Asian Arts & Crafts Night Stand #1: Catching up...

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Blog entry by azwoodman posted 05-08-2010 12:14 AM 3056 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’ve been working on this project since January. Its been a really fun and very educational experience. There have been lots of “firsts.” This semester I have been taking a Woodworking Class at my local community college. Although the class isn’t really geared toward any particular set of woodworking skills it has given me an opportunity to build a project under the supervision of a more “seasoned” woodworker.

When the class began we were instructed to choose a plan for a project that we would like to complete. I had been working on some designs in SketchUp prior to that and decided to build one of them. I had promised to build a nightstand for my wife for Christmas so I already had purchased the lumber.

In this post I’ll include several pictures and a few iPhone videos that I’ve taken along the way. When I finally finish the project, I’ll post it on my projects page.

Here’s a couple of images of the SketchUp model that I did…


I could have waited till later to do this but here is an image of how I glued up the table top from two pieces using biscuits to help align it. That was the first time I’d used a biscuit joiner and I’ve gotta say, I think I’m gonna have to get me one…


Here are a few pictures of my clamping strategy. You may notice that some of the pictures are taken in different shops. That’s because I did the majority of the first steps at school and have been doing some “homework” in my own shop.


In these pictures you can see how things are coming together:


I saved the drawer for last, probably because I found it intimidating. I wanted to do half blind dovetails to show a nice touch of craftsmanship but I had never done it before. I don’t have a router table or a dovetail jig but I do have a dozuki and some chisels. (I did cheat a little bit though, I used the scroll saw to cut out the tails.)

Here’s a little video of my FIRST DOVETAILS EVER!!!

You can tell that I am less than impressed with my results on the first go-around but “practice makes perfect”, right?

Here are a couple pictures of the half blinds that I did. The first one is right after I got them fit and the second is after I glued the drawer together and sanded the sides nice and flat. I made all of the pins a bit long so that I could sand them flush once it was glued up… (To fill the gaps in my joints I mixed up some two part structural epoxy with some sanding dust)


And finally, here’s a little video tour of the table before I did the drawer…

I’ve been experimenting with some finishes that I’m considering so I’ll show some of that as I get some pictures and video.

*By the way, has anybody used the Behlen’s Water Based Grain Filler? I haven’t been getting really good results with my experiments… It could definitely be user error… but maybe that stuff just sucks?... any advice would be appreciated…

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 12:39 AM

That is an unbelievably nice table!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 12:41 AM

Thanks Captain!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 01:22 AM

very nice table, i have never attempted any dovetails they are intimidating.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 04:37 PM

Coming along man!

Don’t sweat it on the dovetails. I have projects around the house and with friends and family that show how far I have come. It is fun to look back on those projects and remember all the lessons learned on each one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 04:40 PM

I agree with Jarrod. The real sophistication of your design is the subtlety of the curved legs.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 04:47 PM

Thats going to be a nice table.

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#7 posted 05-08-2010 10:38 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#8 posted 05-10-2010 05:15 PM

Nice job guy

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 05:37 PM

I would have to agree with the cap. very nice job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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