Maple nightstands

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This was a fun project aimed at improving my veneering skills. The ambrosia maple veneer was super cheap ($1/sq ft) and gave me a lot of character for a good price. Legs were made from a single slab of curly maple sold as “shotgun stock”. it was such an easy furniture piece (read: pair of furniture pieces) and a joy to make. very simple, straight forward, accessible furniture with quality material. dimensions ended up being around 21”Hx15”Wx15”D.

easy easy mitered/biscuited veneered 1” MDF. easy easy sorta-half lapped legs to carcass. super fun, super easy, whatever you wanna do kinda piece. i’m thinking about making an entire bedroom suite in this style (which i dubbed the “Arca” series).

-- "A craftsman who is respected nearly always rises to the task, and is happy to do so." -Thos. Moser

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#1 posted 2288 days ago

This is a very nice set of nightstands. The grain and color of the maple is simply gorgeous. It sounds like you are having fun and that what woodworking is supposed to be.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 2288 days ago

Very nice and well thought out.

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#3 posted 2288 days ago

Very eye-catching!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2288 days ago

great grain colors,they look amazing.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 2288 days ago

Milehigh, i wish you lived closer to So. IN. The place I work for has about 900 bf of Ambrosia Maple that we arent sure what to do with. LOL Beautiful nightstands. I really like the open design to the legs. Keep up the good work.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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#6 posted 2288 days ago

Beautiful pieces, You were lucky to find such a great deal. It does sound like you had fun. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 2288 days ago

Very intense!
Welcome to Lumberjock’s

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#8 posted 2288 days ago

That veneer is spectacular! Nice project.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 2288 days ago

Talk about busy …holy smokes ! Any pix from other angles ? Ambrosia Maple is awesome….did you enjoy the veneering project ? I’ve yet to attempt one.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 2288 days ago

These are awesome! Great job with the veneer.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 2288 days ago

the veneering went relatively smoothly, with only a few bubbles to fix. i learned it’s very important to be patient with the vacuum bag. taking pieces out too early is a bad idea!!

-- "A craftsman who is respected nearly always rises to the task, and is happy to do so." -Thos. Moser

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