Walnut Nightstand

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Project by HappyHowie posted 04-23-2015 02:13 PM 1530 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been on a mission to design and build several wood projects for family members. One of these projects was this walnut nightstand. It does reflect my daughter’s style, very modern.

It was a challenge design and build for me. Right away I knew its rotated legs would be a real task for me. I thought I could find examples on the net that would give me clues on how to join it to its aprons or skirts. I still do not know what their official name should be. What is it?

I also knew I needed to angle its legs outwards. Maintaining that angle became very challenging.

I learned a lot. Examples are: cutting lock miter joints and having to build a tall router fence to ride on top of my shop-made router fence. I even asked some of the very skilled wood workers that are salesmen at my local Woodcraft store for design help. From that advice I bought a pocket hole jig so I can fasten the aprons to the nightstand’s case. In the end I could not trust a pocket screw method to fasten the legs to the aprons. Instead I made corner brackets and the use of hanger bolts to hold the legs to the base of this nightstand. Still the legs moved on me. A fellow Lumberjock, Mean Dean, made a great suggestion that worked to correct the set angle on these legs: a wedge between the leg and corner bracket. Thank you, Dean.

I hope my Jenny will enjoy this gift from her daddy. Love her so much.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 02:17 PM

This is really nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-23-2015 04:23 PM

Looks like a Hedge House Furniture design. My friend is the designer/owner, although I’m not sure if he borrowed the design himself. Eitherway, He’d be proud and it’s a beautiful look. Sell like hot cakes!

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 11:42 PM

Turned out great, Howie! Jenny will get lots of enjoyment from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 04-24-2015 04:30 AM

Really enjoy this, it’s a great take on a classic mid-century design.

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 07:42 PM

I find myself more drawn towards these Danish modern pieces. This is very nicely done!

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 04:40 AM

My daughter Jenny likes this one so much that she has asked for a second. I the lumber ready to start gluing panels for the top and bottom. I believe I have enough boards wide enough for the sides and back. I have picked a nicely figured board for the the drawer front. I will start gluing panels in the next day or so.

I have so many things in the fire, right now. I won’t be bored…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#7 posted 02-11-2016 02:44 PM

Modern mid-century is my Jenny’s favorite style. She will be implementing that throughout her new home as time passes. This summer I will help her Adam in replacing their tri-level front entry, porch. They found a weak spot in this wooden structure. I guess it had some wood rot.

-- --- Happy Howie

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