|Project by Duplenty||posted 03-03-2009 10:16 AM||20773 views||7 times favorited||26 comments|
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.
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....