Matching Nightstands (2 sets)

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Project by jcwalleye posted 01-22-2015 03:18 AM 980 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had the opportunity to build a couple sets of nightstands last fall and thought I’d post a few pictures of the process. These were to be a Christmas gift and I set a goal of using as much on hand materials as possible. Was successful at that as the only parts I purchased were the handles. Drew some plans in Sketch_Up .

First, here are some of the boards I accumulated from other projects or otherwise. You might notice 2 pieces of 8/4 curly maple I just couldn’t pass up at the lumber store. They had been special ordered for someone else but didn’t pass muster and so were being sold at soft maple prices. A bonus score.

Machined and labeled the parts for 1 pair to be made from cherry with maple drawers including the drawer faces from the curly maple.

A few pictures of the frames before glue up.

The frame was constructed with loose tenon joinery aided greatly by a friend’s loan of a domino jointer.

There was quite a bit of joinery involved.

Created a few setup pieces to ensure I lined up the router table correctly when cutting grooves.

Dry fit to get the drawer dimensions and get a feel for how the stands will look.

Dovetail the drawers and cut a slot for the bottom.

Pre-finish everything and start gluing up sub assemblies.

The end result 2 nice cherry/maple night stands.

The other two night stands were from real nice quarter sawn oak given to the person the stands were for intended for. They were pretty much the same except I added a few curves and an 1/8th inch gap (just for interest) to the side panels. I wasn’t sure how the oak and maple would look together, but the came out OK.

Thanks for looking.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 08:04 AM

Wow! I really like these.

Also, thanks for the pics showing your progress.

Beautiful work.

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 12:20 PM

Really nice nightstands. I like the design and the curly maple draw jumps at you. Thanks for the extra pics, great job.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 01:38 PM

Super nice builds. I like this size for an end table.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 09:06 PM

Great stands!! Also, wow, nice tidy shop. And how did you like the domino joiner? What brand is it?

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#5 posted 05-22-2016 01:41 PM

Going back through your projects, and I still think these are my favorites. I still haven’t been able to recreate the perfect finish you applied to these. Just love them. Been thinking about you lately, hope all is well! Garden in yet? Thinking about finally transplating our starts today!

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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