Allyson's Nightstand

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Project by Thomas Keefe posted 10-21-2009 08:48 PM 2023 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a nightstand I made for my 5 year old daughter. It is based on the bedside table design by Joseph P. Zeh ( I added a lower shelf and put in two drawers rather than one (client’s requirement). The wood is white oak. The drawers and top are quarter sawn and the rest is plain sawn. The drawers feature hand cut through dovetails. The finish is stain (General Finishes – Candlelight) followed by Waterlox. More details about the design and construction are in my blog ( Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 10-21-2009 09:08 PM

I missed your blog but like the nightstand, guess I go look at the blog now. Good job!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 10-21-2009 10:32 PM

Wow, Thomas. Just beautiful.

On my short list includes a pair of 3-drawer, shaker/mission-style nightstands. My dream would be that the come out as well as yours did.

Very nice!

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 10-21-2009 11:10 PM

Very nice blend of mission and Shaker style. I like the box joints on the drawers.

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#4 posted 10-21-2009 11:51 PM

Nice work!

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 11:57 PM

This came out super great job

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 01:11 AM

Your client has a good eye for design detail—a very functional table.

Excellent build and finish.

I need to make shaker style table that will have two drawers… thanks for your blog and showing the inside of the drawer separator.

again… well done!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 01:26 AM

Very cool drawers indeed. Nice work.

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 01:50 AM

Very nice table. Well done.

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 03:27 PM

Great table. I really like to look of the 2 drawers. His and Hers. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 10-22-2009 05:09 PM

Great looking nightstand…

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#11 posted 10-22-2009 08:47 PM

Thanks for all of your kind comments.


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#12 posted 10-23-2009 05:06 AM

Very nice project. I just wonder why you chose the (nickel-plated?) knobs, any particular reason?

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#13 posted 10-23-2009 05:15 AM

i really like this…so clean and nice…

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#14 posted 10-23-2009 08:48 PM

Hi DrTebi. I thought of perhaps turning nobs or make them myself in some other way. The truth is I wanted to finish the project and didn’t want to spend more time trying to come up with something. I opted for the easier way out.


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#15 posted 10-24-2009 07:50 AM

Thanks for the reply, Tom. I was wondering about it, because I like mission and arts & crafts furniture a lot, but these usually come with either wooden knobs or dark brass hardware. Today they call these hardware finishes “oil-rubbed brass” or “antique brass,” however these did not exist back in those days—the dark patina simple developed over time. What I am trying to say is that the knobs you used will eventually do the same, and you will have the same look… just don’t polish them :)
Sorry for going off about this… I have been looking at too much hardware parts during my house remodel in the last few month!

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