Beech and Maple Nightstands

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Project by Damien posted 11-12-2011 08:24 AM 1623 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another go at posting something I finished recently. Something maybe a little more traditional.

This pair of nightstands is made from some brilliant Maple I bought locally, and some Beech that had been reclaimed from a feed mill that was just torn down after 100 years. As a side note we got some AMAZING Oak that is very clearly old-growth material. Worth it’s weight in gold, straight, tight grain… oh my. I have a ton of this beech, and I am learning the beauty and unpredictability of working with it. It’s gorgeous in a similar way to Cherry, but will cup if you even look at it without glue and nails in your hands.

Anyway. This was without plans, just my mind working the whole time. My first set of finished dovetails. The fronts were fun learning the half blind. When I went to do the full dovetails (not pictured) in the back after having dealt with the front, were a breeze. I felt stupid for having ever struggled to get them right. My advice is definitely learn how to do the half blind first, and then you will see how easy dovetails really are. Another side note, I bought an array of affordable dovetail saws and they were all crap. I ended up using a backsaw for it and it was wonderful.

As you can see, when I ran the groove to set the bottom in, I was stupid and ran it out the side of the dovetail. Doh! Noob mistake… but I’ll get it next time!

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 04:16 PM

Immaculate….and I’ve been saving that word for the right project!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 09:42 PM

Proof that simple, traditional, functional are often the chief components of beauty in furniture.

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

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 02:25 AM

nice work! Like to se what you would do with a wooden drawer pull?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-13-2011 03:19 AM

Nice! Simple! Lines! Great job on these tables. I have to add them to my favorites!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#5 posted 11-13-2011 04:51 AM

Very nice tables. I like the complimentary wood colors!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-13-2011 04:21 PM

Excellent work! Those are some of the nicest nightstands I’ve seen. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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