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Cherry / Walnut nightstands

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Project by DiakosUCF posted 985 days ago 1807 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first post and entry into the world of LumberJocks. I’ve been reading through everyone’s posts for quite some time and am amazed at some of the things you people can do!! I have spent the last 4 years remodeling my house and now that it’s all finished it’s time to work on some new furniture and really have some fun.

I have made a few other simple things in the past, DVD rack, mirror frame, obligatory cutting board, all of which I will put up later, but this is my first real furniture type project. There are many firsts with this project actually…first time working with veneer, cutting dovetails, and building drawers are just a few.

As you can see….two nightstands made of cherry and walnut with a camphor burl veneer top. A simple design…two drawers, 5.25” and 6.75” in height with a 4” in shelf / gap on top. I figured why cover that crazy veneer top with a book or magazine when you can easily slide them in to that nook. I dovetailed the cherry rails between each drawer into the walnut sides, I figured why make life easy when I can try something a little more difficult on my first time out. I think the wood contrasts make the dovetails pop a little more. Took some trail and error to get a nice tight fit but no gaps in sight. The rest, as you can see, is the dovetails on the drawers, I used the Porter Cable jig for those, and the veneered top with a walnut surround. I finished it all with two coats of clear shellac and then two coats of tung oil. Wet sanded to 600 grit between coats and then everything got waxed and buffed.

Sorry about the flash in all the pictures…like I said, it’s my first time and I did want it to shine after all.

Picture 1 – Finished night stands
Picture 2 – Side view showing dovetails on drawers
Picture 3 – Veneered top…a few ripples along the edges but I can live with that
Picture 4 – Carcass in clamps…definitely need to buy more!
Picture 5 – Drawer parts after cutting dovetails
Picture 6 – Most of the carcass parts after all the tenons and what not were cut

I hope you guys enjoy and look forward to the comments and criticisms.

Thanks





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 985 days ago

A lot of nice details in your work : )
Regarding contrasting woods , the problem with Cherry and Walnut together is that the Cherry darkens and the Walnut will lighten over time and with exposure to UV , they kind of “blend” together.
Keep up the good work and welcome to LJs . Looking forward to more of your projects : )

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 985 days ago

Welcome. Those are some first rate tables. The woods are great, beautifully done.

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 985 days ago

First off welcome and congrats on your first post! Some great looking tables you have made and some real quality to boot. Look fwd to seeing more!

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

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ed220

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#4 posted 985 days ago

Welcome to LJ..Very nice nightstands.Awesome veneer burl. Great job !! Lets see more !

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 985 days ago

Welcome to Ljs
Nice night stand with some far out figure.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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shopmania

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#6 posted 985 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful! I love those3 veneers! They are really stunning, as is the rest of the project. Great job on the dovetails. Welcome to LJ’s

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 984 days ago

Welcome and looking forward to your future posts. This was a good way to start. I like the slots. I have a few end tables with beautiful tops. At least I think they still are. A flat surface attracts a lot of stuff in our house. Yours stand a chance of being seen.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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doncutlip

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#8 posted 984 days ago

Very impressive, love the overall look but particularly the top. Nice job.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Roger

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#9 posted 983 days ago

very nicely done. lotsa dovetails. very gr8 projects

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

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tallinstaller

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#10 posted 949 days ago

Very nice tables sir. I’m planning on doing something similar for my wife. I have a question for you that has nothing to do with the tables. Are the Jorgensen bar clamps worth twice to four times as the Harbor Freight ones?

-- Jason

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mmh

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#11 posted 949 days ago

Beautiful set! Now, when can you deliver these to MY house?

-- "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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