Pair of Nightstands

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Project by BacktotheWood posted 04-26-2014 11:14 AM 1186 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were a long time in the making. I decided to make these back in 2011. I knew about what I wanted them to look like and I knew I wanted them to be made of mesquite. I started picking up the tools I would need from CL. They had to be pretty good quality and in pretty good shape. If they only needed some cleaning and tuning and were cheap enough for me to afford, they were the right tools. I picked up a load of mesquite scraps, nothing longer that 4 ft. and nothing wider than 4 in. from CL.

I got some scrap pine and started learning how to use my tools. I learned how to use SketchUp and designed them, learning a lot about what would or would not work with the wood. Then I started the real nightstands in late Aug and finished them in early Nov.

I’ve made a lot of things, over the years, but I finally have made, what I can call, a piece of furniture. Some day I’ll be able to say that I make “Fine Furniture”. It just gets better from here.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#1 posted 04-26-2014 11:28 AM

That’s some really beautiful work, Bob. Gotta tell you, I really admire your tenacity. That’s the stuff of great craftsmen.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-26-2014 12:00 PM

^^What Gary said about the tenacity. I bet your next ones will be even better, you sure have it in you what it takes to succeed in this sawdust world.

Definitely going to shamlessly copy this desing into our next master bedroom!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#3 posted 04-26-2014 12:25 PM

Thanks guys, I’m really proud of these. I’ve just started a chest of drawers to go along with these and plan on making a bed. By the time I get done with those I expect my skill will be up to making something for sale. I don’t want to make a living at woodworking, I just want the satisfaction of knowing that my work is good enough for someone to pay the price for a piece of quality custom furniture.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#4 posted 04-26-2014 03:33 PM

It looks to me like you’re already making “Fine Furniture”, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Great design with the natural top shelf, really shows off the beauty of the wood, and in a very nice & unique way. These tables should be your signature pieces.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 04:45 PM

very cool, those are beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

#6 posted 04-26-2014 06:29 PM

What an incredible way to showcase the live edge look. Very contemporary but classy. Great work!

-- JEWELL HARDWOODS Produces High Quality Hardwood Slabs & Lumber for Custom Live-Edge Furniture.

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#7 posted 04-27-2014 03:17 AM

Beautiful pieces. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 04-27-2014 05:08 AM

Unique and way cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 01:32 AM

That is a very unique, interesting and good looking design. The night sands look great and I look forward to seeing the chest of drawers to complete the set.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 02:19 AM

beautiful !

-- Let's do the best we can !

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#11 posted 04-28-2014 08:46 PM

You’ve outdone yourself! Great construction and excellent work.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 04-29-2014 12:32 AM

Those are amazing night stands! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

-- Dean

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