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Project by ChristianViggo posted 492 days ago 1202 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I just found LumberJocks, so I thought I should start adding stuff. Here is a nightstand I completed. I’m doing an independent study on furniture in college and wanted to play with cantilevering the top. This was my first go at handcut dovetails, so I’m pleased with how well they came out.

The case has a hidden spline, and then screws that I’ve snugplugged shut. In the future, I would probably biscuit join everything and do a miter joint to hide all the end grain. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a biscuit joiner at the making of this.

Casework and legs are common walnut, drawer sides of maple, drawer bottom 1/4” birch ply. I think next time I will do a solid wood bottom and bevel the edges to fit. Everything is finished with Tried and True Original finish. I like to powerbuff it after it soaks for an hour and do 3 coats waiting 24 hours inbetween.
Does anyone have any critiques of the design, construction, etc?

Thanks!

-- I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things. - William S. Coperthwaite





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 492 days ago

Welcome to LJ”s A great bunch of woodworkers from all over the world. I like the design….reminds me of the 60’s and 70’s

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 492 days ago

Great job, a real beauty! Welcome to Lj’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 492 days ago

Very interesting design, nice build on this nightstand.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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vipond33

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#4 posted 492 days ago

Yes, very cute.
The framed butt joint look is good with the grain matching and the darkness of that end grain looks better than mitering IMO. The legs seem a little thin, a little plain though.
And even though it may be stable, visually there is apprehension about it. Perhaps the front leg could be a bit farther forward.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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ChristianViggo

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#5 posted 492 days ago

Thanks for the critique vipond.
I agree that the legs are thin – and plain. I was dealing with the walnut stock I had on hand. The 4/4 I had went through a planer with a really bad set of planer knives first so by the time I had it smooth it was closer to 5/8 than 4/4.
By shifted forward do you mean a linear displacement of the leg, or a more steep angle?

-- I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things. - William S. Coperthwaite

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 492 days ago

I’m thinking he means there’s too much overhang from the front of the box down to where the front legs touch the floor.

I also thought the same, it looks like it will tip forward if you put a heavy book on the front edge of the top.

Nice table. I like the concept

And Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#7 posted 492 days ago

I like the uniqueness of the legs and the finger pull
of the drawer. Clean work.

Welcome to LJ’s ChristianViggo!

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 492 days ago

This is certainly an interesting design and will definitely be an eye catcher. How did you join the front legs to the cabinet?

helluvawreck aka Charles
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ChristianViggo

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#9 posted 492 days ago

As for how it looks like it will tip, I guess that’s something I was intentionally playing with. Both legs come in just around 1” from their respective front or back edge, so it’s plenty stable. I can certainly understand why some people wouldn’t like it. I supposed I could have chosen to be a bit more subtle, but I was trying to make it provocative.

The legs are joined to the cabinet just by glue. I figured a long-grain joint should be plenty strong for normal use. The legs look spindly already and it will be in my bedroom, so hopefully no one will decide to sit on it. I would have liked to have done a sliding dovetail for them, but I didn’t have the resources (or time) to do so.

-- I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things. - William S. Coperthwaite

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#10 posted 492 days ago

totally unique

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#11 posted 492 days ago

That’s kind of neat. Good workmanship too.

I agree that the front legs are a bit thin. I would like a bit more beef. The angle is ok with me, if the thing is stable. It kind of reminds me of a dancer with pointed toe jutting it out.

Welcome to LJs,
Steve

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 491 days ago

I like it! The cantilevered design gives the illusion of instability which is the whole point. Legs could be thicker for overall balance but I think you did a great job. And the wooden drawer slides are quite authentic.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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alholstein

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#13 posted 491 days ago

The legs make it a unique piece, you made it stable even though it doesn’t look it and that is ok. I think that if the legs joined at the top of the cabinet at a point that they would flow better that stopping at the middle of the cabinet. That is my suggestion

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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ChristianViggo

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#14 posted 491 days ago

There seems to be a consensus that the legs should be thicker and I would agree with that. Does anyone have a recommendation for what thickness? The casework is 3/4 and the legs as they are stand about 5/8.

-- I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things. - William S. Coperthwaite

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vipond33

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#15 posted 491 days ago

Christian. I meant a linear progression. The difference is quite subtle here. If the tip of the forward leg was just a hair back of the front edge then you would still have your frisson but with the considered rationalization that everything is ok. i.e. No face plants are going to happen unless you do something really stupid.
I agree with alholstein that a continued projection (and or joining) of the legs to the top or beyond would be a design improvement.
As it stands (!), still very nice.
gene

Oh yes, thanks for the very fine photography.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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