Hannah's Bedside Table

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Project by Napaman posted 02-18-2010 03:43 AM 2698 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 02-18-2010 03:49 AM

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

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 03:51 AM

“But this little project turned out really niceā€¦”


Really nicely done!

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 03:53 AM

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!


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#4 posted 02-18-2010 03:59 AM

Nice bedside table.

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 04:05 AM

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 02-18-2010 04:48 AM


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#7 posted 02-18-2010 04:55 AM

Real good looking project Matt!

The finish looks great from here!


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#8 posted 02-18-2010 05:05 AM

Great looking table, Matt!

I really like the top.


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#9 posted 02-18-2010 05:11 AM

Looks good from here!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 02-18-2010 05:26 AM

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 02-18-2010 05:54 AM

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

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#12 posted 02-18-2010 07:39 AM

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 02-18-2010 09:24 AM

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

-- John

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#14 posted 02-18-2010 03:12 PM

Nicely done there.

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#15 posted 02-18-2010 05:46 PM

Nice table.

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

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