Floating Night Stand

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Project by RJones posted 04-12-2011 03:44 AM 4940 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been awhile since I actually had a client that was willing to pay for something custom but… Here’s a one of four floating night stands I built from 1/4 sawn white oak. The design was pretty much all my clients with the exception of a couple arch and side piece additions but other than that… This piece was made to be attached to the wall rather than have legs and sit on the floor. It’s dimensions are about 16”W X 16”H X 15”D at the widest point. I didn’t have money in the budget for fuming so it received a little stain and a satin lacquer top coat.


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#1 posted 04-12-2011 04:08 AM

Nice looking night stand.

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 05:25 AM

Unique and special, well done

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 06:32 AM

Very cool, now I want one

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 11:18 AM

Rather than fuming, a much easier and safer method to “age” oak is to use lye. Mix a teaspoon full in a pint of distilled water and paint it on with a sponge. (use rubber gloves) It will darken up within a few minutes to look like it is a century old. It looks totally natural because it is totally natural. It oxidizes the tannin in the wood the same as aging does. As with any caustic chemical, read and follow all safety measures.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 02:55 PM

Like Jordan, I want one and I am sure if I show SWMBO, we will need two of them. Nicely done.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 03:38 PM

this is real nice

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 03:57 PM

@ RJones
I’ve heard of floating shelves, but never a floating nightstand, this is definitely going on my to-do list!

@ BigTiny
Thanks for that tip about aging, I’ve been looking for something to give would an aged look and will have to try that out.

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 03:57 PM

Thank you all for the kind words:) Newer, it’s on the heavy side for sure. I may be able to provide some generic plans if anyone is interested. If needed I could probably provide some templates for the side pieces as well for a small fee?


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#9 posted 04-12-2011 04:03 PM

Nice design. I would like to see a small drawer on the bottom just to hold the clutter that ends up on night stands sometimes.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 04-12-2011 04:14 PM

Big Tiny, great tip I will try that next time!!!


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#11 posted 04-13-2011 10:15 AM

I like it ! Nice design.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#12 posted 04-14-2011 01:05 AM

I really like it, its a bit off the cuff being floating. The curves are nice n soft and the joints look really good. Well done for sure!

Here’s a link to another project where LJ Glen mimicked the effects of fuming ….

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 05-03-2011 12:21 PM

Unique project….Well done : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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