Night stand for Wife

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Project by woodsoldier posted 05-25-2009 08:49 PM 1980 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out being plywood, but I converted to Oak when I got a good deal on some boards. This is the first time I built something without a plan from somewhere else. My wife could not decide on a night stand she liked, so I opened my mouth and built one….LOL

First picture is the drawers, fronts, and support frames. Second is the sides after glue up and sanding, and a light stain.

Still learning, but as a friend pointed out, no mistakes, design modifications…..LOL

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 08:57 PM

Thats a winner great job, good joinery and design. Thanks for your service to our country.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 09:19 PM

Very nice! The style is useful and beautiful. The oak shows nice grain patterns.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 09:26 PM

You may have a major issue with that lower panel. It’s grain running front to back is likely to conflict with top and burst your sides apart. This is why panels normally (unless accounted for or made from ply) run a continuous grain direction around the case, so that the expansion is uniform and in the same direction.

I suppose if you reattach the top panel in the same direction, it may survive, but I’d be surprised if this same time next year there isn’t a crack or split in one or both of those panels.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news….On a positive note however, the color is very nice…..


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 09:36 PM

JC, as a new woodworker, I thank you for your comment. However, that bottom panel is not attached to the sides, its sitting on a frame, the top is also attached with elongated holes in blocks hidden by the false front on the top drawer. If something does crack, I will post here, and do thank you for the input.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 01:16 AM

Nice project… I’ve sure the wife loves it… Great job… I’ll double the thanks for serving this fine country…....


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 02:58 AM

Nice design and the joinery is neat. Is there any racking or are the upper and lower cases solid enough to withstand that? Also add my thanks for your service. Be safe.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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