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Project by CB_Cohick posted 01-06-2017 08:36 PM 1030 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been some time since I uploaded a project. Last year saw me move to a new house, with a shop! I have been trying to keep up with the outstanding work you all do, but always found some other things to do than post my own projects. This nightstand was a project I finished just before we moved. It is from plans from American Furniture Design (now available from Lee Valley). This particular nightstand was made for my niece. As I fully expect her to paint it pink at some point, I made it from poplar with birch plywood for the panels. It is all mortise and tenon joinery for the frame and dovetails for the drawer boxes. The finish was a good learning experience. First everything got a coat of dewaxed shellac, followed by some General Finishes ebony dye. That was followed by another coat of shellac then about three coats of water based polyurethane. I think it turned out ok. I used full extension slides to mount the drawers, and used some pull hardware I found at ReStore. I started out handcutting my dovetails for the drawer boxes, and gave in and got a Porter-Cable jig. Much easier, quicker, and cleaner than my handcut joints.

Since this piece was finished, I have built two more for my wife and I from cherry and walnut. But that is another post yet to be.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 08:59 PM

Here is one of the cherry and walnut drawer front nightstands of the same design I have finished since.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 10:53 PM

Very cool CB. I am not well versed into most finishing methods so I have a question. I assume the shellac was to even out the uneven staining characteristics of the poplar. How far did you sand it back prior to applying the ebony stain? The color looks very even.

Don’t give up on hand cut dovetails, they will get better (although I ain’t there yet). I like the cherry one.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#3 posted 01-07-2017 03:01 AM

Very classy looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 06:52 PM

Duck, I used the same sanding on both the shellac and poly. VERY lightly with 220, just enough to knock off the pokey little nibs left when it dries. I like the cherry one too, lol. The finish on those is some natural Watco with a couple coats of Minwax wipe-on poly.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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