Shaker-esque Nightstand

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Project by Operaman posted 08-10-2010 11:34 PM 3348 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This simple little night stand has more complexity than one might imagine…dovetailed top rail, tusk tenon bottom front rail, underbevel with handplanes, handcut dovetails, and an incised drawer bead on top and bottom of drawer face using homemade scratch stock holder and cutter. All parts smoothed with handplanes only, finished with turp/polymerised linseed oil. Well put togeher and hope it should stand up to many good years of use.

-- Cheers!

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 12:22 AM

Nice work Scott, Shaker furniture has been one of my favorite furniture styles. It wonderful to see someone enjoy using hand tools, thanks for sharing your timeless table ….BC

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 12:38 AM

Very pretty. Heirloom quality stuff.

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 01:10 AM


I used air dried cherry for the case and drawer bottom and poplar for the sides, drawer runners, and drawer stops. Cherry is such a wonderful wood to work…handplanes and cuts beautifully. Normally the drawer bottom would have been made out of poplar too, but I had some cherry with sapwood and decided they might make a nice drawer bottom.

Thanks to everyone else for your kind comments. Its an honor to be among such craftsmen.

-- Cheers!

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 02:03 AM

Beautiful nightstand Scott, just beautiful.
You have a mighty talent…I look forward to seeing more of your projects.
Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 04:44 AM

Very nice!! I built a pair of these myself!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 05:21 PM

Greetings Scott,

Stellar job on the Shaker table…. It’s one of my favorite styles of furniture to build, and I’ve built a few…
I like the Shaker-style because it has such smooth, flowing lines, simple design, and a beauty to admire…
Keep up the good work, and let’s see some more of that furniture…..

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 07:44 PM

Very nice tables good build…....................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 11:18 AM

Very nice work again in the shaker tradition.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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