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Project by PTIII posted 02-04-2008 01:24 AM 1756 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real project. It is an oak nightstand that I designed and built for my girlfriend for Christmas. It got too cold in the garage to complete the finish, so I had to move the kitchen furniture out of the way, and finish it in the kitchen. She loves it, but I find many areas for criticism. I would consider the style to be pretty close to Mission, but the hardware is probably a bit contemporary for it. Easy enough to change though. It was a learning experience, though, and I look forward to tackling my next project soon…an entertainment center.

-- Patrick, Jacksonville, IL

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Warren Rachele

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 01:32 AM

Good work. I can sympathize with the coldness of the garage shop. A sweatshirt, jacket, hat and it’s almost bearable! Keep it up.

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 01:35 AM

This is a nice nightstand. I tend to like mission and arts and craft style furniture. If your girlfriend loves what is there to question about it. Her opinion is really the only one that counts.

We tend to focus more on what we perceive as flaws in our work. In reality most people never even notice them. Very few of us have completed projects and felt they were flawless. But if its any consolation to you I don’t expect you to make many more mistakes I will continue to make them for your.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 02:59 AM

It looks good to me.

-- Andy Stark

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#4 posted 02-04-2008 03:41 AM

It looks really good. I’ve read some articles about some big names in woodworking, and the interesting thing is many of them talk about the flaws in their work. When I look at their work, I just see a beautiful piece of furniture. That just goes to show you most people won’t see the flaws you see. I know it’s hard, because I see all of my flaws. I now try to just show people my work and not point out what I think are flaws. It is what it is.

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 03:58 AM

Great job, and I really like the tone of the finish, it shows off the grain perfectly. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 08:04 AM

Very nice!

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

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#7 posted 02-04-2008 11:54 AM

Good job. If she’s happy, you are happy, right?

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#8 posted 02-04-2008 01:00 PM

Nice job PT. A bit different down under, wet but not too hot luckily. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-05-2008 05:30 AM

amazing…especially for first “real” project…welcome to lj’s!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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