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Project by bkhop posted 10-29-2008 04:41 AM 2236 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been promising my wife since we’ve been married that we didn’t have to buy furniture for our bedroom because I’d make it. (I’m probably not the only woodworker to ever make such a promise.) Well, after 12 years, I’ve got the first two pieces done. (Not that it took that long!) I started these nightstands about the beginning of summer and generally only got to spend a few hours each week on them.

All hand-cut dovetails throughout (case and drawers). Can’t see them in the pics, but lamb’s tongue carved in front corners.

Wood: cherry (ash for drawers, mostly because I really like ash and I have an abundance of it)
Finish: sanded out to 220, set in sun for 6 hours, 6 coats hand rubbed Waterlox medium sheen, sanded out with 400 grit between coats
Hardware: solid brass from Horton
Glides: Blum Tandem

-- † Hops †

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#1 posted 10-29-2008 04:58 AM

Hops… beautiful. I’m afraid that the figuring in your cherry may keep you up at night screaming at you! Great job on the dovetails. Where did you find the plans?

Thanks for posting.


-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 05:12 AM

Lovely furniture built to last a lifetime

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 06:08 AM

Yes ! very beautiful night stand. I like the traditional ogee feet. And the stamped brass handles, (if I’m not mistaken) add ascent to period furniture.

Great achievement.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 12:18 PM

Where did you find the plans?

our own plans based on several different prototypes.

-- † Hops †

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 12:56 PM

Rome was not build in one day ( at least that what they say)....great looking nightstands.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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

That is really beautiful.

Sometimes I almost get depressed looking at the pieces folks post here because it shows me how far I still have to go.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-29-2008 04:27 PM

I’m sure your wife will agree that they were worth the wait!
Of course, now that she’s seen what a great job you did, she won’t
be able to wait another 12 years for the next pieces.

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 05:35 PM

Your night stands are wonderful, so when will you post pictures of the rest of the bedroom pieces ? :)
I loved the way you used the cherry, very striking. And I agree with you in regards to the Ash. I had a local sawmill cut me a couple hundred board feet in 5/8 thickness, then i will plane down to 1/2” for drawer sides.
Well I dont know if my wife would be patient enough to wait 12 years, heck she is on my case because its taken me 7 months to do our own kitchen cabinets.

Thanks for posting

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#9 posted 11-01-2008 02:33 AM

Great looking cabinets. You did a beautiful job on these pieces. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 11-03-2008 07:02 AM

very nice!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-06-2008 06:08 AM

Wow, that’s gorgeous.

That chest looks like some family heirloom, or will when the wood darkens with age. I probably would have used antique brass hardware for that reason. But it still looks great.

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#12 posted 06-21-2011 11:53 PM

Beautiful cabinets, I like those dovetails.

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