Walnut Night Stand

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Project by bandit571 posted 09-15-2016 11:05 PM 356 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A yard sale find, a slab of 2-1/4” thick Walnut, for a $1 bill. Cut, resawn, turned, and shaped. Dovetails to hold three of the four legs to the post. Post needed to be a bit thicker when I was turning it on the lathe, so I added a couple slices of Cherry.
Top is 18” in diameter, table is 21” tall. A steel keeper plate, from an old saw blade, is on the bottom of the post. Keeps the legs from sliding out, if the glue should ever fail.

Top still has a lot of hand plane marks. Debating on whether to go back and smooth the top to a glass smooth surface, or just leave the marks alone.
Finish was : 1st coat 70/30 BLO, Varnish…..2nd and 3rd coats were just plain, clear, semi-gloss Varnish

Brass screws to join the top to a batten underneath the top. Slots in the screws are “clocked” so they all face the same direction.

Not too bad a little Night Stand. Originals were meant to hold a candle at the bedside, now it might hold the phone and a small light. Not too bad for a $1 slab of wood..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 09-16-2016 12:43 AM

Very nice piece. Your skills are awesome.

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

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#2 posted 09-16-2016 01:32 AM

Way over the top cost wise!...
An extreme example of opulence in my mind.
Missing picture No 6…

Well done all the way.

P.S. If you want to finish the top you may want to consider a product that produces glass like finish rather than re work it.

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 09-16-2016 02:02 AM

Nice table, Bandit! Sapwood and cherry accents for the bling! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 09-16-2016 02:54 AM

Table looks great Bandit. Good job! I like the way it is. Maybe makes it a bit rustic. My favorite style.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#5 posted 09-16-2016 01:37 PM

very nice bandit!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#6 posted 09-16-2016 04:23 PM

Very stylish piece. Has a great look about it.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#7 posted 09-16-2016 04:43 PM

Great looking table! Looks very similar to one that I just completed and am in the process of rubbing out the finish. I’ll post pics of mine soon. Nice work!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#8 posted 09-16-2016 04:58 PM

Yeah, ya ain’t gonna find a table that nice….
at The Dollar Store!!!
Well done….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 09-16-2016 08:04 PM

That is a nice looking table and you did a fine job on it.

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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#10 posted 09-16-2016 10:32 PM

Great looking walnut nightstand! The walnut looks great, and I like the Shaker look of it.

Definitely keep the plane marks—that’s what distinguishes this from a mass-produced piece. If you want it glass smooth, just put a couple more coats of polyurethane on the top, sanding between coats to get it smooth. Give it a final polishing with a brown paper bag a week later and you’re all set!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 09-17-2016 10:21 PM

Shades of Martha Washington! Beautiful table, Steve!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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