Cherry Nightstand

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Project by pistolero posted 08-13-2017 09:29 PM 856 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built these cherry nightstand for our master bedroom. Wanted a “farmhouse” look but with my own details (breadboard ends). The drawers were particularly difficult but work. Planned on installing functioning locks but as I was fitting the drawers to the openings that idea was out. Escutcheons are only for show.
The entire base is mortise and tenon. The bottom shelf is mortised into the legs and for added support a pocket screw was used.
The finish on the base is two coats tung oil and several coats of de-waxed shellac. The top needed to have a real tough surface due to the abuse nightstands tend to take. I started with a sealing coat of de-waxed shellac, followed by two coats of tung oil, then two more coats of de-waxed shellac, and finally 8 to 10 coats of gloss spray lacquer. Finally I rubbed it out with paste wax and #0000 steel wool. This was the first time I used lacquer and this method but am very pleased with the result.

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 08-13-2017 09:40 PM

Good job! Can’t go wrong with cherry … these night stands look great!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 12:52 AM

Beautiful cherry you used. The tops are wonderful. Love the design and execution!

-- Gary in OP

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 12:30 PM

This is a beautiful pair of nightstands and you have really done a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 12:36 PM

I wouldn’t have thought to use oil after using any sort of sealer. Doesn’t that prevent the oil from penetrating into the grain?

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 12:40 AM

Really nice design and workmanship.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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