I came up with a design below for a night stand based on Darrell Peart’s Greene and Greene nightstand.
I simplified it by omitting some of the details and it will be painted white (probably milk paint) with the top being stained wood (maybe walnut). So I have the following questions before I start:
1. What kind of wood? I am thinking soft maple because it is good for painting, hard enough but still easy to work with. Cost is also lower than most hardwoods.
2. How to make the legs? There is a straight tapered portion with some curves on the top. they are 1.5 inches thick.
I could just get it close using the bandsaw and use a hand plane to smooth the straight portion and a drum sander on the drill press to smooth the curves. Another idea would be use a router with a template for the curved part but the 1.5 thickness makes that more difficult. Yet another idea is to make the straight taper all one piece and cut it on a table saw and then add the curved part as a separate piece, it might save some wood but maybe more trouble than its worth and it might look funny where the two pieces join.
Maybe I need one of these:
Maybe Darrell will see this and give me some hints.
-- Joel, Encinitas, CA