|Project by Eric_S||posted 06-26-2011 02:02 AM||1749 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
Finally….after working on these on and off for about 18 months the nightstands are finally finished. This was my first fine woodworking furniture piece ever. These stands were blogged here http://lumberjocks.com/Eric_S/blog/14703
Through this project, I have learned many firsts for me. These techniques were learned…pinned M&T joinery, edge joining wood, flattening wood with hand planes, framing, drawer construction, hand cutting dovetails (although not perfect), half blind dovetails, template pattern cutting & routing, veneering, four corner bookmatch veneering, and some very helpful finishing techniques from Charles Neil directly.
I am so happy this piece is finally finished. Besides learning the techniques required to build these, I also had to build a few jigs to help. A crosscut sled, miter sled, mortising jig, patterns templates for the legs, and a cheap veneer press.
The drawer dovetails aren’t the best by any means but I’m happy with them for my first sets. I’ll have to be more careful with finishing next time I do them though when finishing the pins. In the dovetail pic you’ll see the amber color from the oil on the poplar drawer sides. Woops. Also the drawer bottom insert routing groove shouldn’t be visible from the sides…another woops. Actually there are lots of woops moments but I was able to hide most or redo a few pieces completely….like the top, but I’m happier with the grain in this purchased veneer than the original veneer I resawed.
Woods used: cherry, hard maple, poplar for drawers, 1/4” plywood for drawer bottoms, curly cherry veneers for the top and cherry dowels for the pinned tenons.
The finishing for these was technical for me but thanks to the guidance from Charles Neil, it went very smoothly. I used the Charles Neil Pre color Conditioner on everything just to be safe I didn’t have blotching. It was really easy to apply as well.
Then 3 coats on the carcass of satin Arm R Seal Top Coat. The top has 4 thick wet coats done with a foam brush of Semi-gloss Arm R Seal Top Coat. The body and drawers, drawer runners were then waxed with Paste wax and the top was waxed
with Renaissance wax.
Thanks for looking….Now onto the matching bed. I really hope it goes much faster since I now have the tools and jigs required.
-- - Eric Noblesville, IN