220…............

from a post I just made to dbHost….......

Posted the link to my Sketchup file for the, hopefully, final version of the Soooper Sled. There is also a new blog entry, Revision 2

Soooper Sled Sketchup File

Got a new blog item, Sketchup textures for woodworking.

Sketchup Texture Blog

Check it out. There is a link to common wood textures with horizontal and vertical for oriented material, easier than positioning the texture. I will make textures on demand, also. These are seamlessly tiling textures, I don’t use a special program, I like more control. Occasionally I generate them out of the effects in the graphics program, more frequently mutate a photograph.

Got to make some sawdust tomorrow, I am tired of this computer stuff…...................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 04:13 AM

Thanks so much, All:

Mike: Somewhere in the history of Shaker furniture, I feel confident that somebody made something out of mahogany … if even by accident ;-)

Scott: thanks for the vote of confidence, but … a whole lot can happen between then and now ;-)

JimBertelson: Finally. Somebody who understands my angst ;-)

Your new sled is a certified beast! I love it!! Thanks for posting that textures file! I’ll grab it tomorrow. I overdid it, today, trying to convert my night stand plans into Sketchup (using DaveR’s teachings!). This is as far as I’ve gotten:

Not only will I learn the program better, but should learn the plans better, too!

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 12-20-2009 04:30 AM

Re Sketchup, DaveR is the man. He knows it and knows how to teach it. I turn to him as well.

Its all about components. I put the more complicated ones in separate files and copy them in. Those you have are relatively simple. My protractor arms with the knobs and T-bolts I developed in separate files. Actually, the knobs and bolts have a file of their own. Makes them more reusable, and you can’t screw up the rest of the stuff. Hiding things helps to keep the clutter down while you are working. I am sure Dave told you that stuff, or you already figured it out.

Since we are going to the company Christmas party tonight, Kermit, my 20 year old conure, and I, had a party with a bowel of filberts in the shell. Now I can put him to bed early and not feel guilty. He sure does make a mess. Those birds are just like lumberjocks with sawdust, just let the trash fall…......except we LJ’s have to clean it up eventually. Kermit is challenged in the cleanup department.

So have a good evening, I hope to make a little sawdust tomorrow and stay off of this computer till the afternoon. I am making a resolution not to have a hangover….....Sherie is the designated driver. Be sure to check out Mike’s Norway Christmas greeting….......



-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 12-20-2009 05:28 AM

So that’s what a couple of night stands look like in the flat, eh? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 12-21-2009 05:00 PM

Very nice wood.
Have fun and don’t swallow too much dust.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#13 posted 12-23-2009 06:23 PM

Nice haul of wood.

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