LumberJocks

Pair of mahogany nightstands

  • Advertise with us
Project by PeteMoss posted 1045 days ago 1652 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two nightstands that I just finished. I started these back in February 2010, so I have been at it for nearly two years now. I guess you could say that I don’t dedicate a whole lot of time to the shop.

These are made from 3 boards of ribbon striped African Mahogany (no idea what the actual species is) and poplar for the secondary drawer parts. I learned a lot doing this project, mostly from mistakes.

I actually did pretty well on laying out the parts and milling them. I spent a lot of time trying to make sure that the grain looked good and wrapped around the aprons and legs and making sure that the panels didn’t show glue lines. I was pretty happy with how that turned out.

The joinery turned out pretty good. I had the same issues with mortises that I had in some of my previous projects (my router stinks and cannot cut a straight mortise). The tops turned out pretty good, except that I totally destroyed one and had to make a new one.

I also learned not to leave a table standing on the side of your tablesaw while you are using it. The one table vibrated off the tablesaw and fell to the floor hitting every other item in the shop on the way down. This gave me lots of practice in steaming out dents.

I made a scratchstock and made the beads on the edges of the aprons. This didn’t turn out too great, but it definitely looks handmade I guess. I had planned to put cock-beading around the drawers, but I chickened out and just used the scratchstock on the top and bottom edges.

This gave me my first chance to try hand cutting dovetails (first dovetails of any kind actually). I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I also made solid drawer bottoms with handcut bevels around the edge of the panel. That was pretty cool. I am probably more proud of the drawers than anything.

I had my first experience with water based dyes. I used General Finishes dyestains. It was done with 3 parts medium brown to 1 part merlot. Then it was topped with three coats of Arm’r’seal semi-gloss. The drawer pulls are from Lee Valley made by Horton Brasses I believe. I really wasn’t happy about dying the wood but it turned out pretty well in the end.

Man am I glad these things are done.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss





12 comments so far

View Dusty56's profile

Dusty56

11644 posts in 2314 days


#1 posted 1045 days ago

Very attractive tables : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13337 posts in 2298 days


#2 posted 1045 days ago

Beautiful nightstands.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View JBWoodWorks's profile

JBWoodWorks

54 posts in 1783 days


#3 posted 1045 days ago

BEAUTIFUL.

View Popsnsons's profile

Popsnsons

327 posts in 1607 days


#4 posted 1045 days ago

Awesome job…well worth the wait.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

14878 posts in 1814 days


#5 posted 1045 days ago

Great job and always fun to learn from our mistakes. I’m learning all the time! LOL

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

View jeepturner's profile

jeepturner

920 posts in 1418 days


#6 posted 1045 days ago

Nice work. They turner out great.

-- Mel,

View McLeanVA's profile

McLeanVA

465 posts in 2060 days


#7 posted 1045 days ago

Beautiful tables. Really nice simple lines and great looking dovetails. Great proportions on all the parts and pieces. I’m inspired for sure.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

View Kipster's profile

Kipster

1076 posts in 2379 days


#8 posted 1044 days ago

I like the wood selection Good Job

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

View JohnnyDust's profile

JohnnyDust

73 posts in 1112 days


#9 posted 1044 days ago

Don’t try to match bungle for bungle with me! There isn’t enough beer or wood!....

Those are lovely!

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

View Lostalos21's profile

Lostalos21

34 posts in 1072 days


#10 posted 1031 days ago

That table is absolutely perfect! Someday I will be as good….I hope!

-- A Family That Prays Together...Is A Family That Stays Together

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

15582 posts in 1492 days


#11 posted 1031 days ago

These are really nice. Good job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Hallmark's profile

Hallmark

432 posts in 1732 days


#12 posted 1018 days ago

Great work on a pair of eloquent nightstands. Very nice!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase