Life as an Amateur Woodworker #62: Bedside Tables Finished

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 11-27-2015 09:49 PM 764 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having previously varnished the units to match the bed, I started early today, the first job was preparing the drawer fronts, I decided that because they are recessed it would not have looked right, to route the edges, I sanded them up to 320 grit, then drilled and fitted the handle screws in place. They then had a coat of varnish, and were left to dry.

I made some stops, out of scrap mahogany to stop the drawers coming all the way out, they are just held to the back of each drawer by a single screw, so if needed, you can reach in and turn the stop to remove the drawer.

The drawer knobs were then epoxied onto the screws, I was determined that the problem that always bugs me with bought furniture, where after a while the handle pulls off the screw, was not going to happen here. Time then to fit the drawer fronts, I used a brass spacer bar to set the position in front of the drawer, and then screwed through from the inside. Because the fronts are only screwed on, they could always be changed at a later date, if there was damage, or a change of design.

Time then to fit the tops, they are just pocket-holes screwed from underneath, again if there is any damage they can now be replaced. I masked off the units and took them outside, where I sprayed the tops with lacquer to give some protection from a wet glass or anything else damp. Back inside, I then glued and brad nailed the backs on, replaced the drawers, job finished!

They will now sit in the workshop for a day or two, until any fumes have dissipated, and at some time in the future, I will line the drawers, but that is not urgent. As for any more big projects, not for a while, it will be back to maintenance now!!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 11-27-2015 11:07 PM

They came out very nice Phil. You will enjoy using them all the more because you built them yourself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-27-2015 11:42 PM

Thanks Mike, you were very kind not to point out my deliberate mistake… I have just noticed that the left top drawer front is upside down, I will have to change that this week-end!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 01:15 AM


Looks good even if it iws Upside down LOL! Oh Yeah post it as a project!!!!!! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 01:41 AM

Thanks Tom, I’ll get around to the’Project’ post shortly :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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