|Project by HappyHowie||posted 04-23-2015 02:13 PM||1117 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
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