Cherry and Walnut Nightstands

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Project by Scott C. posted 06-17-2013 01:35 PM 3830 views 69 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a pair of nightstands from a full bedroom set I’m making. They are made from baltic birch ply for the case and drawer boxes, solid cherry and walnut, and cherry ply. Finished with Arm-R-Seal and rubbed out with Swilley's wax. These were an original design and I think I spent about as much time designing them as I did making them. I really wanted to make the most efficient use of sheet goods, keep the costs low, and construction technique relatively simple. I did learn through this process that pocket screws are not the best choice for drawer boxes. Drilling 14 pocket holes per drawer x 8 drawers (plus the other 6 that will be in the long dresser), was a royal PITA. Next time it will be rabbets, glue and brad nails. Although there’s always a few areas that stick out to me, I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Next up will be a long dresser version and maybe a tall dresser in the future. Thanks for looking!

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 01:40 PM

Wow! Very nice design! I love it!

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 01:40 PM

Very nice, the contrasting colours work great.

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 01:43 PM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 01:45 PM

looks great ,great job

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#5 posted 06-17-2013 02:44 PM

Great nightstands, will make an incredible set!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 06-17-2013 02:49 PM

These look super. Can’t wait to see the matching pieces.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 06-17-2013 03:33 PM

These make a very nice pair of bedside cabinets. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 06-17-2013 03:36 PM

Very nice nightstands Scott….I like the curved top drawer and curved legs, really makes them….great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 06-17-2013 04:34 PM

Great build! I like the curved drawer, and I bet that really added to the complexity of the project. I also like the wooden drawer pulls. Look forward to seeing the dressers. I recently completed a pair of nightstands, and a pair of dressers. I like building nightstands better, because the smaller size is more manageable.

Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 04:51 PM

Looks awesome, love the combination of woods, really pops the design!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#12 posted 06-17-2013 05:47 PM

Nice work. The amount of time you spent coming up with the design really shows.

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#13 posted 06-17-2013 05:51 PM

Very Nice Nightstands! Congrat’s

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#14 posted 06-17-2013 06:15 PM



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#15 posted 06-17-2013 06:20 PM

Love the design and use of woods! This is a great start on a bedroom set!

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