Walnut Nightstands

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Project by siouxdawgs0409 posted 10-18-2012 08:47 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been a work in progress for quite sometime! All while this project was going on I also got engaged and married and now we both get to enjoy these nightstands in our bedroom. These were designed between my now wife and I did all the design drawings on sketchup. She has very good taste! I like how she helps me to grow on my building skills because I do not limit myself to what I know I can do. This project had multiple firsts. The big one being that I had never constructed drawers. So the drawers and the web were all firsts for me so I stuck with walnut ply to keep it a little simpler so I did not need to worry so much about the movement of the frame. The only thing that is the ply is the sides, back and the bottom shelf and the bottom of the drawers. Everything else is solid. The drawers were alot of fun and they contain handcut half blinds and full dovetails and also contain slips. After watching some Youtube videos and purchasing a good handsaw and set of chisels I decided to give the dovetails a try. I practiced on some old scrap and was very worried on how they were going to turn out based on the first attempts. As you can see I got the hang of it and they ended up turning out great! The other fun part of the project was the construction of the top and bottom mouldings. I ordered some crown and quarter round mouldings and then built the dentil myself and layered it up to form the top accent piece. I was very pleased with how this turned out. The bottom piece was a simple design that I cut out from some french curves. I am very pleased with how the project turned out. My wife is also very excited and just loves how they look in the room.

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 09:24 PM

very nice! firsts are always the most nerve racking, but ultimately the most fun and meaningful.

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 10:52 PM

Very nice, and for the dovetails they look great…....

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 11:37 PM

I think you did a great job, the dove tails look nice and the design is very nice!

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#4 posted 10-19-2012 12:19 AM

Really nice project

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 02:09 AM

Beautiful Nightstands that stands out.

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 06:03 AM

Nice job, those dovetails do look great. If you had not have mentioned it I would have assumed you’d made them before. Fantastic looking piece.

-- Ben from IL

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 10:18 AM

The dentil molding really puts the icing on the cake : ) Very well done , and congrats on the marriage : )

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 02:14 PM

very nice

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 05:13 PM

beautiful! love the moulding and classy look and it looks like it wont move! really nice

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#10 posted 10-19-2012 05:47 PM

i really love walnut and you have made some really nice pieces from it here, these will be great in your home for a long long time, then being heirlooms that can stay in the family, how great, very nice work here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 10-19-2012 07:10 PM

Thanks all for the compliments! I must say, my wife insisted on the dentil moulding! I cant wait to get started on the next project…. A cheval mirror for the Master bedroom.

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