night stand - first piece of (real) furniture

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Project by yooper posted 03-13-2011 05:33 AM 1304 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first piece of furniture – oak night stand with poplar case painted with GF cypress green milk paint and GF arm-r-seal finish. We have a green bedroom and oak bed frame, so I thought I would combine the two into a nightstand of my own design. I am thinking next time, I’ll just stick to oak now that I have some idea of what I am doing. I used two different boards of oak for the top and drawer front, and they didn’t match very well. Lesson learned there. Overall, it was a good project, and I definitely have some ideas on what I would do differently next time, and I am gearing up for the next time. Thanks for looking and any comments – good or bad.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 05:37 AM

So … while there’s no downside TO the two surfaces being cut from matching pieces … I don’t think it’s a negative.

I think you did a bang-up job ! Congrats on your first furniture piece. Good build, and … you didn’t short-change yourself on the details.

Very cool !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 05:49 AM

very nice looking night stand, I like 2 tone furniture, well done sir

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 02:55 PM

Great job, looks good!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 03:58 PM

Nice looking project, Jeff. I usually don’t care much for the paint and wood combination, but it works great for this night stand. Very clean lines. Thanks for sharing.
- JJ

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#5 posted 03-13-2011 04:00 PM

Congrats on your successful first venture into furniture building. Looks to me you will do just fine. Keep up the great work….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 03-13-2011 04:34 PM

It turned out good.Infact it’s great for the first time project.

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 07:30 PM

I really like it. Nice design. Like the contrast between painted wood and natural and usually I’m not a fan of painted wood, but it works real well for this project. As for the grain on the top? By the time you put your things on top, no one will notice.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 03-13-2011 10:37 PM

Thanks everyone. It’s not the grain of two oak boards that make the difference to me, it’s the color of them. The drawer is much lighter than the top. I used a 1/2 inch instead of a 3/4 inch piece of oak b/c I didn’t want a bulky looking drawer.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 04:10 PM

Nice looking nightstand.

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 04:12 PM

It’s nice, bro! I like the green. It plays well with the door front.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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