Fish-Scale Corner Nightstand

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Project by carolyn89 posted 08-20-2011 06:25 PM 2445 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first woodworking project ever! Not sure yet if I want to paint it or stain it.
Alas, I am an illustrator, and not a woodworker, and have no clue about structure. Does anyone know how I can make this not be so wobbly?

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 06:45 PM

What a cool looking project.

How have you affixed the horizontals to your verticals? Some discrete blocks on the underside may significantly increase the rigidity. Stopped dadoes where the horizintals fit into the verticals also would have lent rigidity. I guess there are a number of ways to make a structure more rigid, I think we’d need more info to determine how best to stiffen it up; some lower angle shots of the bottom of the horizontal pieces would help.

I don’t care how rigid it is I really like the fish scale effect! The leading edge of the shelves is pretty cool also, thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 03:55 AM

Which way is it wobbly? I suspect if you make a fancy bottom rail for the hypotenuse on all three shelves, you will find that it will become less wobbly.
Beautiful first project. I love the detail on the shelves as well. Good job.
Stain it to compliment the floors.
Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 12:33 PM

what an amazing first project. Well done! Can you attach to the wall? (assuming it will go against a wall) Are the joints screwed together?? Or just glued? many things can affect “woobliness”, so it’s hard to tell from a picture, what the cure would be…

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