My First Nightstand

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Project by LeoZ posted 02-05-2009 04:10 AM 1881 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my original intent was to have a somewhat modern piece, and bought sapele for that, but was nervous to use it on this first project. so, this was sort of a test run, but with the time spent (20hrs maybe?) there is no point in throwing it away.

wood is poplar, stained with 2 coats of minwax provincial, then 3 coats of wipe on poly, then maynards wax.

the stain didnt take well at all, it really brought out a lot of the woods imperfections, and for some reason, didnt absorb in the glued areas, despite that i sanded them clean.

most of the work was done with only wood fasteners – glue and dowels. i used pocket screws for the bottom shelf strips but inset and glued the corners of the frame to the legs; used metal brackets to attach the top to the cabinet. the top is joined from 2 pieces of lumber with pocket screws. the drawer is on wood slides.

the cedar is inset into the same dado as the drawer bottom.

i know i would do things differently, in hopes to make it look more ‘modern’, but not sure how to do that just yet. in the meantime, i seem to have a knack for making things look old!

-- just another woodworking newb

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 04:54 AM

hey man, I like it… My first piece of “furniture” was a table like that , but w/out the drawer, and it was made of poplar also. Cheap wood to experiment on. I like the slatted shelf on the bottom by the way… keep it up.

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 05:09 AM

Nice table, don’t be so hard on yourself. As for the stain not taking in the glued areas, It may have impregnated into the wood. You could try using masking tape around the glue joints to catch any squeeze out next time. I put the tape on during a dry run to make sure its good and tight to the joints, pull it apart then do the glue up.
Buy the way very nice cutting boards!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 03:38 PM

It looks like you learned a lot from this piece. I’m looking forward to seeing your future projects.

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

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 01:27 PM

looks nice

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 01:18 PM

I think I would prefer the older look and style to the piece than another version that is more “modern”. Dont change a thing!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 02:31 AM

Cedar drawer.. Awesome.
I love the slats on the bottom.

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