Walnut Nightstand

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Project by DonnBialik posted 03-15-2011 03:52 AM 3915 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this nightstand for my wife out of air dried walnut from Michigan. The drawer and the rails and stiles of the door are made from quartersawn lumber and I went to great effort to harvest the parts so they are very straight to give the nightstand a more modern aesthetic. The panels in the door are bookmatched and I made two doors before making this door. The first with leopardwood panels which might be nice in another context but just wasn’t doing it for me and then the second one I screwed up the haunch on the tenon of the top rail (why couldn’t it have been the bottom rail??) so I made this last one and I used a scrap piece of wood that I was going to throw out but it caught my eye. I’m glad it did. The panel has a a lovely sadness to it that I immediately fell in love with when I put the panels in the door frame. I turned the ebony knobs. The one on the drawer turned out better than the one on the door I think. I did pinned rabbets on the drawer box. And through tenons on the stretchers on the bottom.

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 04:04 AM

I like it, looks to be well built.I couldnt help but notice you pointed out the faults,I do the same thing.But most people wont see a lil flaw-especially in a picture.

Keep up the good work.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 04:27 AM

another excellent piece. I like your style a lot :-)

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 05:48 AM

Beautiful! I love the doors!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 06:04 AM

I really like the piece
Just simply gorgeous in every respect

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 07:26 AM

Stunning! It’s so beautifully balanced, the attention to detail is wonderful. Focusing the straight grain to accent the lines and modern look, and balancing that with the organic wavy lines of the panels – gorgeous! The arch on the bottom and the through tenons really make it for me…

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 09:41 AM

love it, really do. i love quarter sawn almost anything, just looks awesome
ya bhog and donn, you know more about the the piece you made then anyone else will ever.

-- Ben L

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 02:17 PM

Eye catching is a great way to describe this, great job!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 02:35 PM

Love walnut and I love this nightstand! The grain orientation is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 04:23 PM

Excellent results and wonderful craftsmanship. I love Walnut and you have made that tree proud.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 06:30 PM

Great job, The center rails shape is a great detail. I like the drawer pins as well. The thru rails in the bottom are a great accent! Would have like to see pic of the top!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 01:10 AM

Lovely use of material, BRAVO!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 04:16 AM


Your attention to detail is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 04:28 AM

Very well done. The choice of grain is very masterful.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 04:59 AM

I think all of the above favorable comments are totally justified. I’d just add that the subtle display of your very unique touches give it a very special feeling. Wanna reach out and touch it!
PS Hey, thanks for the in-progress photos…I can just smell the walnut!

-- Stephen Mines (

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#15 posted 03-16-2011 06:38 AM

That is a wonderful looking piece. I also really like how your finish deepened the contrast of the grain. How did you finish it?

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