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Radiata Pine Bedside Tables

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Project by DoctorDan posted 02-23-2010 07:15 AM 3964 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Timber: Radiata Pine
Finish: Feast Watson – Baltic Pine Stain + Satinproof + Find Buffing Oil
Glue: Aquahere PVA
Design: Original

These bedside tables were my first attempt at hand cut dovetails (which may explain why they’re a little rough.) Over 100 pins/tails in total – cut with a cheap tenon saw, coping saw and chisel.

These tables were my third or fourth build. This was so early in my wood working that I had no workbench, but held the wood by clamping it to a tool box. (I never got a photo of the process) They are still solid and are currently next to my bed.

Two problems with the design. 1. That top was design before I knew about ‘wood movement’ (though it has suffered very little). 2. A cardboard is useless in a bedside, drawer(s) are the way to go.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/





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Bradford

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 01:33 PM

Very cool design. Hand cut dovetails are impressive.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 02:44 PM

I like the way you have the contrasting grain directions on the top. How did you deal with the issue of wood movement where you have cross grain butt jointed to end grain on the flat top piece?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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DoctorDan

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 09:34 PM

Several people have commented to me in the past that they like the design of the time. However, you’ve identified a key issue – wood movement. Essentially, I built the table before I was aware I needed to think about such things.

The wood was very well seasoned, kiln dried and sitting in the storehouse for a long time. The pieces are joined with a series of dowels (every 1 1/2 – 2”) to prevent shear forces. The wood is well sealed with varnish inside and out. If you look at them today, there is no noticeable separation of the pieces.

I agree, a weakness in the design, but in this case, I got aware with it.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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anson

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 10:55 PM

good work!

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GCM

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 10:57 AM

Sorry this is a late post, this looks great, but I can’t quite make any sense of your second problem:

> 2. A cardboard is useless in a bedside, drawer(s) are the way to go.

erm, can you elaborate?

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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GCM

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#6 posted 02-06-2012 10:59 AM

Sorry this is just so I receive a notification (watchlist)

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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