Walnut nightstands (project with many firsts)

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Project by Billy E posted 08-11-2014 12:17 PM 1527 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project that I’ve uploaded here, and what I consider probably my first “real” woodworking project. Before this, I have made a couple of shelves and one nightstand for the kids, but these were painted and made mostly from Lowes S4S poplar boards. It’s hard for me to list all the firsts in this project: first M&T joinery, first edge joining (top), first face laminating (legs), and most importantly—first project that wasn’t painted, so no screws and wood putty!

I didn’t work off of plans, but did reference a number of Shaker style photos for ideas. They stand 25 1/2” and the tops are 19×19”. I wanted the tops to look a little more substantial than most Shaker tables, so they are 6/4 planed down to about 1 3/8”. I didn’t have 19” wide boards, so I glued up two from the same board and I think I matched them up pretty well. The joint for the most part gets lost in the sapwood (anyone familiar with wood can spot it, but it doesn’t stand out). Everything is black walnut, except the drawer bottoms are red oak and the drawer glides (not visible in these pictures) are red oak. I found the pulls on Etsy. My wife loves dragonflies so I thought these were cool. Overall I’m happy with them. My wife is already wanting me to start on a platform bed. Thanks for looking.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 01:09 PM

Beautiful set of nightstands!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 06:37 PM

You did a great job, nice joinery and a good design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 12:56 AM

I appreciate the kind words. I’m pretty happy with the results. My wife is too, which is of course the most important.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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