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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 03-10-2010 07:16 AM 2452 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I moved last September and spent the first two months building the shop. This included putting up drywall, installing a pellet stove for heat, and running electricity. Once the shop was in good enough shape I decided to build some nightstands for the bedroom. While I spend most of my time turning these days, I thought the overall design is fairly simple so a few weekends in the shop and I’d be good to go. That was four months ago! I started with a basic design in Sketchup with proportions that I thought would be good for my bedroom. In practice they a slightly larger than what the space demands and in doing it again I would have done a quick mockup or at least a life size drawing to make sure everything fit a bit better.

Last year I bought a Festool Domino and thought this would be a perfect job for this tool. After doing the joints for the first nightstand I instead switched to my Dowelmax jig. For me, the Dowelmax ended up being faster and more accurate. Clearly I need to work with the Domino a bit more.

The legs are made of Alder. The top is Western Maple. And the Drawer front is Lacewood. The insides are mostly poplar and scrap maple. While I used a custom tapering jig for the legs, I think the next time I might do the tapers on the bandsaw. I think this would give me a bit more control.

The dovetails are mixture of the Akeda jig and some hand tool work. This is not the fault of the jig but more around the angles I wanted to use as well as the thickness of the sides.

The stain is two coats of Minwax Ebony stain and Black India Ink (thanks Charles Neil for that one!). This is finished with two coats of poly.

Overall, I’m pretty happy.

The feel I was going for was the simplicity of Shaker design mixed with a bit of Asian flavor.

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 07:20 AM

a) I think they look phenomenal. I’m not sure how you looked at those square legs, and—as a turner—resisted the urge, but … ;-)

b) ”Overall, I’m pretty happy. I made a crap load of mistakes which bothers me on a somewhat simple project. On the other hand, I know I’ll do better the next time.

Boy. May I take that as my signature line???


Really great job!!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 08:30 AM

Soooo nice great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 10:20 AM

That style is nice those look so clean


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#4 posted 03-10-2010 01:27 PM

Impressive work….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 02:28 PM

looks good man

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 03:08 PM

Tim, you said you made some mistake. Well, if you aren’t making any mistakes you’re not doing any work. Besides, long as you learn from your mistakes you have succeeded! I for one love the design! The lace wood against the contrasting black really pops! Great Job!!

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

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 03:39 PM

Very nice. Love those lacewood drawer fronts!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 05:08 PM

Nice nightstands, Tim.

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 05:10 PM

Nice twins!! Beautiful!

Nice contrast with the drawer fronts and the black.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 05:37 PM

I too love the contrast of the black and then the pop of the lacewood.


-- 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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#11 posted 03-11-2010 03:45 AM

What kind of stain did you use to make the table dark? My next project is a hallway table and the owner wants it “very dark.”

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#12 posted 03-11-2010 03:54 AM


I used 2 coats of Minwax Ebony stain mixed with Black India Ink.

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#13 posted 03-11-2010 04:10 AM

Great pair. Nice work.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 03-11-2010 04:21 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 03-11-2010 05:17 AM

Very nice!! Looks very familiar to me!! Nice dovetails on the lacewood!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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