Greene inspired Night Stand #3: Cutting up boards

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 01-29-2008 05:38 AM 1863 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought 35 bd ft of Hondo Mahogany. It’s been stickered for about a week. I cut it all up and now it’s ready for the next phase. Knife hinges are on order and some ebony from e-bay. I’ll let it all sit till the weekend and keep my fingers crossed that none of the sticks will warp. I have been planning this way too long.

Here are all the boards. They are about 11” wide. There is an 8/4 piece in the forground.

Here are all the sticks

and a rare shot of the evil red eyed shop dwarf.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 01-29-2008 07:58 AM

Nice looking wood. Keep em coming

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 01-29-2008 11:56 AM

Doesn’t look at all evil to me.

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#3 posted 01-29-2008 12:07 PM

i freak out when my girlfriends kids come near my tools, its mostly for their safety, but deep down inside, i worry about my tools too.

-- @jonboon81

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#4 posted 01-29-2008 12:58 PM

Looking good so far. Can’t wait to see the finished piece ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 01-29-2008 01:01 PM

Great looking wood. I love mahogany. It’s getting expensive nowadays. What did you end up paying for it?

BTW Cute little girl.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 03:10 PM

Alright you have my attention. I can’t wait for the next installment. It is such a joy to see others at work.

She is gorgeous. I am sure that she is ready to lend a hand with the project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-29-2008 03:33 PM

I look forward to watching it come together.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 07:26 PM

Hi Scott,
Are you still going with version (I think) 13 of your plan? Please show how you shape the door panels to match the cloudlift in the door rails. Could you grove the rails before shaping the cloudlift, and leave the panels as rectangles? I’m really interested in your design as it closely matches something my wife and I agree on (just about the first time that has happened, and I want to capitalize on that…) as one of my next projects.
In looking at nightstand designs, I thought a single door that opened away from the bed would be best. What was your thoughts on this? Are the two doors for appearance, or are they short enough that they don’t get in the way when open? This is not a critique, just to understand the thought process as you’ve obviously put a lot of effort into the design.

BTW, that’s one of the best looking shop dwarfs I’ve seen!

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#9 posted 01-30-2008 12:04 AM

Nice bit of lumber there Scott. Keep that shop dwarf under control. Look forward to seeing the end result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 05:08 AM

I’ll be getting back at it this weekend.


First of all, I will take any sort of input; critique or not. I hope there are a lot of people out there (professionals and hobbyists alike) From whom I can learn. Heck, I might not agree! I sometimes suffer from tunnel vision during design and need to be snapped out of it. I have spent hours writing programs, gone home and thought about what I was doing (stupid), scrapped the whole thing in the morning and completed the program in less than an hour. it’s the “what was I thinking” principal.

As for the revisions, I am actually on version 16. The revisions are as follows.

Version 13 still had the traditional stile and rail configuration on the doors. The revisions up until that time were drastic and joinery decisions. I am quite accustomed to versioning as I am a systems analyst by trade :)

Version 14 flipped that configuration

Version 15 shortened the top. This is actually a retreat to a much earlier version.

Version 16 thins the top a little and re-proportiions the ebony splines to match the shorter top.

I will likely play with the top once I finish the case. I think I’ll get up before the goblins wake and set two different pieces of 3/4” pieces of MDF on top till I see what I like.

I thought quite a bit about how to construct the panel grooves. Right now I think I will use a 1/4” slot cutter with a bearing to follow the form of the cloud lifts. I also considered cutting the slots before shaping the cloudlifts but I am concerned that the depth of the slot might allow the lip to warp and either open (bad) or close up (not so bad).

As for the doors, I like the look and I think a 17 inch door just looked too “Big”. I also think two pulls in the middle will help to center it.

Thanks for the interest and the input. Keep it coming.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#11 posted 02-02-2008 11:54 PM

Well I managed to stay away from LJ most of the day. Been in the shop jointing and planing. The doors are all trimmed and ready to mortice and tenon. My goal is to get all the stiles and rails done today and make some templates tomorrow so I can start routing the cloud lifts. That will be my next installment. No pictures today because my son has the camera at Lake Tahoe.

Back to the shop now.

-- Scott - Chico California

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