I’m working on a night light for a friend’s baby, who is due in about a month. The design is one published in Woodsmith a number of years ago. I’ve made two of these before for my two youngest nephews.
The first was made strictly to the plans. For the second I changed two of the light panel designs to personalize it for that little boy. This one will also have 2 custom light panels.
I’m making this one out of walnut. I’ve got all the parts cut and have just completed the dadoes on the sides. I made a deviation from the plans in creating the side stock. The plans call for gluing a 1/4 inch piece to a 1/2 inch piece to minimize waste. The side stock is cut to width then dadoes are cut for the back, a storage area (for the light panels not in use), a middle support and for the light panels. The front and back edges will be trimmed to a total thickness of 1/2 inch, rather than the current 3/4 inch.
Incidentally I got an unexpected safety reminder while routing the dadoes the other day. While I was routing the large dado for the storage area, using a 1/4 inch straight bit something happened and the bit came up through the wood. Had my hand not been at the edge of the wood well away from the bit I could have been severely injured. Reminder to all – never hold wood down over a bit with your hand. I ended finishing the dado with a chisel.
I was able to fix the extra hole in the wood, and it’s almost invisible. You may be able to see some of the fix in this picture.
-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com