Night Stand in Pine - Unfinished

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Project by ScottyB posted 10-30-2008 04:56 PM 2800 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a while since I have last posted anything on the site. I have been picking up some lumber for a few projects I have in mind and also had some projects for SWMBO. Here is one of the projects that I am finishing as more of a lesson learner for some of my next projects that will require more patience and skill. I like using pine and living in Houston there is an over abundance of it available. This comes from Wood Magazine’s October 2008 issue. I kept it simple so there are no curved aprons on this one. The top of the table is in another post.

Things in the “what would I do next time” column: First, measure twice cut once applies to mortises…if you have four legs, mark and measure them together so that all measurements are consistent. I did not have to re-cut pieces for this one but did have to do a lot of sanding of legs to get everything even on top. The mortis on one of the legs is crooked and I had a hell of a time getting it straight. The night stand is very stable and I was surprised at how level it is to the floor.

Please let me know what you think and, as always, helpful criticism is welcomed.

-- "may it be done according to your word"

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#1 posted 10-30-2008 05:09 PM

You did a swell job.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 10-31-2008 03:18 AM

I am not a big fan of pine, becasue it is so soft and the sanding dust affect my sinuses too much, but that night stand looks really nice. Just curious if you wanted the knotty pine look in the leg?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 10-31-2008 04:57 AM

I saw that same plan in wood. I’m thinking I might make one as well, but I’m thinking I might only use one drawer.

I like that you included the knots!

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#4 posted 11-02-2008 05:08 AM

Hi Scotty. Lenny in Rhode Island here. I guess several of us have the nightstand bug. I am about to make one as a retirement gift for a coworker. I contacted a family member of hers and learned she could use a nice night table. I was looking at red oak today and decided not to spend that much on the project so I opted for some D-select pine instead. I plan to fashion it after the nightstands I made for the LOML and myself (see my home page for a photo).

I would like to offer two comments. I noticed that the proportions of your project seem off. I think it is that the drawers, a highlight of the project, should stand out from the rails and apron. You will notice in the Wood magazine project that the front rails are only 1 3/4” wide and the apron 2” (but actually narrower due to the curve) while the drawers are just over 2 1/2” wide. It is a personal opinion but I think it makes for a more aesthetically pleasing look. Secondly, I see what appears to be a fair amount of dried glue on the back panel in the 3rd picture. You are going to have to scrape or sand that glue off before applying your finish. You can save yourself a lot of work wiping as much of that glue off as you can when you do your glue up and clamping. I hope you do not take offense to my comments. I mean none. I am hopeful that they are of some help. Keep making that sawdust!


-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 11-08-2008 05:28 AM


Thanks! I tend to get many “it looks great” as comments and not too many detailed criticims. So to your comments…The easy one first, I have spent three nights trying to get the glue off! I have only found sand paper to be effective. I have also found that getting into the corners is a devil of a trick! SO, your comment on the glue is well taken. Do you have any suggestions on other methods? I tried mineral spirits and denatured alcohol with little effect.

On the proportions, is it width of the drawers to hight of the front of the apron? Is the curve of the apron the aesthetic detail that balances out the piece? Would a single large drawer balance out the piece? More detail greatfully appriciated.

-- "may it be done according to your word"

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#6 posted 11-08-2008 05:50 AM


I do like the look of the knots, the only one I wanted was the one on the leg because is looks very good in person. On the drawer I was trying to match the grain and that was the closet piece I had. I am still on the fince about the knot on the drawer.

-- "may it be done according to your word"

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#7 posted 11-08-2008 06:47 AM

Hello Scotty. I am a shop teacher in st louis area and I would honestly give this a low A/High B. Especially since the goofs are minor. Design is everything. You may want people to notice the tapered legs vs the drawer fronts. Just selecting the stock is important. I always teach my students to select stock for the most visible pieces first so you don’t accidentally cut them up for something else.

Another thing I have the students do, which I see you basically have already started, is an project eval. What would they do different, what would they do same, etc. Now most won’t build same project exactly again, but they can use the oop’s and positives they encountered on another project.

I tell the students that woodworking is a lot like a dance squad during the half time show. Being teens and mostly boys, I know they pay attention to them. Dancing is a lot of simple steps done in the correct order at the correct time and it looks great. If one of the dancers are off, the dance doesn’t look so good, but it is still a dance routine.

The same goes with woodworking, so to speak. Woodworking is a sequence of simple (some not so simple) steps done in the correct order with some degree of accuracy, they project will look great. For example, not cleaning the glue up, made your goings a little more difficult. Most of my students learn after the first project that sanding before assembly makes everything go smoother (pardon my pun on words)

Hope this helps, and feel free to ask me any questions. Tooldad

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 05:14 AM


One of the best lessons learned from 20 years in the Army is the most important mission execution step is the after actions review. That is where you get the best information on your performance. I like putting my projects on the web so that I can get feed back from other people that may not be as invested as I am on my projects. Thanks for your comments.

Also, how do you like being a shop teacher? I would imagine it is a great job.


-- "may it be done according to your word"

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