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Project by iminmyshop posted 11-12-2014 01:00 PM 2194 views 17 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of a pair of nightstands I made. The project was started over a year ago but then got sidetracked as other things got in the way. I also waited until I learned how to make dovetails. It was finally finished at the end of the summer. The drawer fronts and case are of cherry. The drawer handles, taken from an article in Fine Woodworking, are made from Wenge and brass tubing. The legs were the biggest challenge on this piece. To get the proportions right about a dozen cardboard mock-ups were made first. 1/8” too much or too little and they looked clunky or spindly, too thick shouldered or scrawny. Then I made a wood mock-up from some 2×4’s to practice getting the recess right. The recess was made using a template and router.

http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/





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#1 posted 11-12-2014 02:29 PM

Beautiful all the way around. Great work.

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 02:57 PM

Wonderful work. Don’t take this the wrong way but – “Nice legs”!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 03:08 PM

looks great

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 03:22 PM

Beauty!! elegant lines and gentle curves like a young maiden.
great job on your drawer slides. The metal ball bearing ones would have ruined this piece … a work of art sir.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 03:42 PM

Came out beautiful. Your effort to get the look you wanted paid off. The whole piece is very pleasing to the eye. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 03:44 PM

Wow! Very nice. the leg assembly is out standing.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 11-12-2014 03:54 PM

Lovely. I really like the sculpted legs and the drawer pulls.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#8 posted 11-12-2014 05:09 PM

FANTASTIC!

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 11-12-2014 05:18 PM

Some really nice work even though some of it is not in plain sight.

How did you make the sculpted legs to insure they would all be the same?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 11-12-2014 06:17 PM

I really like everything about this. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 11-12-2014 09:46 PM

Nice piece of work!

-- Ed

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#12 posted 11-12-2014 09:53 PM

Some really nice work even though some of it is not in plain sight.
How did you make the sculpted legs to insure they would all be the same?

First, thanks for all the really nice comments above.

Oldnovice – I’m not sure which parts are not in plain sight that you would like to see?

The legs were all made the same by using templates. Once the boards were squared, I cut the joinery since that is easiest to do when the parts are still flat and have easy reference points. Then I drew in the dimensions using a 1/4” MDF template (to get left and right just flip the template). The boards were rough cut leaving between 1/8” – 1/16” which was then removed with a guided router bit following the template. A 2nd template was made for the part that is cut a bit deeper near the drawers. That was shaped with a rounded, guided router bit. There are probably other better ways but that’s how I did it. If others have suggestions to do it more easily in the future I hope they will share them.

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#13 posted 11-12-2014 10:33 PM

Sure looks like you got all your dimensions correct….........Looks beautiful.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 11-12-2014 10:51 PM

Exquisite table. I like the legs and details.

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#15 posted 11-12-2014 11:04 PM

Nice job..

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