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Project by Pattyboy posted 647 days ago 840 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a nightstand that I made for my daughter. It is my first piece of furniture and I’m pretty happy with it. The red oak matches her bunk bed so it fits nicely.

There are a TON of mistakes on it but thats all part of the learning process (one of the legs is tapered the wrong way) Some of the joinery is not as tight as I wanted it but my 8 year old daughter can’t tell. I did have a few cracked mortises from slightly oversized tenons but nothing a little glue couldn’t fix.

I kept reading about problems with wood movement and solid wood lower shelves. My solution was to attach the shelf w sliding dovetails and only glue up the front, leaving the back free to expand. I’m not sure if it will really work but I’ll let you know.

I just finished it with a few coats of blonde shellac and then rubbed in and buffed paste wax on top. It sits about 21” high and the top is about 12”x15”

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#1 posted 647 days ago

I doubt you’ll get many LJ’s say any of their projects are perfect. That just shows honesty and a willingness to grow.

Nice looking piece. Looking forward to your future projects.

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#2 posted 647 days ago

The table looks real nice, I’m sure your daughter will love it. As for the mistakes you mentioned, it happens to everyone, and usually the craftsman is the only one to be concerned about them. Like the breadboard ends on the top, nice work with the pegs too.

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#3 posted 647 days ago

I agree with monte.Nice work.

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#4 posted 647 days ago

I like your solution. Looking at it I would want to trim away most of the dovetail between the legs so there is one less dust collecting space that shows how bad I clean but then I’ve been puzzling over this and hadn’t thought of this solution. I’ll be swiping that from you.

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#5 posted 647 days ago

Nice Table and very good work.

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#6 posted 647 days ago

Derosa, that is a good suggestion. I had that same concern but never thought of that. I could still cut out the excess dovetail even now that the project is assembled. That was a difficult area to finish properly so I wouldn’t mind losing it.

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