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Cherry Shaker Nightstand with Handtools

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Project by Bertha posted 08-29-2011 04:56 PM 3553 views 1 time favorited 87 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Handtool heavy Cherry Shaker Nightstand

I made this nightstand for my fiance’ of local WV lumber gifted to me by my friend Dale.
I wanted it to be very special so I relied mostly upon antique rehabbed hand tools
For the matching nightstand (my side), I bought a tenon jig, benchtop mortiser, new planer, and power jointer
(I love the old tools but I’m no dummy, after all)

The process run-down:

Lumber raw West Virginia Cherry handplaned from rough (Stanley #40, #5, #7, #4, #81, card)
Handcut mortise and tenon joinery (Dozuki pullsaw, T.H. Witherby, and Butcher)
Handcut 1/2-blind dovetails (Dozuki pullsaw and Ohio tools paring chisel)
Hand-cut dovetailed top rail
Handcut dados and rebates (Stanley #45, #50, #78, #71 1/2)
Full French Bottom of hickory
Lathe-turned rosewood knob
Handcut top-stay buttons (Stanley Bitbrace, #78, and Clifton shoulder)
Five screws (lid buttons and rear drawer stay)
Few air pins (drawer supports)
Titebond III for edge joints
Finish: 1lb. Bullyseye amber shellac, Watco wipe-on poly satin x 4, Renaissance wax

Thanks for looking and I have a blog detailing the process for those interested

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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steviep

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 04:58 PM

Nice Work

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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superstretch

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 04:59 PM

Nice.. what mortiser/tenon jig did you get? I’m in the market

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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nadabula

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 05:02 PM

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Bertha

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 05:04 PM

A few more pictures, just for fun

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Roger

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 05:09 PM

super handwork with everything. very nice night stand

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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bigkev

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#6 posted 08-29-2011 05:10 PM

Judging from that last pic, I think we know who did most of the work!

Very nice Al. You have a great collection of hand tools and you know how to use them.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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Bertha

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#7 posted 08-29-2011 05:11 PM

Thanks, guys! Stretch, I went with the blue Rockler Tenon jig and the JET benchtop mortiser with ShopFox chisels. I haven’t started on my side yet but I’m thinking about hickory instead of cherry. Mine will have a few non-shaker bastardizations like a breadboard top. I’ll also taper the legs (my fiance’ doesn’t like tapered legs). I’ll skip the true French bottom b/c that took almost as long as the rest of the table. I left this one pretty rough with visible strike lines and overcuts (we both like this look), however on “mine”, I’ll go even further with scrub marks, deep scribe lines, and intentional oversaws. I’ll also pick wormy pieces. Some worm was incorporated into this piece but I left it on the rear apron and drawer insides only.


-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#8 posted 08-29-2011 05:12 PM

Thanks Big Kev, I appreciate that! Yeah Roger, this was my appretice’s contribution to the process;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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steviep

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#9 posted 08-29-2011 05:20 PM

Just noticed the bull-nose rabbet plane. That takes my admiration up about 6 notches!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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Eric_S

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#10 posted 08-29-2011 05:20 PM

Beautiful job and stands. I really hope your dog (assuming he is male?) isn’t debating “marking” those stands as his own in that first pic with him lol.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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SSMDad

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#11 posted 08-29-2011 05:24 PM

Very nice one Al. Love seeing these.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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Bertha

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#12 posted 08-29-2011 05:24 PM

Thanks fellas! Yeah StevieP, the little bullnose doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He might not be some fancy shoulder plane but he can get the job done;) Eric, me and Steak (the male dog) have an agreement; he marks my stuff and I mark him (just kidding, PETA, he gets a “time out”). :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Don W

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#13 posted 08-29-2011 05:26 PM

nice table Al. I like natural cherry. So did you make 2, or is the second yet to come?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bertha

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#14 posted 08-29-2011 05:33 PM

More random pics for guys who like hand tools:

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#15 posted 08-29-2011 05:34 PM

DW, the second (mine) is yet to come. It’ll be power tool heavy, for that group of LJs.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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