Bed Side table ~ first major project ever

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Project by EPJartisan posted 12-30-2010 05:19 PM 1743 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over a Decade ago right after college, from a tiny basement and only a few tools… I decided to make this as a Christmas gift for my partner. All I had to work with was a ruler, a cheap aluminum hand plane, a old skill saw, an electric drill, two Craftsmen chisels, a square, and a hole saw which I bought for the project. I made this without big power tools or jigs, only by hand and eye.

Took me 6 days and finished it Christmas morning @ 5am. Made from rough stock my father had on hand, and back when I was innocent of worrying about perfection. This was my first real piece of furniture. I saw a picture of a highboy in a magazine, my partner saw it as well, he loved it.. so I made it. When I was in Rhode Island I got to visit the show room of the original designer…. ends up all his work was in Cherry, I made this out of Oak and lots of other tiny detail differences. I tapered the legs, tongue and groove drawers with walnut dowels and pulls. I like my proportions and details better.

A recent visit to a sculpture museum of Henry Moore, seeing videos of Japanese woodworkers, and this project makes me remember a time when I was fearless.. that is the key… being fearless, loving the process and dedication to the goal.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 06:03 PM

You probably had to work by candle light too. :) Very nice for a first time major project. I like the pulls. Sure looks a lot nicer than my first real project.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 06:35 PM

Nice project and story to go with it.

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

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 12:11 AM

It looks like perfection to me! I love it!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 12:16 AM

The design is great.

Nice clean lines and it has the look of an older piece of furniture.

Also a treasured piece.

Thanks for sharing


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 02:05 AM

Its kind of refreshing to remember our first projects.We were bound and determined to make what ever
we wanted with what ever we had. great build EP!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 06:10 AM

Very nice.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 06:03 AM

Great project, love the pulls. woodworking from the heart usually produces pieces that last the tests of time, I’m sure he loved it!

-- "Waste not, for those whom waste will always be left wanting"

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 04:58 PM

Looking through your projects. Found this as it speaks to me personally. I like the function incorporated into the design of the build. Inside is outside. :)

Great color choice and character, balace, and creativity.



-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 11:26 PM

You have a great eye for design. This is really good design and workmanship.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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