Hannah's Bedside Table

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Project by Napaman posted 1654 days ago 2135 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it is about time that I add a new project…I have actually spent more time in the shop this Jan/Feb then this time of year then usual but much of my time has been on shop organization and projects related to my shop that I hope to post soon as well…

But this little project turned out really nice…I struggled with the finishing a bit and have a long way to go with finishing…but I really enjoyed building this…once I had a plan it went together really fast. I made the top with a strip of birdseye maple in the middle and I love how it turned out. I cant remember the name of the wood on the outside—-dah….but I got it when I was in So-Cal at Armstrong Woods (great store) and I think the wood was from South America—-my father in law thought it looked like mahogany…

I constructed the table with dowels—-which I had never done—-a “more” advanced technique for me…(lol beyond glue and screws!!!). I was able to use the side boring feature on my SHOPSMITH…which worked out really well since i set up the placement and of the holes and repeated the process for perfect placement…

The legs are from 2×4 dough fir—-construction grade but I really love the grain on this wood…and think it compliments the other woods very well…the cross pieces are pine…

I struggled with the finish a bit…but it looks pretty good…after several coats…I had some Deft from another project and I think it sat too long…

As you can see this is for my daughter Hannah…and she is really happy with it…now she can set a bedtime snack/drink and book next to her bed…on the carpet its a little wobbly but I wanted it to fit in that spot without widening the leagues…

Thanks for looking…Tom’s Chair is next…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 1654 days ago

Nice to see you are attempting more advanced techniques..
I like the top very much.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1654 days ago

“But this little project turned out really nice…”


Really nicely done!

-- -- Neil

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RS Woodworks

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#3 posted 1654 days ago

Looks good to me!
The top does look like some type of mahogany, maybe honduras.
You don’t see people mixing hardwoods with softwoods like Fir too often, but I think for your project it turned out well!


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 1654 days ago

Nice bedside table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 1654 days ago

looks like a fun project … I like the fir legs …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 1654 days ago


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#7 posted 1654 days ago

Real good looking project Matt!

The finish looks great from here!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1654 days ago

Great looking table, Matt!

I really like the top.


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

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#9 posted 1654 days ago

Looks good from here!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 1654 days ago

Nice work Matt. There’s a lot that I like about this. I like doug fir also and I think the grain and the light rustic look with the knots complements the top very well. I’ve never thought of this combination. Great use of the birds eye maple too.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#11 posted 1654 days ago

Came out great Matt.
That contrasting stripe on top rocks!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#12 posted 1653 days ago

Nice job trying new things. That’s how we learn, right?

I like how the top turned out with the rift sawn mahogany and the birds eye maple, nice!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 1653 days ago

I really like the top, very simple but elegant.I’m sure your daughter will cherish it.

-- John

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#14 posted 1653 days ago

Nicely done there.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 1653 days ago

Nice table.

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

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