Nighstands - maple & walnut

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Project by leec posted 08-22-2016 08:07 PM 2397 views 37 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the start of a bedroom set I’m working on. I got the inspiration and basic design from Lumberjock member Steve C. I changed the dimensions some to suite my needs. Whereas Steve used cherry, I opted for maple (that’s what the wife wanted). And, unlike Steve’s use of pocket screws, I opted for traditional mortise & tenon joinery throughout. The side panels, drawer panels, top insert and drawer boxes are 1/2” maple plywood, the rest is solid wood. Although I didn’t specifically shop for curly maple, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of figure I got.

I’m still not sure about the handles – I tried for something that compliments the curves of the legs and rails – not sure if I hit or missed the mark.

I finished everything with 5 coats of MinWax WipeOn Poly, followed by some paste wax.

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 09:02 PM

Really nice looking nightstands! I like the curves and the top is beautifully done. I love walnut inlayed into maple.

Just looking I might think a simple small round pull would fit these drawers well. The panels are small so a smaller pull wouldn’t take away from the piece too much. Just a thought. Keep up the great work!

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#2 posted 08-22-2016 09:10 PM

Very nice work

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 09:52 PM

Again … great work! Keep it up.

... you appear to have a lovely home as well!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 10:19 PM

Very nice work. The curves give that piece sort of an Asian feel. That top with the walnut and splines really are attractive.

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 11:17 PM

wow – i say you nailed it
the handles do tie in the bow of the legs and since the drawer frame, top and legs are have bulk I don’t believe the handles compete so it works for me though I can see BEWoodworks point
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#6 posted 08-22-2016 11:37 PM

Those look great.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 11:54 PM

Great looking nightstands—I really like the look of the walnut/maple combo!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 08-23-2016 01:20 AM

Very nice. Like everything…the contrasting wood, the curved drawer, the overall design. Look just great!

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#9 posted 08-23-2016 11:07 AM

Looks great, I like the way you did the top.

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 08-23-2016 12:00 PM

Very nice work Lee attention to detail really shows. Are there any plans available for this project? Thanks

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#11 posted 08-23-2016 12:43 PM

Sawdustaflyin – yes, I have full SketchUp plans available if you’re interested. Send me a message with a private email account, and I can send them to you.

(BTW – I probably spent more time agonizing over the design and creating the SketchUp plans than I did on the actual build!)

-- Lee, Framingham, MA

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#12 posted 08-23-2016 12:43 PM

This is a beautiful night stand and a wonderful design. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 08-23-2016 12:50 PM

Very fine craftsmanship. Looks like you started out with a bang, 3 top 3 for your first project posting, can’t get much better than that. Good work. Now we can learn from you. Hope to see more of your work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 08-23-2016 01:45 PM

Awesome! The contrast is striking of the two woods! I love contrast. Great build. It all looks very well done and tight joints.

-- Pete

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#15 posted 08-23-2016 02:28 PM

Brilliant work Leec. Most impressive. It even matches your cat in the background. :0)

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