Night Stand of the West

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 03-30-2014 12:21 AM 1589 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have needed a night stand beside my bed for over a year. I had a little metal table that was about 18 inches high but it just wasn’t big enough. When I built my new kitchen table I had two pieces of pine , 24×24 left over. I also had a big piece of skirting leather that was so tough that I was having trouble cutting it into any complicated shape. I looked around the shop and found some 2 X4’s that weren’t too bad and a little left over pine. I glued the leather to the pine table top with Barge Contact Cement after squaring it up with a hand saw and rip saw. I think it ended up being 23 1/2 by 23 1/2. I then remembered that one does not glue leather to a pine glue up and expect it not to split. There are two cleats on the bottom of the table. It’s best to use MDF under the leather. I carved and stamped the leather and then added strips on the edges. The strips are dyed and glued. I then added upholstery tacks to add some interest and to make sure the leather stayed put. I then got out my worm drive circular saw and ripped out the legs at something like 28 1/2 inches. Next I got the rip saw(hand) and ripped the taper on one side of each leg. Then it was time to get out the #5 and #4 1/2 planes and get to work. I don’t know what the legs measure but they are all the same. I ripped some 1 x pine to 1 3/4 inches and cut the tenons with my tenon saw. I laid out the mortises and pounded and dug with my mortise chisel until it all fit. I glued it up and added cross corner blocks to help the narrow apron. I sanded it to 220 and then sprayed it with black enamel. Yeah, it’s just rattlenamel but it made it black and shiny. The top is finished with Saddle Tan Hi-liter from Tandy Leather and topped with Fiebings Saddle lacquer. It’s now holding up an old horseshoe lamp that I was given and I can see to read my book in bed. I’m still not sure how much fun it is being a galoot but it seems to be satisfying.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 12:23 AM

I forgot to mention that some of the photos were taken before the paint was on the legs.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 12:44 AM

The perfect bedside table for a cowboy! You are a skilled leather tooler as well as a skilled woodworker. I’ve always said “cowboys can do anything!”

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 01:00 AM

so after being a cowboy all these years, i have to ask you tom is its really true, is there really a holy cow, cus there is one for sure in your bedroom now, that table is so beautiful, the more i see your work with leather the more amazed i am, its really super tom, the two go together so well, wood and leather…i just love leather, and seeing it after you have tooled it is a smile maker for sure, thanks for showing us your new table…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 01:43 AM

Nice work on the leather and the wood Tom. Is the six shooter just for effect or do you really keep it by you bedside?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 03:48 AM

The cowboy that can do anything is starting to make the bunkhouse livable.

Great job Thomas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 04:32 AM


The table is really outstanding, especially your leather work. Keep up the good work.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 07:18 AM

Beautiful job Thomas! What is your secret to keeping the stretch out of a piece of leather that big when you tool it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 12:43 PM

Grumpy, the six gun is either there or on my belt.
Topa, The leather is glued to the base before it is tooled. It can’t stretch. Unless, of course, the wood or MDF stretches. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 01:01 PM

Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 02:37 PM

That is a very nice piece and will make a great conversation piece.

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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#11 posted 03-30-2014 03:30 PM

That’s outstanding, Thomas! Having read through the description in my e-mail, I knew it would end up being way better than you made it sound.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 05:30 PM

Great build!

You learn something new on the website every day – Personally, I would have simply glued the leather to the top of the table and started crying when it split apart later. Now I know better!



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#13 posted 03-30-2014 05:32 PM

Your Leather carving is very masterful!! The whole table is Top Notch Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 05:41 PM

Thomas, I somehow missed seeing the other two projects until now. It is great to see you posting projects again. Always loved the combination of the wood and leather and how you make them work so well together. Glad to see you are making an more comfortable space for yourself, hope to see some more of your projects soon.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 09:03 PM

Beautiful Piece Of Work Thomas!!

-- Staring up to admire your Halo,usually creates a pain in the neck!

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