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Project by jmartel posted 05-29-2016 03:28 AM 1304 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

In place

Giant cat approved.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.





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#1 posted 05-29-2016 03:37 AM

My hat’s off to you. Not only are those some fine looking tables, your joinery is superb! May I commend you for the lack of pocket holes!

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#2 posted 05-29-2016 03:52 AM

They look great. The joinery looks awesome. Good job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 03:56 AM

Fine craftsmanship jmartel thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 05-29-2016 11:51 AM

Solid work as always. And I must congratulate you on winning the battle over throw pillows, the most nonsensical thing in the world.

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#5 posted 05-29-2016 11:54 AM

Very nice work jmart. They fit the space great. Top notch joinery as well.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 05-29-2016 12:04 PM

i really like these – great work

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 05-29-2016 01:39 PM

Jmart,i t’s been fun watching them come together. They look good and the joinery looks scary precise. Nice job.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 05-29-2016 01:54 PM

Looks great. Love the case construction.

-- -Dan

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#9 posted 05-29-2016 02:29 PM

Wow, what great craftsmanship!

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#10 posted 05-29-2016 02:42 PM

very nice

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#11 posted 05-29-2016 03:39 PM

hallo am new here. If i may ask, how do i get the plans and measurement of the various project so that i can also make such beautiful stuff.

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#12 posted 05-29-2016 04:03 PM



Solid work as always. And I must congratulate you on winning the battle over throw pillows, the most nonsensical thing in the world.

- Tim

There’s a pile of like 6 pillows on the floor out of the photo. The battle isn’t over yet.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 05-29-2016 04:05 PM



Jmart,i t s been fun watching them come together. They look good and the joinery looks scary precise. Nice job.

- theoldfart

The joinery only looks super precise because I didn’t take photos of the not so good joints hah. Most of them filled in just fine with sawdust and glue. There’s one or two that stick out a bit. But I’m getting better.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#14 posted 05-29-2016 04:07 PM



hallo am new here. If i may ask, how do i get the plans and measurement of the various project so that i can also make such beautiful stuff.

- akalkevin

I don’t really have plans for these. I pretty much made it up as I went along.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#15 posted 05-29-2016 04:09 PM

Thanks all. It’s taken a long time to finish these as other projects came up that needed to be finished first and I got in a motorcycle accident a few months ago as well. I have a bad habit of not finishing things, but I’m working on it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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