Pair of nightstands

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Project by Builder_Bob posted 1641 days ago 1708 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hmm.. my projects are beginning to all look the same. Anyway, here we have a pair of nightstands, African Mahogany and (painted) poplar.

I’m so paranoid about the finishing job that I built up and finished the tops first! Water based dye and water based polyurethane with shellac buffer coats in between. I might be getting the hang of this!

You can see the “kit” for the table frames and two assembled frames. I don’t know what is more shameful, the use of pocket screws or the fact that no glue was used in building up the frames.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#1 posted 1641 days ago

looks good man

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#2 posted 1641 days ago

Hey Bob those look super.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1641 days ago

Those turned out nice. Definitely nothing to be ashamed of.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 1641 days ago

Beautiful tables Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 1641 days ago

those are nice end tables poplar takes to paint very well the contrast with the mahogany works nicely

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#6 posted 1641 days ago

Smart looking tables.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 1641 days ago


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#9 posted 1641 days ago

SOLD !!! Very nice tables : )

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#10 posted 1641 days ago

Tables look great and the use of pocket screws for the project is an interesting idea. Thanks

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#11 posted 1640 days ago

Nice Tables Good Combination of Stain/Paint, No Shame in good work

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 1639 days ago

Beautifully simple and elegant design.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#13 posted 1575 days ago

The tables look great. Did you pocket screw the top to the frames as well? I’ve never tried that and was wondering if you could say if that provides sufficient room for seasonal wood movement in the solid panel top with normal pockets or if you had to make a special adjustment.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#14 posted 1574 days ago

Regarding the pocket screws and the top, yes I attached the top with pockets screws. The frame is so strong that the piece is not dependant on the top for structural integrity.

I try to attach the top in a manner that doesn’t restrict width changes. So in this case I attach the top at the front and back of the piece.

I hope that pocket screws are less restrictive than tight joinery and glue. I depend on them for most of my projects. I don’t find much info on the internet regarding pocket screws and wood movement. If there is a problem with that, I’m in big trouble!

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#15 posted 1479 days ago

I love pocket screws too but I always use glue with them. Great project, I love the color combination.

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