Bedside tables

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Project by pastor_shane posted 06-06-2008 04:40 AM 1732 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

After I completed my last project (mission style bed), the wife said that our nightstand tables were out of place and did not match, and now she said we needed new ones that matched the bed I made. Well, not wanting to dissapoint the misses, I told her I would be happy to make new tables, but in order to do them justice I would need to buy a dovetail jig…she said, “Sure, whatever you need.” That was my cue to buy a new Porter Cable jig and get to work. The tables are all mortise and tenon constructed Red Oak with a Red Mahogony stain. She likes the tables, the only thing I would do different (now, that I have a little experience) is to change how I mounted the drawers. They are side mounted with a dado in the two drawer sides.

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#1 posted 06-06-2008 07:02 AM

Nice looking table. Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-06-2008 12:55 PM

They look good to me nice job.

-- i cut it twice and it is still to short

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#3 posted 06-06-2008 01:52 PM

You did the drawers the way I do all of mine. I don’t like the metal slide out brackets myself. Takes away from the wood. But that’s my thinking. Really like the piece. You did a great job on it.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 06-06-2008 03:29 PM

Nice job. Love the color.

I’m curious. How would you mount the drawers if you had it to do over again?

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

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 06-06-2008 06:07 PM

This is a nice table. I like the design and the color of the piece.

Well done.

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

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#6 posted 06-06-2008 07:11 PM

Nice looking table, I like the clean simple lines.

Same question, if you were going to do the drawers differently, how would you do them, and why? What dont you like about the sliding dados on the sides?

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Dominic Vanacora

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 07:17 PM

Your wife is my kind of women. You lucky guy. Your good at what you do as well. Even the secondary wood is a good match. Clean, sharp, and looookin Goood.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 11:41 PM

At first I was going to have a face frame with an inset flush mount drawer but after Lori saw how small the drawer would be (about 4” narrower in width and 2” shorter in height) she wanted a larger drawer. Luckily, I had just completed the face frame and had not glued it into the legs. Onto plan “B”. I had never made side hung drawers before, and I wonder if I did it right? I mounted one rail onto each of the sides of the tables and routed a slot on each drawer side that would slide on the rails. I made the rails 11/16” wide and the the dado 3/4”. The reason I think I did it wrong, is when you pull the drawer out about half way, the drawer tips way forward, but if I made the rail any larger than I was afraid it would bind with humidity? So I think if I had to do the drawers differently, I would have bottom-mounted them, but that would not be possible without a faceframe…any suggestions out there?

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-07-2008 01:20 PM

Great looking end table. You did a nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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