|Project by Mike_from_Buffalo||posted 05-02-2013 02:57 PM||1842 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
I made this nightstand as a gift for my brother. He didn’t have much space so I only made one. I also wanted to make it as a piece that could stand alone as a side table (just in case a complete bedroom set is ever purchased, this could be used as an end table somewhere with its nicely finished back). Kind of just winged the design of this one. I like the frame and panel look. The panels are pretty small, had to make a custom sled for the router table to hold the pieces safely. Just a simple shaker design. I think that next time I will use the table saw to make the panels and save some frustration.
I learned some things from this project too. Notice the top of the table. The wood did not show any sap wood before it was finished. As soon as I put the first coat on it was like “wow, that’s two diferent colors, not sure I like the stripes” But I ran out of wood, and I actually started to like it more and more. It’s secured to the stand with those bent metal conectors to allow for expansion so changing it in the future won’t be too tough. Drawers are made from ash with box joints and plywood bottoms. All mounted on ball bearing undermount slides.
I applied many coats of wipe on poly. Hopefully a durable finish.
Any feedback is appreciated, even the negative. I’m just starting at woodworking, got many more years ahead of me to get better and more proficient.
-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."