OSB Bedside Tables

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Project by bobkberg posted 02-15-2010 04:38 AM 9218 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes! It’s ANOTHER OSB project! I’ve been working on these for almost a year – 10 months roughly.
The only thing missing from the final pictures is the drawer pulls – wife just found some she likes today, but no photos yet. I’ll probably add those photos when they’re all set up in the bedroom.

To see the process and step by step narration, go to the BlueMelon photo site:

Making round-front furniture turned out to be a bigger challenge than I expected – and many months of spare time were used experimenting to get the techniques right – along with all the other stuff on my honey-do list. As you’ll see, I do lamination glue-up, sectional glue-ups, soaking and bending. The BlueMelon site also has descriptions for most of the photos for step-by-step fans.

I’m happy to say that my wife is thrilled with the results. The only major change in design from the intial cardboard mockup is that the lazy susan was changed from a “star-like” design to a series of squared cubbies. The two tables differ only in the direction of the cubbies – so that the person on each side doesn’t have to lean back to the wall to get a book.

As you can see from the photo looking down, all of the drawer bottoms are glued up panels of various scraps of plywood. I like to re-use as much material as possible, especially when it doesn’t affect the appearance of the final project.


-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 05:15 AM

You make some amazing furniture with some interesting, and obviously, personal choice decisions about materials. I have heard of OSB, but I had to review what it was and how it was made. I kinda like limits in what I do, it makes it a lot more fun. I have limited to some extent my expenditures on tools especially, and haven’t bought any expensive wood in any case, since I am just getting into the hobby. But I have been making utility objects for nearly 40 years.

Thanks for the most educational post. I rummaged through your other novel projects as well. You opened up a new avenue of thought for me…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Murray

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 05:26 AM

they are certianly very interesting.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 05:42 AM

Those are pretty sweet

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 05:46 AM

You have an interesting choice in wood. I was just wondering, during the project how long did it take to bend those thick peices of wood, and in picture three, what was the point of hanging those peices?

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 05:47 AM

Bob, another really cool looking project. I really like the idea of the spinning bookcases on the night stand, the wife and I are constantly having to deal with stuff falling off the nightstand.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 05:48 AM

cool and very unique.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 06:00 AM

Thanks for your comments everyone.

To answer some questions;
Jim Bertelson – I like regular wood as well, but for ordinary everyday objects, I also like to experiment with materials – especially those which are easier on the environment. I’ve got some interesting plans for plywood as well.
Dean – The thicker pieces are not bent, they are mitered at 30 degrees and glued – look at the site for details.
Clieb91 – Thanks – I guess we’re not the only people who like to read in bed
Dean – The things hanging are the cross-pieces which form the core of the lazy susan book containers. They are there to show one of my favorite methods for finishing shelf-like pieces – I staple them to pieces of wire coat hanger on the invisible side, and hang them for varnish and drying. Thanks for reminding me to describe those.

Clieb91 and Rex – Nice to see your families too – I’ll just bet you’re at the “more help than you can use” stage

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 07:03 AM

SWEET! I have no problems whatsoever with the use of OSB…Imagine- in the middle ages, a wood panel assembled from thousands of little pieces of wood would have been worthy of royalty :)

-- Jon

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Charles Maxwell

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 03:26 PM

I would love to see you extend this idea. I love the OSB. I can also imagine this design would be ready made for veneers and some marquetry. What do think?

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 06:29 PM

Very nice design. I think I’ll build some. My first thought is what if instead of drawer, there were more compartments that spun open. Just a thought. Great idea though!!

-- Rogue

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 06:34 PM

Great use of economical wood! Great Job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 06:36 PM

I like this. At an art fair, I ran across a man who did a sculpture out of OSB. He glued up layers till he had a 5 foot tall piece, and then made a huge vase out of it. It was beautiful, shiny, and unusual. Great design.

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#13 posted 02-15-2010 10:16 PM

Thanks Charles – I agree, this would make some pretty inlay or marquetry. As for veneer, theres a limit to how thin you can get this stuff – below 1/8” it starts falling apart – although varnishing one side of it might allow it to hang together more – I’m intending to do some experiments.

I’ve already tested and verified that by baking it in the oven (275F for 2 hours) it becomes noticeably darker.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#14 posted 02-18-2010 07:01 PM

Exceptionally cool woodworking project. You pulled it off beautifully.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#15 posted 02-18-2010 07:52 PM


OSB. Who’da’ thunk it.

The end result is awesome.

I’ve always thought of OSB as I think of Denny’s Restaurants—rarely my first choice—but … you’ve just made the Grand Slam Breakfast look mighty tasty!!

-- -- Neil

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