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Project by Eric posted 07-25-2014 02:20 PM 1181 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a nightstand for my wife. She’s been waiting a while for this one! Lost story short we moved and soon had a water leak in the basement. That’s now over and I have my first project complete for a while to post here.

The nightstand is made of my favorite wood, maple. The first photo shows the true color best. The other’s appear orange. I first hit it with a coat of transtint vintage maple dye, then a coat of verathane red chestnut stain, followed by watco gloss lacquer. She wanted the bright sheen look.

The most time-consuming part was building the drawer fronts. The mitered corners were a pain. No surprise there. I had to pause the project and build a reliable miter sled… thanks Steve Ramsey (WWMM). I got to use the miter sled again for the molding trim around the top. Its a nice little jig to have ready to go.

Now its time to build a stand for my side of the bed. Trying to choose if I want to get the lumber at the big box store…thinkness planed and ready to go or head back to the sawyer in which I will have to thinkness plane nearly all the lumber down to 3/4. Where do you purchase your lumber?

-- Eric

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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 02:46 PM

Beautiful work, wood, and finish. You deserve to have a your own thickness planer to support that quality of work.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 02:52 PM

I have a thinkness planer, just don’t like carrying out bags of all those chips! They add up fast don’t they?! Why thinkness plane if I don’t have to, right? haha

-- Eric

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 05:16 PM

Looks great!

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 04:27 AM

Those drawer fronts came out very nice.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 08:27 PM

i love this dresser, the finish and the details
nicely done

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 09-06-2015 08:16 PM

Love it. Very nice.
I don’t buy lumber from the big box stores. I buymine from a hardwood dealer. They charge .15 cents per board foot to plane it to 3/4.
I have a planer too. I don’t always have the free time to do it.

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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