Night stand edge is awfully grainy looking.

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Forum topic by LGross posted 11-22-2013 01:39 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2013 01:39 AM

I am fairly new to woodworking. I just finished a simple nightstand using oak plywood for the top and shelf. When I look at the top and shelf edge it is pretty ugly and grainy, but the picture I used to create the nightstand looks nice. Why does mine look like that? I do not think the creator used veneer and they said they used oak in the article.

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 02:42 AM

Probably the edge was banded by gluing on an oak strip. You could still do that.

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 02:52 AM

Agreed. You can put hardwood strips around the edges and finish to match. Maybe they used solid pieces of wood glued up to make a larger panel?

Got a pic of what you looked at to make your project?

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 01:18 PM

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 01:19 PM

I will look into the oak strip and how it would look. Thank you for answering my post.

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#5 posted 11-22-2013 02:11 PM

That doesn’t look like oak on the top in the pictures. It might be oak on the legs. The rest looks like cherry to me. And did they say they used oak plywood, or just oak?

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 02:19 PM

The table in the picture looks like cherry plywood with maple or birch legs, and the edges are “banded” to cover up the plywood edge. Pretty standard construction. Same idea no matter what species of wood used.

When you use plywood like this, plan for a 1/8” – 1/4” strip of wood to be glued to the plywood edges before you assemble the project. Make the strip a little wider than the edge, glue it on using tape to hold it in place, then trim it back using a router with an end bearing bit. Fine tuning can be done with a hand scraper, then finish sanded flush.

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 02:28 PM

He used plywood and put a veneer around the edge. Here is a link for his build of this project if you want to check it out.

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 12:15 PM

Thank you to all who posted a reply, I appreciate your responses.

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