|Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop||posted 10-04-2011 08:12 PM||3696 views||9 times favorited||19 comments|
Timeframe: Jul 2010 – Feb 2011 (Idea through Final Finish)
Wood Used: Reclaimed Oak
Galoot Index: 5 on a 10 point scale. Thickness planer to remove finish on stock, stationary mortiser also used.
Hand planed leg laminations and all final surfaces. Bandsaw for arcs. Hand-cut dovetails in the drawer, #28 radial cutter on edges. RAS for cross cuts and rips, Langdon Mitre used for tenon cuts.
Cost: $7 for hardware (Van Dykes)
Common ground between LJs is an appetite for woodworking books of all kinds. My collection includes a bandsaw book, three books about workbenches, several magazines, a handplanes book and even a signed copy of Bob Vila’s Workshop. These materials are what I page through at night, before turning off the light, and sat for many months in a neat little pile (is there really such a thing?) on the floor. Drove me nuts, needed a solution. Enter The Nightstand Project.
I like the mission style and knew it to be something I could build so the search started and ended there. Three different on-line pics looked good, but weren’t exactly what I wanted. So with a bit of mod to them I had the plan.
Materials would come from a chifferobe that came from an auction a couple / three years before. If you’re curious, a chifferobe is one of those pieces of furniture that really pre-date built in closets, typically including a row of drawers down one half of the front and a shallow, hinged closet along the other half. Mine was $5 and was machine made. No veneer, though, so I bought it for material. And since Mission is typically oak, this was a Match.
The legs are each glued up from three individual pieces that I planed to eliminate (as much as possible) glue lines / seams. Making the legs was slow, because at that early stage I wasn’t sure of many details of the build. Once they were done, sorted through stock that would become the aprons of the nightstand and cut those. The curved pieces were a key to the look, and it was fun doing those. Would have been more fun (maybe?) with a #113 compass plane, but alas. By the time the project had gotten this far, the drawer slide “mechanism” was a total unknown to me and the project sat. It was September.
By this time I had a copy of Robert Wearing’s The Essential Woodworker and with it came the solution for the drawer. The nightstand reappeared on the workbench
and a support structure for the drawer was built and put in place.
One big dovetail key joined the front to the mortised-and-tenoned sides and back.
The top is attached to the aprons via buttons screwed to the top that in turn ride in small channels cut to the inside of each apron piece, ala Wearing. The bottom shelf consists of a single board with each end set into dadoed stretchers that are mortised into the legs. This shelf floats, and this part of the assembly works primarily because the dovetail key shown above really locks everything together.
Nothing fancy re: glueup, but I did spent a good amount of time going over the piece removing all traces of glue out. Didn’t use sandpaper but for the arcs, so all was cleaned up by converting my #93 shoulder to a chisel plane that removed residue real well. Also touched up the radii on each leg with a #100 squirrel tail.
January of 2011 is when I brought the stand inside the house and applied a coat of Minwax Stain, Early American #230. Also dovetailed an oak drawer front to oak drawer sides (no fun), but it went well. Final fitting of the drawer was also a challenge, in that smoothing old oak, no matter the sharpness of the plane iron, places a lot of stress on the joints as well as the method of holding the drawer. But ultimately is came together.
Finish is five + coats of wipe-on poly.
The nightstand has been in place since Feb this year and has been a wonderful addition. Building this gave me confidence to tackle other projects, too, like the Roubo Cabinet. Just took me awhile to get it posted to Lumberjocks. Thanks for reading!
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