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Project by johnzo posted 07-25-2011 11:09 PM 1280 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a nightstand for a spare bedroom and I thought I’d take a crack at designing and building one. Unfortunately, my wife urged me to paint the side panels black. She usually has a better sense of style than I have, but this time I don’t think it worked. Otherwise, functionally – I think it will work out for the bedroom. Now she says the top needs to be black to compliment the sides. I don’t know. Is she right or wrong?
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 11:20 PM

I like it!

She messed up with the black sides. Tell her not to make it worse by messing up the top as well.

Of course, it’s easy to say this, because she is not my wife. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Tim Kindrick

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 11:36 PM

I like the design but not a fan of the black side. Please don’t paint the top! What type of finish did you apply? Maybe a darker stain will make your wife happy?

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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zindel

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 11:37 PM

I agree don’t paint the top…in fact…try to strip the black lol

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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Blakep

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#4 posted 07-25-2011 11:40 PM

That sounds like something my wife would suggest. I don’t care for the black and do your best to talk her out of the top. It’s a nice design and build though so good job.

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johnzo

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 01:44 AM

Sounds like my original feeling about the black painted side panels were right! The panels are only 1/4” oak veneer plywood and I’m thinking maybe I can glue some oak veneer over the black paint – although I should probably sand it down first and get it down to bare wood. Thanks guys, and if anybody knows a better way to save this project – I’d appreciate any good ideas.
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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WilsonCreations

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 05:10 AM

Could you disassemble the sides and install new panels?

-- Wilson

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johnzo

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 04:06 PM

Wilson, Good idea, but I checked and found I had made some structural joints through the panels. Guess I’ll have to glue a couple of new thin panels or veneer strips over the black ones.
Thanks for your interest.
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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Tim Kindrick

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 12:31 AM

You could put some 1/4” Oak ply over the black panel and then trim it in with some very small quarter round or cove trim to hide the edges.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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johnzo

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 01:37 AM

Tim,
I found a 1/4 sheet of 1/8” oak plywood at my local lumber store. I cut 2 panels to fit the areas exactly and if I’m lucky the edges won’t even show. If I’m sloppy, I’ll use your 1/4 round molding idea.
Thanks Tim!
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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Tim Kindrick

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 07:30 PM

Hey John,
I saw this project the other day. Maybe this is what your wife was wanting your night stand to look like?
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49867

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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johnzo

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 01:35 AM

Tim,
That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking too! All kidding aside though, just finished gluing in those 1/8” red oak panels (stained the same color as the carcase) and you can’t even tell they are inserts. The fit was so perfect due to the thin 1/8” material that I didn’t even need to use the thin molding idea. Alls well that ends well and thanks for the black drawer idea too. Can’t believe all the trouble he went thru to get the black color. Didn’t he ever hear of black paint!
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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RobJD

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#12 posted 07-29-2011 07:49 AM

Johnzo, if I may, I am currently building a coffee table for my wife fashioned after the one I made for my Mother-in-law. My wife had mentioned that she wanted some color added to the piece. After offering up various paint colors (aaaaarrrrgggg) I opted to route-out a design in the top for an inlay piece.
I have learned (with my wife anyway) offering an alternative to paint will sooth the situation. I love your design choice by the way. Very traditional, can work in almost any room.

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