The Nightstands Build #1: Nightstand Progress

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Blog entry by Eric_S posted 03-23-2010 01:01 AM 3182 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been saying I would post pics on the nightstand progress for a while so I thought I would actually do what I said. The nightstands are progressing nicely. These pics aren’t really exciting though but its a work in progress. The legs are hard maple and the rest is cherry. THe panels are more of a Red cherry and the top and drawer fronts when finished will be curly cherry.

The legs. On the 4th leg from the left I had to use maple wood filler half way up after partially drilling a mortise in the wrong location. The double mortises are 1/4” and the apron mortises are 3/8”. I still need to cut them to correct length, cut the curves in the sides, and cut a dovetail opening on tops.

Bottom aprons. The tenons were all done on the bandsaw with stop blocks. Much easier to do than relying on my inaccurate fence and table saw, even with the tenon jig I made. I still need to template and create the curve in the bottom of them and groove the top of them 3/8”

Top aprons. Still need groove in bottom for panels.

the front blades. These still need the double tenons and the top ones need dovetails.

My favorite and most used tool in the shop. Its ooooold. Stanley No. 7 with hock blade and chipbreaker. All original japanning. Tote is replaced but isn’t the correct one for it. Also in pic is newer No.5 from the 50’s I think also with hock blade and chipbreaker.

These are the original side and back panel of one nightstand but decided 12 1/2” between the legs was too small ;) so I decided to do bookmatched panels at 17”

Bookmatched panels for the sides of one nightstand. These still need to be flattened and I still have another pair and backs to do.

Odd small scraps from cuts. What should I do with all these uniformly cut tenon shoulders and cheeks from the bandsaw? Hmmm. Suggestions?

Thanks for looking.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 01:10 AM

Make an end grain cutting board with the scraps!

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 01:22 AM

Hmm maybe, it would take some creativity in the design. Not sure if I even have enough for one.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Thomas Keefe

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 02:08 AM

Thanks for the update Eric. It looks like you are making great progress. In the sketchup plans it seemed
like there were more curves than what I see here. Did the plan change? Thanks for posting.


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#4 posted 03-23-2010 02:52 AM

Well the curves are only on the bottom of the legs now instead of top and bottom, but i still have to make them.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 03-24-2010 02:59 AM

The pieces that are too small to work would make great smoking chips for the BBQ I just try to smoke with one specie at a time.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 01:43 PM

Excellent documentation of your project, Eric! Looking forward to following this. As for the scraps, I bought a garbage can just for my scraps, you never know when you might need an odd shaped piece somewhere or blocks for your clamps, of course the problem is the can gets full then its time to fire up the smoker like Doug said.

I appreciate the detail of your documentation, one of the many reasons I signed on here was to watch you guys in how you do your precision table work. Too often I spend lots of time carving and end up just throwing the board together…I’m learning quite a bit watching projects develop like yours.




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#7 posted 03-24-2010 06:30 PM

Smoking chips suggestion sounds good doug, i may have to try that.

Thanks Jim. Maybe in the future I’ll try and include some pics of setups and cutting to help.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 07:50 AM

You could always use the scrap chips for a nice game of Jenga.. ;)

-- Mark, Oregon,

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 07:57 AM


Emotionally, I’m a very awkward mix of:

- cheering on your progress
- grateful for your documentation, and
- waxing more than a touch nostalgic :-)

Good show! Keep it up, Bud!!

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 08-23-2010 03:13 PM

This looks very much like the joinery that was used in Peter Korn’s Basic Woodworking. This is very nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 11-20-2010 03:40 AM

Nice job, it looks a lot like the ones I am making. When I am home.

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