Craftsman Nightstand

  • Advertise with us
Project by JLYoung posted 01-18-2008 10:20 PM 4717 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m working on a craftsman style nightstand out of plainsawn red oak. So far I’ve got the side and back frames made, the front stretcher installed using wedged mortise and tenons and the drawer supports in. I’ve milled up the drawer fronts and I’ve begun cutting the dovetails for the drawers.

Here’s a link to my skecthup file for those who are interested:

15 comments so far

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 3985 days

#1 posted 01-18-2008 11:01 PM

Good looking job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View schroeder's profile


702 posts in 4122 days

#2 posted 01-18-2008 11:46 PM

Outstanding! – Thanks for the plans as well! – Looking forward to seeing the finished work.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

View Alphie's profile


39 posts in 3782 days

#3 posted 01-18-2008 11:57 PM

Looks like it’s coming along nicely. Very impressive! I’ll check out the plans. Thanks!

-- Tom, Michigan ~ Working with a renewable resource called wood

View John's profile


341 posts in 3794 days

#4 posted 01-19-2008 12:34 AM

Very nice! Great Sketchup work too! Thanks for the link

-- John - Central PA -

View mrtrim's profile


1696 posts in 3877 days

#5 posted 01-19-2008 01:31 AM

great looking stand

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3818 days

#6 posted 01-19-2008 02:32 AM

This is really a nice looking piece of furniture. Thanks for the plans as well. Something like this has been mentioned on my “why can’t you build that” list.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Karson's profile


35120 posts in 4397 days

#7 posted 01-19-2008 02:37 AM

Nice design great progress pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View SPalm's profile


5320 posts in 3878 days

#8 posted 01-19-2008 02:53 AM

Looking nice. Good job with SU too.
And welcome to LJs.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Dano's profile


222 posts in 4028 days

#9 posted 01-19-2008 02:58 AM

I am currently building a mission style ottoman and I am going to attempt my first through mortise and tenons, have any words of wisdom JL? BTW, looks great and thanks for the sketch up drawing!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

View jeffthewoodwacker's profile


603 posts in 3800 days

#10 posted 01-19-2008 03:54 AM

I like the details and the design.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

View rikkor's profile


11295 posts in 3871 days

#11 posted 01-19-2008 12:07 PM

Nice progress so far. Keep it going.

View JasonH's profile


136 posts in 3824 days

#12 posted 01-19-2008 09:44 PM

I love the lines on this nightstand! Beautiful!

-- Living on the square...

View shaun's profile


360 posts in 3902 days

#13 posted 01-20-2008 02:58 PM

Looking good JL, great job with Sketch Up too.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

View JLYoung's profile


32 posts in 3778 days

#14 posted 01-24-2008 03:51 PM

Hi guys, thanks for all of the positive comments. I want to reply to Dano’s question:

I used a wedged mortise and tenon for the front stretcher on this piece. I’m still not 100% sure I like the way I put a bevel around the edge of it. I may still just cut it flush. Anyway, here’s how I made it:

Mortise: I used my drill press to drill from the show side to the back (using a sacrificial backer to protect from blowout) I then cleaned the hole with my firmer chisels. I drew a line 1/2” in from the outside face of my 3/4” side frame and drew the outside face of my tennon on the frame as well. At the intersection of these two lines I drew a 7 degree angle using my bevel gauge going out to the face of the frame. So the outside height of my mortise is about 1/4” wider than the inside. I then chiselled a slope from the outside face to the line 1/2” in. I used a small triangluar file to round over the transition a bit too.

Tenon. I made the tenon on the table saw with a dado blade and allowed and extra 3/8” projection. I drew a line on the tenon 1/4” from the shouler to show where the transition was. I also drew lines 1/8” in from the sides of the tenon to represent the “bendy” parts of the tenon. This 1/8” width should be adjusted depending on the stiffness of the wood. Too thin and they just snap off, too thick and they don’t bend. The right way to do it would be to make some and get the right dim by trial and error but frankly I just eyeballed it. I cut these this strips on the bandsaw and made sure to pass my 1/4” line to make sure that the wedges don’t bttom out.

Wedges: I made my wedges out of jatoba. the pointy part of the wedge should match the width of the kerf in the tenon and should splay out at the same angle as the inside of the mortise.

Assembly: I put the tenon about 1/2’ way through the side and then applied some glue to the tenon faces for reinforcement. Then I push the tenon through fully and tap the wedges in. Put them both in and take turns tapping them in a bit at a time so that one wedge dowsn’t take up all the movement.

I used a sharp low angle block plane to chamfer the edges of the through tenon. Do the short ends first and back up your cut with some scrap so you don’t break off the tips.

Hope this helps.

View Roz's profile


1699 posts in 3783 days

#15 posted 02-01-2008 06:27 PM

Great and thanks for the plans/

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics