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Nightstand Progress #1: Unifinished Business

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 03-30-2007 06:58 AM 1380 reads 0 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to blog this project and a few others in order to inspire myself to get motivated and finish.

History
When we bought our new bed, our old frame had to go. So I decided as any reasonable woodworker would, “I’ll make all new bedroom furniture.” (It seemed like a good idea at the time).

We only have one nightstand which stinks for the nightstandless person (not me this year). So I decided to make twin nightstands.

Design
I picked the Harvey Ellis designed Stickley 110 Nightstand. I made a design change by adding a solid back instead of open back. These stands are interesting because they have two drawers for little things and a shelf for books.

Challenges
This project offered me several challenges: Curved rails, dovetailed drawers, panel construction, wood drawer runners, and lots of resawing.

Progress
I worked steadily(weekends) on both for about three months but have had them in storage since. Here are the results so far

Still to do
  1. glue and sand drawers
  2. fit drawers
  3. finish drawers and top
  4. add pulls
  5. secure top

Does anyone know a good source for mahogony pulls in a simple shaker style?
I am not ready to learn to turn.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-30-2007 11:29 AM

I love it when we get to follow a project from “beginning” to end….

hare: pulls—as in door pulls? (brain’s not working this morning).. have you looked at Lee Valley?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 03-30-2007 02:01 PM

hmm… don’t like the old bed… lets make a whole new bedroom set! Sounds reasonable enough to me – but we’re lumberjocks, reasonable may not enter into it!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 03-30-2007 02:27 PM

Sorry, Giz… no ideas on the mahogany pulls. Or rather, no ideas on where you can purchase factory-made pulls.

Personally, I think you should add “Turning my own mahogany pulls” to your list of Challenges.

Come on, man, take the dive! Expand, expound, experience! Find a local woodturner (check for wood turner guilds in your area) and ask him to show you how. Better yet, ask him to help you learn how.

If you really don’t want to do it, then come up with a few drawings or dimensions (or buy the style you’re looking for in metal or a different wood through a hardware catalog and pay a local turner a few bucks to make them for you.

That might be some really good motivation for you, Giz!

“Wow, man, that’s a fantastic pair of night stands! Did you make those yourself?”

“Yeah, I did! Well… all except for those little turned knobs. I paid someone else to turn them for me.”

;)

Nyah… I’m sure that wouldn’t bother you. Would it?

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 03-30-2007 03:03 PM

Ethan… evil pusher!! hehehe :)
How can you NOT make them yourself, now??!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 03-30-2007 03:20 PM

These are all good points… but I want to finish this thing. Plus I have no lathe. I guess I could just stand close to some mahogany with a gouge and wait for the world to revolve around me.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#6 posted 03-30-2007 03:56 PM

hahaa see?? where there’s a will – there’s a way!
You could try whittling. (just get the muscle salve ready)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 03-30-2007 04:25 PM

For cryin out loud what did you do for 3 months?

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#8 posted 03-30-2007 04:28 PM

Forget the mahogany pulls, finish the project and put it in the room. Git ‘er done!

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#9 posted 03-30-2007 04:49 PM

Not three months straight. I only worked on them for a couple hours each weekend.

Plus, I built a shop during this time.

Plus have you seen my house?


But point taken. Thanks for the kick in the *.

John

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#10 posted 03-30-2007 04:53 PM

By the way,

I have got about three more 80% done projects. I am a multi-tasker.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#11 posted 03-30-2007 04:55 PM

O.K. as long as you’re doing somethng else and not just watching tv while you got projects sittin’.

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#12 posted 03-30-2007 04:57 PM

Does blogging count?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#13 posted 03-30-2007 04:58 PM

Blogging is work-related… The exchange of ideas (That’s my story and…)

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#14 posted 03-30-2007 05:00 PM

I can’t believe how many photos you post in the blogs, that is great. The last time I tried, I burnt an hour and a half and was so frustrated I haven’t even attempted again. That is why I did “Cheating on the Blog” and why I haven’t blogged any of the techniques that I have photos of.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#15 posted 03-30-2007 05:00 PM

Someday…

When I retire….. ahhh…... sweet dream…

Note to my employer(should you read this): I love my job. That was hyperbole.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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