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Project by JD13 posted 08-05-2014 01:26 AM 2180 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wife needed a new nightstand, so this was my first woodworking project since high school shop. Made it to her height specs, she asked for a cubby, and made the 3 drawers smaller to larger according to some golden design rules I found online. I decided on a concrete top to play around with it. I wanted smooth, sharp, and glassy, but I ground it too much and it got pebbly, but she likes the raw look. One surprise is the pill container. She always kept some antacid and such on the old stand, so I embedded a tin pill cup right where her hand goes so she can find it in the middle of the night. Plywood carcass, trimmed in red oak, drawers solid red oak with through dovetails, stained with General Finishes Expresso. Hand applied GF varnish with lint-free cotton rags. Making a dresser for my son next in same fashion. If it’s like this thing, it’ll be bomb-proof, but weigh a ton.

-- JD from Elk Grove

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 01:57 AM

Nice for your first WW project since high school. Are you 25 or 55?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 03:25 AM

Thanks! Just turned 47. Kids are grown enough I can finally get back into WW. Now, if only I had more $$ for tools… :-P

-- JD from Elk Grove

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 03:43 AM

More $ for tools AND wood ! Very nice job.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 05:32 AM

And I thought it hurt to roll out of bed and hit my head on my oak nightstands! The project came out really nice. I like the through tails and concrete top too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 03:09 PM

I like the through dovetails. My next project uses some “visible half blind” dovetails.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#6 posted 08-05-2014 05:30 PM

Nice work. If you decide you don’t like the rough look a bit later you can make a slurry from portland cement and water (and a bit of sand if the holes are bigger) and then fill them in. Worked well on the countertops I’ve made.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 09:26 PM

Love the top, the embedded cup, great craftsmanship.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 04:06 PM

Thanks for the tip on the slurry. I thought about that, but the wife likes it as it (luckily) so I wiggled out of extra work on that.

-- JD from Elk Grove

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