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Night stands - Walnut and Maple

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Project by richgreer posted 07-10-2012 12:35 PM 1719 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two night stands I made for my son and his girlfriend. I designed them myself, but I need to give credit to planeBill. His project (55587) was the starting point for discussions that led to this design.

The frame, top and drawer handles are black walnut. The drawer front is curly maple. Everything is very solid and heavy. The top is 2” think and the legs are 2.5” square.

The finish is a 50/50 mixture of glossy and satin minwax rub on poly. I think the glossy is too glossy and the satin in too dull and the 50/50 mixture is just right.

FYI – I did not take pictures before delivering them so my son took these pictures in his home. Hence, the pictures were not taken with fellow woodworkers in mind. I wish the pictures did a better job of showing off the grain in the tops.

True to my nature, I think this design really shows off the wood. I consider those drawer fronts to be the stars of this show and the walnut provides a solid supporting role.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.





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Lanaug

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#1 posted 07-10-2012 12:44 PM

very nice and I like the thick wood.

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#2 posted 07-10-2012 12:48 PM

I like these…. especially the thicker tops and the curly maple.

Made me think of a project I did a while ago :) See below.

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-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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woodworm

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#3 posted 07-10-2012 12:52 PM

Very nice looking Night Stands and your pet is very cooperative. I like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 12:55 PM

Looks like it will be around for years.
Nice build.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 02:16 PM

Very striking. Are the fronts veneered? I am assuming they are.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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richgreer

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 02:24 PM

No Jim – Those fronts are solid wood. I found this maple some time ago and I had been waiting for the right place to use it. I think I found it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 02:35 PM

hannes – I looked at all 6 pictures of your project. Very nice. You worked harder than I did. I used mortise and tenon joinery on the sides and on the front cross pieces. I hate to admit it, but I used pockethole joinery on the back cross pieces (that no one sees).

An objective of mine is to not use any hardware in my work, but I compromised on that in these night stands. I used some pocket hole joinery on the back and I used screws (from underneath) to secure the top to the frame. Finally, my greatest compromise was to use metal slides for the drawers. I was working on an all-wood sliding mechanism but, as the deadline approached, I switched to metal slides because they are so much easier to work with.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 06:05 PM

Love it! I like the contrast of light and dark. I am especially partial to curly maple for the look of the grain.

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 07:48 PM

Dare I say those are the ”cats meow”!

They are truly beautiful and I can see the amount of work involved.

Any idea of how much the weigh?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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richgreer

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 08:09 PM

I weighted them and they are 37 pounds each. I expected them to weigh more. They feel like more when I lift them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 07-11-2012 02:26 AM

Very nice Rich – your son will be liking those for many years. They are solid and look great and he will always tell folks – “dad made them”.

“They feel like more” weight because we are getting older my friend. I just got the big OK from the doctor to start lifting after surgery on 4 hernias. I now have a mesh covering my whole abdomen. The hardest part was being on “light duty” for 6 weeks. The 1st thing I did after the big OK was to visit the grandaughters, pick them up and give them that big Pepe hug.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#12 posted 07-11-2012 03:55 AM

A solid combo of woods here, Rich. I do agree that the maple is the star and the walnut provides a solid supporting role. Very simple, yet attractive look. Bravo. God bless.

-- Brian M. Sharpe - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCarpentersHands

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#13 posted 07-11-2012 04:46 AM

Those have got to be great items Rich, good show. Hmmm…....solid. Hmmmmmmmmmm…..

Take care, hope to get in some woodworking soon…......work still rules for another month at least….......then hopefully the project will be done…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 07-14-2012 01:21 AM

cats will sit anywhere

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#15 posted 07-15-2012 07:28 PM

Very beautiful work Rich. I love the wood combo and the dimensions of the individual pieces, they are massive a d solid looking. I really like the woods in these. I like the frame and panel sides. How is the bottom shelf attatched? Really nice work. I am glad mine inspired you in making these lovely n ightstands.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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