|Project by jcwalleye||posted 01-22-2015 03:18 AM||980 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
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--