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09-22-2015 09:13 PM

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I came across this nightstand from someone here that doesn’t seem to be too active. In trying to pencil out some plans, I’m having trouble with the panels and the fact there are panels in both the vertical and horizonal dimension. Is this inevitably going to lead to blind dados (or rabbets) which I can do, but are extra work and I wondered if I’m just not thinking about things clearly. Am I better off using stripping in some locations for the lighter wood?

How about the joints in general? If you have four horizontal rings for each level, do you think it’s just butt joints for the spacer sections? Seems like there might be a better way to do it.

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 12:00 AM

It looks like a cabinet material or possibly wood (depending on the size) with the lighter (oak wood) as a trim.


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#2 posted 09-23-2015 12:28 AM

That looks really cool. It has the look of Campaign furniture or a steamer trunk. I really like it. I’m thinking I’m going to hang on to this for future reference.

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 01:02 AM

Think of it like two side panels where the top and bottom rails are also part of a top and bottom panel. I’m sure the back is frame and panel as well. The only blind dados would be for the drawer frames, if there are any.

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#4 posted 09-23-2015 02:15 AM

How about a link to the original page and more photos ?

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#5 posted 09-23-2015 04:19 AM

frame and panel,with in-layed drawer fronts,and the metal is to give it the steamer trunk look just decoration. Could also be built as a panel carcass then the Frame added as trim.

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#6 posted 09-23-2015 05:04 AM

Texcaster, there is a link in the original post, but unfortunately that’s the only picture.

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#7 posted 09-23-2015 05:07 AM

So what I’m trying to decide is whether it is better to have the “trim” sections (the light wood) provide the strength of the body with the dark sections being floating panels, or have the dark sections provide the strength of the box and the light sections are just a trim overlay.

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#8 posted 09-23-2015 01:33 PM

Make frames with the Oak. The panels of darker wood can fit into grooves in the frames, using a rebate around the edges. Almost like the Shakers used.

Looks like some areas of oak are a bit thicker? Joints can just be mortise & tenon. Top and bottom F & P sections can be seperate units. Glued in place, pocket screwed from the inside, or just some dowels to line things up..

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