Night Stand

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Project by Capn posted 11-03-2015 05:38 AM 1185 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second project was a Christmas surprise for my wife, but it started as a birthday surprise. Our house had one nightstand, which was on my side of the bed because I used the alarm clock. But she definitely wanted one for her side of the bed, so I bought some lumber and took it to my dad’s house to build it in secret for her Februrary birthday. A week later my parent’s house burned down with the hardwood (and some of my tools) inside, taking the project back to square one and way down on the priorities list. We helped rebuild the house through much of the summer and fall, and by then I was ready to try again, for Christmas.

As you all know, hardwood lumber (this is maple and walnut) is obscenely expensive, but oh how I LOVED working with that quality wood. It was my first time using my dad’s Kreg Jig, and it helped immensely. I was extremely pleased with how it turned out, and watching her unwrap it on Christmas morning was very satisfying. Can’t wait for my next hardwood project.

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#1 posted 11-03-2015 06:11 AM

Sweet!!! Love it!! Beautiful design and contrast.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 06:18 AM

Thanks Chris! I kept the design simple because of my limited tooling (that bevel in the table-top and drawer front was McGuyvered by running the board through the table saw vertically…), but the end result was a very traditional, simple look that fits our “design,” if we have one. The walnut was particularly interesting; you can’t really see it from the pictures but some of the legs had very light streaks running through them; almost the same shade as the maple. They looked kind of cool but to avoid them being distracting I rotated them to the inside corners. You can see a little on the two front legs.

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#3 posted 11-03-2015 12:17 PM

Nice = Very nice. A clean design with beautiful choice of woods.

-- The greatest compliment you can give a person is to copy and hopefully improve upon their work.

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#4 posted 11-03-2015 01:54 PM

Very nice night stand very solid looking and nice design. I really like the beveled top and drawer front. Great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 11-03-2015 03:34 PM

This table turned out very nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 11-03-2015 08:48 PM

Looks great. Simple and clean.

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#7 posted 11-03-2015 09:02 PM

very nice

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#8 posted 11-04-2015 04:41 AM

Great job. I really like the contrasting of the woods Welcome to LJs

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#9 posted 11-04-2015 09:54 AM

Nice work, sorry to hear about the fire. One thing to help would be inserting the plugs the make for pocket holes and sand them flush hiding the holes on the side of the drawer. Just positive help as others on here have done for me. Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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