Completed Craftsman Nightstand

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Project by JLYoung posted 03-28-2008 05:40 PM 4046 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a follow-up to a project-in-progress I posted before. I finally completed my Craftsman nightstand or should I say my wife’s craftsman nightstand since she promptly claimed it as her own. That’s alright though since I’ll make mine just that little bit better!

Specs: Primary wood: plainsawn red oak Secondary woods: ash for the drawer supports, sides an backs, yellow birch for the drawer botoms and jatoba wedges for the wedged through tenons

Finish: 2 coats of wiped-on Varathane mission oak stain. The dovetail pins on the drawer fronts were stained with an artist’s brush. 1 coat of dewaxed shellac for the drawers 2 coats of gloss minwax wipe-on polyurthane 1 coat of satin minwax wipe-on polyurethane

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 05:45 PM

Beautiful piece!

-- Bill, Florida

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 05:51 PM

Great looking nightstand. Those are some nice dovetails.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Tim Pursell

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 05:54 PM

Looks great, especially next to the bed!!

Don’t make “yours” too much better….The wife just may switch ‘em on you!..... lol


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#4 posted 03-28-2008 05:58 PM

That is really a great piece!

Don’t worry….when you make yours a little better, she’ll want to take THAT one and give the original back to you. lol!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 06:24 PM

That is real nice. The finish looks perfect. Good job.

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 07:23 PM

The nightstand compliments the bed nicely. The finish is absolutely gorgeous and the dovetails look crisp. Very nice project.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 07:32 PM

Very nice. Did you use plans, or is this your own design. If plans where did you get them if I may ask. I have to make a couple to go with the bed I made….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 03-29-2008 12:53 AM

Excellent, did you do your own plans or did you use published plans? The rail on the top is something I haven’t seen before. I have seen the vertical accent piece before but not the horizontal piece, could you post a pic of the top. I think I really like the added detail. I really like the color too.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#9 posted 03-29-2008 06:13 AM

JL what kind of basic dimensions did you use. I have been thinking of doing one about 14” square and 24-25 tall

-- "Nature provides us with the most beautiful things in this world"

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#10 posted 03-29-2008 06:43 AM

Night stand looks great, You did a beautiful job on it. What about the bed? Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 09-13-2008 05:17 AM

Thats a nice nightstand.

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#12 posted 09-14-2008 04:14 AM

The answer to the question about using purchased plans is yes and no. I purchased the plans for the bed and nightstand from I nodified the bed plan to turn into a king size and I modified the night stand plan considerably to change a few things I felt that I preferred. If you look at the plansnow plans, there is only a single shallow drawer which rides on a sheet of plywood, The lower part of the case is wide open to the back which I felt was wasted space and the crest rail is a solid piece with rounded corners. So I altered the plan to include 3 solid wood drawers and changed the crest rail to add some small square openings with a 1/2” thick cap piece that I think tie in well with the bed and have the added bonus of being able to pass an electrical pulg through rather than running it acroos the top. As for dimensions, the piece is 28” high, 28” wide x 20 1/4” deep. The matching bed is also posted in my projects. Thank you all for your kind words.

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#13 posted 01-29-2012 05:18 AM

I just saw your beautiful Night Stand, which you did a great job of making it a one of a kind. I like that very much. I have drawn plans for one I have to build and the Boss really liked the added piece you added. It would also match the bed I built which has a top rail.
You gave the dimensions for the height and width, but what is the depth if you don’t mind?
Also, I really liked the cap. How high did you make the vertical pieces and the width of them?
I hope you get yours built soon.
Thank you

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#14 posted 02-14-2018 03:07 AM

Great workmanship. Love the giant over sized corbels and how you tilted the lamp shade to add interest to the composition.
Thanks for sharing.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 02-14-2018 03:15 AM

Fantastic creation! Great finish and I like the way you put the pulls on a little crooked to give it that hand made look.
Was there much sawdust produced during the process?

-- Dusty Lungs

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