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Project by Dekker posted 2506 days ago 1618 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built 2002 – 2006

This pair of nightstands was taken from Woodsmith Magazine #76, however I modified it for hight since the original was only 22” tall! I started the project while living at a house that had a double-car garage for my workshop (ah, nice to be spread out), but then I moved mid-project, then got married, and never picked it up again at the new house that only had a single-car garage and hence no real workshop. The project gathered dust, and I was actually ashamed that I had started since it was always one of those projects that I considered a failure since it was never finished…

Of course, about 3 years later I decided enough was enough, and in a flurry of activity I finally finished the project!

And since finishing this project, I have bought a planer… I got tired of hand-planing the nightstand tops and I was dreading having to do the same to the dresser I wanted to make next (still haven’t started…)

Wood: Cherry
Finish: Tung oil, then shellac, then wax
Hardware: handles from Lee Valley Tools
Techniques: The only really interresting technique were the half-blind dovetails on the drawers… router cut

The first two photos show the finished nightstands from different angles, one showing off the dovetails. The last photo shows the drawers all aligned in a row, in-between coats of shellac. I had to dry these in my basement since it was too cold and humid (it was late fall).

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/





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mot

4911 posts in 2662 days


#1 posted 2506 days ago

Beautiful work, Dekker. I have a few projects that have spanned more than a calendar year. They came out nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dekker

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#2 posted 2506 days ago

Thanks. Now if only I could convince the Ms. that buying wood for the dresser is a good investment… ;)

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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WayneC

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#3 posted 2506 days ago

Very nice. You just have to keep after her and I’m sure the wood will come.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2506 days ago

well done! Congrats on completing the project

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Max

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#5 posted 2506 days ago

Wonderful looking, the finish really turned out nice as well as everything on them. Great project…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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sandhill

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#6 posted 2506 days ago

Nice job! I love the finish.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 2506 days ago

Beautiful! I agree with sandhill…the finish is exceptional.

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

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Dekker

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#8 posted 2506 days ago

Thanks for the praise, everyone.

Another reason for my having “shelved” the project for so long is because I was honestly scared of the finishing process… I did not want poly. I wanted something that still left the impression that I could touch the wood and I was afraid of screwing up… In the end, there are only minor problems, and only I would notice.

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#9 posted 2506 days ago

All I can say is that they are absolutely gorgeous!

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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oscorner

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#10 posted 2506 days ago

Excellent work. Beautiful dovetails.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 2506 days ago

Nice looking night stands.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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bryano

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#12 posted 2503 days ago

Beautiful work Dekker. Now if you can show the wife how cost effective the wood for the dresser will be you might get that extra tool youve always wanted to help finish the project. (hint, hint). Lol

-- bryano

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Karson

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#13 posted 2503 days ago

Great set of side cabinets

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dekker

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#14 posted 2502 days ago

Hey BryanO, unfortunately the cost of the wood is the same (or more) than the cost of a dresser from a retail store made of pressboard. The selling point for my wife is that she can actually stuff my drawers (excuse the pun) and they won’t break, while the retail drawers have always burst their bottoms from her packing ;P

There’s something to be said for solid bottoms, or even plywood bottoms. Hardboard (which they use alot in retail furniture) just won’t stand up to the abuse. Of course, since I know my wife’s habits, it’s easy to design extra strength from the beginning!

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. It’s always nice to hear someone else say something nice. Significant others are duty-bound to say they like it.

Actually, the next project is the bed frame. For my wife, it’s the daunting investment of $1000 or so in wood, with nothing to show for it until a month or more later… There’s that natural fear that I won’t finish the project at all, and all that $ will be wasted! Of course, that wouldn’t happen… ya gotta sleep somewhere!

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 2289 days ago

Thats a very nice night stand.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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