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297 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip question maple milling arts and crafts

My daughter likes the look of this nightstand. I have two questions.

1) How would you make the grooves in the doors? It seems like the two major options would be to route grooves in the solid doors (with accompanying chisel work) or to make a top frame attached to a back?
2) Her headboard is very light colored. Any reason not to make this out of maple, beech, or ash (I can get all of them from a local sawmill).


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#1 posted 297 days ago

I think it would look best if you did the second option—- the frame attached to the back. Otherwise the grain direction might look a little off. In terms of wood selection, Craftsman furniture is typically quarter-sawn White oak, but you can choose whatever wood you like, of course!

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#2 posted 297 days ago

Thanks for the advice. I would prefer quarter sawn oak, but the headboard is already craftsman style light wood.

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#3 posted 297 days ago

I am curious if anyone has thoughts if this design will look good in light maple. The dark oak seems so integral to the look.

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#4 posted 297 days ago

I am having difficulty picturing it in a light wood.

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#5 posted 297 days ago

Her bed looks a lot like this:

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#6 posted 297 days ago

I can’t picture it in maple, just would look wrong in my opinion.

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#7 posted 296 days ago

I agree that the second option is the way to go.

In terms of the wood, take a look at this to see if the color is close to what you need. I finished it with shellac and Target’s EM6000, but if you need to lighten it up, you could use super blonde shellac and EM9000. It is qswo. HTH

-- Art

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#8 posted 296 days ago

Art, that looks really nice—a good option. pretty stuff.

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#9 posted 296 days ago

I would just make a halflap gridwork, and attach that to a second thinner panel. Routing grooves in a solid panel would be too much work for me.

Arts and crafts furniture looks very different in light tones, but some folks like it.

Here is another version I just completed…
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/85871

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