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Black Walnut Nightstand w/ copper legs

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Project by Jeremy posted 01-11-2018 06:29 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m on a roll, got to post 2 project in 1 day…

So we recently decided to but my in-law home, it provide significant drive time saving for “Decider of All Things” aka “wife”. So I have completed her renovation plans on the Guest Room, Guest Bathroom, and Laundry room. So this has afforded me the opportunity to work on some projects. So for your viewing pleasure, I present our nightstands.

The top is Black Walnut, Curly White Maple, and Blood Wood all 2 1/4” think. I’m going to be honest here…. I’m SUPER proud and stoked about how the tops finished. The base and light fixture is simple and all 3/4” copper Type L “thick wall” tubing and fittings and attached with Iron Pipe Floor Flange.

Assembly is simple glue up with biscuits. The finish is 4 coats of Howard’s Mineral Oil to quench the wood, then 5 coats of Howard’s Mineral with Bee’s Wax. The transformation when the mineral oil was applied made me smile. I cringed a little bit inside when I attached the light fixture base to the tops. But the finished product is well worth it.

I have lower shelves currently in glue up, but they will be set aside as the Lord and Master has bellowed to carry on with the house renovations. From my eye though, the night stands will look significantly better once the bottom shelf adds much needed visual weight.

As always I was protected by my destroyers of scrap wood, chasers of all cats, and doers of Dog things Bella and Kimber. Without them, I would surely be lost to the occasional wild squirrel in the distant tree that plots my doom.

As always I appreciate the time to look at my projects and welcome comments, feedback, recommendations, and/or questions.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.





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Tennessee

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 06:39 PM

This new wave of metal and wood furniture – I have always liked the idea of copper better than black pipe or angle iron or steel tube construction.
Something warm about that copper, and it goes very well with your wood choices.
The other neat thing is your lampshade. Works at the night stand if you ever put a little chair there, and also works as a reading lamp in the bed.
Only thing I would have done different would have been to paint the duplex cover with copper spray paint. Steel looks a bit out of place. Actually, I would have never even thought to put in a plug, so kudos to you for that!

Very nice!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Jeremy

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 06:51 PM


Only thing I would have done different would have been to paint the duplex cover with copper spray paint. Steel looks a bit out of place. Actually, I would have never even thought to put in a plug, so kudos to you for that!

Very nice!

- Tennessee

Thank you, it means a great deal to get compliments from fellow enthusiasts.

I also thought about the Steel vs Copper contrast, and had intentions to paint it. But the I was quite subtly pleased with the contrast and attention it brought to the outlet. Additionally (unseen in the pictures) I have the Light Switch mounted to the back of the Steel outlet, which provided a very solid mount and convenient hid in plain sight location. And the Black Iron Pipe Floor Flange give just enough commonality to tire them together. (IMO).

Now if you ask my grandfather, who is a prudently traditional man, he thought I was crazy for using copper in this manner.

PS, I completely agree with your thoughts on Cooper’s warmth vs Iron Pipe.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 10:52 PM

This is a very creative nightstand. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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pmayer

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 11:26 PM

Beautiful work. I love the color combinations with the different woods and copper.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#5 posted 01-12-2018 12:28 AM

Nice work

-- Vince

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Jeremy

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#6 posted 01-12-2018 12:38 AM

Thank you!

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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swirt

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#7 posted 01-12-2018 02:53 AM

Wood combinations on the top are absolutely spot on. They look great. I like the lamp… but I think my heart stopped for a full minute when I noticed you screwed it to the top…. what did you do to the beautiful wood??? ;)

Seriously though, nice work and a good writeup.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 04:56 AM

A interesting and creative piece. Very unique.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Jeremy

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#9 posted 01-12-2018 06:13 PM



Wood combinations on the top are absolutely spot on. They look great. I like the lamp… but I think my heart stopped for a full minute when I noticed you screwed it to the top…. what did you do to the beautiful wood??? ;)

Seriously though, nice work and a good writeup.

- swirt

You and me both …. i had serious apprehension about doing that.

Thank you all for the compliments.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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