Pair of nightstands

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Project by Builder_Bob posted 02-02-2010 04:31 AM 2257 views 6 times favorited 16 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 02-02-2010 04:56 AM

looks good man

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 04:57 AM

Hey Bob those look super.

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 05:17 AM

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

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 06:00 AM

Beautiful tables Nice job.

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 06:55 AM

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 06:59 AM

Smart looking tables.

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 07:02 AM


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#9 posted 02-02-2010 01:16 PM

SOLD !!! Very nice tables : )

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#10 posted 02-02-2010 01:48 PM

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

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#11 posted 02-02-2010 06:15 PM

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

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 07:00 AM

Beautifully simple and elegant design.

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#13 posted 04-09-2010 01:25 AM

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 04-09-2010 11:00 PM

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 07-14-2010 06:38 AM

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

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