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CharlesA

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06-25-2013 03:35 PM

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).

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 06-25-2013 04:10 PM

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 06-25-2013 04:13 PM

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 06-25-2013 06:18 PM

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.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 06-25-2013 09:15 PM

I am having difficulty picturing it in a light wood.

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#5 posted 06-25-2013 09:31 PM

Her bed looks a lot like this:

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 11:32 PM

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

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#7 posted 06-26-2013 12:30 AM

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

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#8 posted 06-26-2013 01:38 AM

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

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 06-26-2013 02:01 AM

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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