|Project by jmartel||posted 05-29-2016 03:28 AM||1389 views||3 times favorited||31 comments|
Finally finished these up. Only about a month late for my 5th anniversary (traditional gift is wood). These are mission style nightstands made out of Beech with poplar as a secondary wood. Original design, based off of a lot of pieces that I liked and tried to get some of the look from. My wife wanted them to look more rustic, so I used dye to make them more of a weathered brown.
I found the widest piece of Beech that I’d ever seen at 17” wide, and since it was the same price as the normal widths, I bought it and used it for the top and the bottom. Worked out to where I only needed to trim off about 1/4” from the width after squaring everything up.
I used these as practice for handcut joinery, hide glue in furniture instead of just on marquetry, and dovetails. The drawer joinery is all hand cut. Half blinds on the front, and through cut on the rear. The drawer bottoms are solid as well, which is another first for me. Drawers are traditional fitted to the openings, with no slides. The drawer dividers and lower shelf are dovetailed into the case, also by hand. The frame is made with double mortise & tenons.
Finish is matte water based poly, then rubbed out with steel wool to knock off as much shine as possible. Drawer bottoms and sides are waxed as well to assist in operation.
Next up is to make my bed since my wife is getting tired of having the mattress and box spring just on the floor.
Here’s a few more photos from construction:
How the main frame is joined together
Flattening the side panels with my No. 8. Note the dovetailed dividers. Original plan was for 2 drawers in the lower part of the case and then an open area on the upper third.
Bottom installed (single board) in a dado and dovetailed at the front.
Everything ready to go before finishing
Giant cat approved.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.