First post, first project - Nightstand

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Project by Howard13 posted 09-24-2011 02:58 PM 1557 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a pair of these several years ago for my boys. It was my first attempt at making something useful from wood, and not only did I learn a lot from the project, but I became hooked on woodworking. The nightstands are from knotty pine, with some shop-made distress added (my wife really likes that look).

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 03:02 PM

I like the arch at the bottom, it dresses the project up nicely. Well done!

-- "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 09-24-2011 03:25 PM

Nice. Simple and functional. This project display them both very well.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 09-24-2011 03:46 PM

Looks good, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 09-24-2011 04:58 PM


Isn’t it funny how easy it is to get hooked on this stuff, and how useful even the simplest things can be? Instead of buying Chinese cockroach barf at Furniture World, you made two genuine heirloom pieces that will bring pride and pleasure to your family for years and years. I like the design and execution, and I ESPECIALLY like the choice of wood and finish. Pine is beautiful, grows more beautiful with time, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Very nicely done.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 09-24-2011 05:09 PM

Nice work Howard,

It never ceases to amaze me how simple is often beautiful as well as functional. You have made a good looking stand there. And yes…. this stuff is very adictive, and useful.

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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#6 posted 09-24-2011 05:11 PM

Nice joband congratson your first project post! Look fwd to many more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 09-24-2011 05:14 PM

Looking good Howard.
I use to have a real old timey log cabin, built in the late 1870’s with log walls exposed rafters and wood shutters/doors.
Windows were added sometime in the 1910’s or 1920’s.
All that to say, the furniture in that cabin was built just about like you did and looked great 120 years later.

Keep practicing and don’t lose sight of your dream!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 09-24-2011 07:29 PM

looks really good; I love the finish you used on the pine, it really adds a richness to the wood. Welcome to the addictive world of LJ’s!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 09-25-2011 02:31 AM

Nicely done project! These pieces will last many lifetimes longer than anything you could have bought at the store for the same price.

I would think that with two boys you wouldn’t have to “shop distress” furniture!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 09-25-2011 03:10 AM

welcome to LJ i also like it. will be looking for more things to come

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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