Bedside Table

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Project by DonB posted 03-31-2015 10:28 AM 1349 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 88 y/o neighbor asked for a bedside table and provided rough measurements to meet the space next to her bed. Online I looked at some examples and printed them out for her to select. Had to cut down the table she selected as the one she picked was twice the size as this finished product. The build was straight forward. Used 3/4 pine with very few knots, 1/2 project pine for drawer fronts, 1/2 plywood for drawers. The shelf ends were cut on a 45 degree angle to fit into the 45 degree cut in the legs. A jig for cutting splines was used to cut the 45 degree cut in the legs on the table saw. The shelf was secured using a pocket hole drilled on the bottom of each corner into the leg. Legs were cut from a 2×4, cut to size and using a router table, made the mortise joints in the top of each leg. Ogee trimmed the top, shelf and drawer fronts so they would all match. In spite of my efforts, she wanted off white paint. So off white it was. Fairly simple build, although using the spline jig for the legs was a first. She was happy, so thats all that counts. In retrospect, I would redesign the draws and draw fronts to make them more wide and less tall. End pieces on the fascia should have been less wide/tall.

-- DonB

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 11:02 AM

Simple, clean lines, Don. Nice. What paint and overcoats (if any) were used on this? Was the paint brushed on or sprayed? I’m surprised your neighbor wanted a much larger table. Must have a spacious bedroom. :)

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 08:22 PM

Paul – the opposite. The picture was of a bigger table that she liked. I had to downsize everything. However the bedroom is rather large. Paint was eggshell, off-white regular latex enamel, thinned. I sprayed it with an Earlex 2901 using a fine spray.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 10:02 PM

Nicely Done

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#4 posted 04-01-2015 01:08 AM

Very nice job. Do not be surprised when other neighbors want you to do jobs for them.

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 02:53 AM

Nice looking table. It’s always a pleasure to make a fine piece like that for our senior citizens.
We’ve got a very long long time employee. more like a family member to us, that turned 88 today. Just got to love those senior citizens. They have a lot of interesting stories to tell and she’ll tell how you built that table for her with a smile on her face.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 12:22 PM

I really like it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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