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Blog entry by Tmanpdx posted 03-30-2019 01:41 AM 541 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Let’s talk about nightstands. I’m doing a bedroom set using 3 large slabs of Chestnut. I went out trying to get inspiration but nightstands are the most boring thing ever. I must have looked through a thousand different nightstands and they all follow the same 2-3 patterns, if just using a different wood species.

This gave me a chance to come up with some designs that I’m pretty happy with. My first criteria was to have the chestnut slabs waterfall over the side. My second criteria was to do more exposure for the drawers.

Through design sessions, each person selected a different design! So instead of doing 1 design twice, I get to do two different designs! Yea! I love doing new things.

I just assembled these – no sanding yet, so it will look better in the future.

I’m also supplying a headboard, a waterfall slab over the headboard to attach lights, and two underbed drawer units – I’ll review those later as I build them.

1st Nightstand – this is a waterfall slab off the side. Black walnut case with web frames to support the drawer slides, which will be PTO, and will have birdseye maple drawer fronts:

I like how the slab overlays the black walnut case. Here is the back – I’ll be putting on a plywood back in the rabbeted section:

2nd Nightstand – this is a waterfall slab off the front – using the slab as drawer fronts. This was a very difficult and tricky build, and very fragile until I put it together. Black walnut frames and drawers using custom undermount wooden dovetail drawer slides.

I have a show this upcoming weekend, so I rushed the one with the waterfall out. It’s coming along nicely. Here are progress pics of each of the components. I’ll be putting it together in a few days.

Delivered this week. Client was very happy:

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#1 posted 03-30-2019 05:54 PM

The first has a stunning look. The second is likely more user friendly. The each are going to be fantastic.

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