Curly Maple/Bubinga/Burl Veneer nightstands

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Project by Konquest posted 12-16-2012 12:48 AM 2829 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty basic design: frame and panel with some chunky beading around the panels. The frames are from some curly hard maple and the edging is from one big piece of bubinga that’s been laying around for a year or so. The real feature is the beautiful maple burl veneer that I got for a great price from As with many of my projects, I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in satin. Between the mitered bead details on the doors and the sides, as well as the miters on the top, there was a lot of sneaking up on miter cuts, so I have to also give some love to my Incra HD1000 miter guage with “shop stop”, and the Freud Premier Fusion thin kerf blade. The miter guage, in particular, is one of the best investments I ever made.

And in case anyone was wondering, the future owners wanted to choose their own hardware.

Any questions? Fire away. Anyone who is scared of veneering needs to give it a shot. While I am not a tree hugger by any means, I think a mix of solid wood construction with veneered panels is a small way to help ensure that the craft will be around for our kids and grandkids to enjoy (and I am pretty young by woodworker standards: 34). Plus, it allows access to some figured woods that would be prohibitively expensive as solid lumber. I’d like to think that the last few projects that I’ve done also show that you need not sacrifice quality or aesthetic beauty with veneered elements, either.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 12:51 AM

Wow these are gorgeous, great job.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 01:07 PM

“pretty basic” beautiful ! thanks for posting. thats a nice piece of work

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 01:59 PM

Classy looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 02:22 PM

very nice , I love veneer.

-- Dubb , WV

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 05:09 PM

Wow! Those are incredibly amazing..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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