Shaker Night Stand #7: Drawers -- it's something ;-)

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 01-07-2010 12:28 AM 2341 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not too productive since the holidays. Having to tend to … well … life.

But … I banged out the drawers for the first night stand, today.

Dadoes and rabbets and bears, oh, my!


You can sort of see … on the last picture … where an attempt at a vertical dado on a drawer side split a chunk off the ply. I can’t be bothered. The drawer face will be mahogany hardwood. Please don’t tell anybody, though ;-)

Hope to get caught up on the rest of y’all, and your goings on, soon.

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 12:57 AM

Looking nice Neil. Thanks for posting your progress.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 01:07 AM

Looks good, my freind. Your shop must be warmer than mine, I have to bring everything in to my daughters room and glue stuff up, fortunately I only do this when she is at her mothers house. What a pain though, one weekend she asked why she needed so many clamps on her bed?. I told her it was so she didn’t fall out. Followed by a Daaaaaaad.
Anyway good to see the progress, once I finally finish her dresser, I have been given the go ahead to build another dresser like mine for my son, out of…..Mohogany, bought it at rockler the other day its on sale for $4.99 a BF right now. Looking forward to that. Keep up the good work, look forward to MC season again.

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

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 01:34 AM

good work ,neil .

they look good enough to put things in !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 02:55 AM

your doing a great job amigo…this will all go into that file in your head of accomplishment..then next time you’ll have the confidence…be glad your able…good showing

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

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 04:00 AM

Greetings Beener:

Looking good, son, looking good. I like the locking miter you used. I know how to make one of those—I just never have yet….. lol. All I can say is…...... keep on keeping on…..... Be sure and keep us posted on the progress…..... we want to see the finish product….....s

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 04:09 AM

Good job Neil nice drawers

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 08:14 AM

Your making waves Neil, looks good. I am packed and should be lifting off at 1015 tomorrow for Maui. It is always a bear getting ready for a vacation, but Hawaii is my easiest. Just need a slightly warm coat, and everything else is shorts, t-shirts, and jungle clothes. Usually putting my portable computer in order the hardest task for Hawaii. Hopefully I will have internet and will watch your progress peering over a cold one, unless I am distracted by ….er…....people on the beach.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 09:06 AM

Nice start….holidays are over, now you just have to wrap the night stands around them!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 01-07-2010 02:36 PM

Nice job!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 07:51 PM

I glad you explained that first picture Neil. At first I thought is was an assortment of Jan. 1st remedies. The drawers look good. Now if they just fit in the holes, LOL.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-08-2010 06:14 AM

Thanks much, all!!

Mike: I don’t know WHAT all that junk is on my workbench. I guess that’s why I need an assembly table.

JimBertelson: This morning, I left the house in -15 degree (F) weather. Right now, it’s -8. Enjoy Maui (grumble, gripe, mutter, grumble!).

Have to fit the holes? Have to build night stands around them??? You guys are scaring the snot out of me!!!

Launched the dado stack. Cut the ZCI for it. I’ve got LOTS of dadoes to cut, and decided against using the router table as I move forward (I may re-visit that decision, though!).

My first two practice dadoes, though, were not properly centered, so … I put that aside and built a hardboard skirt for my router table instead. Installed a port in the back, using a 2-into-1 adapter thingie that will link upper and lower dust ports (need the hose). It looks like crap, but … who cares LOL! It should work a charm.

Also … got stuck going right by Woodcraft, this morning. Bought their tenoning jig. Hope it’ll make Night Stand #2 a bit quicker, if not better.

So … still to go on Night Stand #1: lots of dadoes, lots of mortises, lots of me sweating bullets!

And … Andrew: On my daily list of things for which I have to remind myself to be grateful … IS the fact that my shop is in the basement, instead of the garage. It’s SURE got pros AND cons, but … the temp is amazingly constant (about 64F), no matter what the outside weather.

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 01-08-2010 08:56 AM

Was 81 deg F here…......we sweltered unpacking our clothes…......slipping on my T-shirt and shorts, would you believe, forgot my shoes, its just so….....muggy here….you know… be careful there…..frozen things fall off…................

Sorry about Woodcraft, it’s so fortuitous to get stuck there, the people are so solicitous, and I bet they seduced you with everything you needed…........

Don’t make any mistakes now….........I have nothing better to do than critique and supervise….....I like to supervise. So I’ll wake up tomorrow, wipe the dew and errant beach sand off the computer, shield it from the heat and sun, and peer at the screen, that is if the beach scene gets dull, and if so, then I will divine what you have been up to…...think of me as… quality control with an attitude, perhaps a different latitude, and a little lime and a brew…........ the morning….....I’ll get serious


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 01-12-2010 06:06 AM

The drawers looks great.

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