OSB Nightstand

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Project by Duplenty posted 03-03-2009 10:16 AM 22913 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first Project!

I recently moved and needed a nightstand that would fit snugly into a little niche left between the bed and the adjacent wall. I’ve just about had it with IKEA, so that was out of the question. Besides, they probably don’t have one that fit perfectly. Also, I need to have my Philips Wake-Up light and Nespresso= machine to get out of that coma called sleep, which leave room for little else (books, glasses etc.), so I wanted one with two levels.

The material used is “oriented strand board”. A while ago I used some OSB for a job, and I completely fell in love with the material. There’s so much life in it. It gives a sort of 3D effect that I like, and when varnished it kind of “sparkles”, as each strand mirror light at different angles. I had some scraps left over from that job, which is what I used for the nightstand, so it was basically free!

All the visible corners are mitered. I wanted to create the effect that the nightstand was molded in one piece. Since I’m no master miterer, that didn’t happen, but if you look at it from a distance and are nearsighted, it kinda does. Mitering this material is both merciless and forgiving at the same time. The material simply crumbles at the corners, so one needs to be careful, but if you manage to leave the edges unscathed, the “busyness” of the texture hides many imperfections. Where the connections are not mitered, I used dowels for extra strength. Because of that, I now have a biscuit joiner.

I made the door by cutting out the opening with a fine toothed jigsaw half way, then installing the hinges before cutting out the rest, so the cut-out became the door. This made any adjustments to the hinges obsolete, but it did make the hinges visible, thus breaking with the molded-in-one-piece look. I decided it was worth it.

Lessons learned:
Dowels is a %¤&#%, biscuit joiners are the future.
When mitering, tape is civilization.
When a lot of effort have been put into something, it can all be for nothing if you stop three steps before the finish line; sandpaper, dammit!
Making furniture is fun and possible.

-- Carpent! And thou shalt be saved....

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#1 posted 03-03-2009 10:44 AM

looks pretty good to me

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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#2 posted 03-03-2009 11:34 AM

I never would have thought to use OSB for furniture, but you make it stylish.

Not surprising you had some trouble with dowels in OSB. It’s a bit too coarse for holding a clean hole in its edge. Biscuits tend to be better in composite materials because of the better orientation of the biscuit with the ‘grain’ and therefore better holding power. You’re very brave to try miters with OSB, but nicely done!

Very cool first project!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 03-03-2009 02:07 PM

I’m near sighted!!!
It looks better than anything I’ve built in the last year.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#4 posted 03-03-2009 02:08 PM

Whoever said you can’t make a silk purse from a sows ear?

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#5 posted 03-03-2009 02:08 PM

Personally I would never use OSB in a display piece.

I gotta say, however, the design is a bl**dy good idea – very well thought out and innovative

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#6 posted 03-03-2009 03:15 PM

I don’t know if you are crazy or a genius.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#7 posted 03-03-2009 03:36 PM

And to think….......I threw my scraps of OSB away. Guess I need to re-vitalize my creative juices.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 03-03-2009 03:56 PM

Thinking outside the box resulted in one . . . and a nice one!

-- Bob Costello

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#9 posted 03-03-2009 03:58 PM

OSB is strong stuff but flakes at the edges, like you said. Maybe some simple corner molding would help. Also you could “mud” this stuff with drywall plaster and then paint it if ya want!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 03-03-2009 04:10 PM

I had a friend that paneled one room of his dinning room with OSB. He sanded it and stained it a muted orange. It had an interesting look.

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#11 posted 03-03-2009 04:16 PM

I think that’s just cool. I love it when you can take a need, some cheap materials, and creativity and turn it into a functional and stylish piece. Nice work.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#12 posted 03-03-2009 04:17 PM

I’ve used OSB for various projects including a couple of cabinet like items for the shop. give it a good sanding and the yellowing found on it is replaced with natural colors which will really show a lot of contrast. I found that using a lite frame like 2×2 or even just a lot of glue blocks can result in something just as sturdy as if it was made out of solid wood. I think that your design idea was successful and in the first photo I could not see the hinges.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 03-03-2009 04:54 PM

Pretty cool idea!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 03-03-2009 06:15 PM

Your coffee maker right next to your bed ,now why didn’t I think of that;) Now I’m waiting in anticipation for the matching OSB Armoire

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 03-03-2009 07:00 PM

Very nice, gives me some ideas for my left over OSB.

-- It is, what it is.

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