Arts & Crafts Style Nightstands

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Project by Trackman posted 08-19-2012 09:55 PM 2235 views 24 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was 2 ½ years in the making. I started on Spring Break of 2010 and finished this weekend. It seemed as though something would come up that was more important than the nightstands and they would be put on the back burner.

A good deal of the wood for this project came from old oak pallets that I brought home from work and recycled. After milling them down to final size they were as beautiful as any oak that you could buy at the lumber yard.

I used a dark mission water-based dye to get the color I wanted, but I had a very difficult time keeping the grain from raising. I wet the whole thing down with water to let the grain raise then sanded, but the grain raised again when I put the dye on. I think next time I’ll mix the dye with denatured alcohol rather than distilled water.

Now that this project is done, I’m going to attempt to make an Arts & Crafts style head and footboard to match.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 10:04 PM

I really like A&C furniture and you nightstands are outstanding,they look beautiful.

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 10:38 PM

Nicest looking scrap wood I have ever seen..

Great job !!


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 11:30 PM

Classic style. Beautifully done!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 11:47 PM

Great looking night stands. You certainly have transformed scrap wood into a a set of wonderful night stands.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-20-2012 12:23 AM

Very nice!

-- Rick

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#6 posted 08-20-2012 12:37 AM

Very nice. Love these! Are you sure they are from pallets? They look great.

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 02:04 AM

Very nice job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 08-20-2012 02:16 AM

Beautiful nightstands!

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#9 posted 08-20-2012 03:23 AM

Love them! Well done.

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#10 posted 08-20-2012 03:24 AM

Great re-use of pallet wood !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 08-20-2012 03:31 AM

Very nice job. They look great.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 08-20-2012 09:55 AM

Worth the wait. Oak grain will raise forever. Nature of the beast.
One of my favorite styles.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#13 posted 08-20-2012 10:42 AM

Very well done !! They look great. Nice shop too….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 08-20-2012 11:00 AM

Quality work takes time.

Nice job!


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#15 posted 08-20-2012 12:00 PM

Those really look great.
Great job.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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