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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 05-01-2015 02:39 AM 1713 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two of these nightstands out of reclaimed white oak from the 1930’s. They were originally pews in a church nearby that was doing some remodeling and wanted to get rid of a few rows of pews to make a little more room for folks to spread out and not be so cramped (the 3rd picture is one of the church pews before I got a few). I have made a number of projects from this wood. I truly enjoy reusing wood that originally had another life.

Unfortunately, my sister-in-law who I made these for, wanted them to be painted black! I refused…but, I told her I would consider staining them black—the things you do for family, huh! The final product had an intermediary shelf ten inches from the bottom as well. I would include pictures of the stained tables, but I can’t bring myself to show them to anyone, much less the entire internet! Forgive me, oak trees, for she knows not what she did!

Also, my daughters couldn’t help but photo-bomb my attempt at photography. At least they were natural at this point. Why did I bother to even align the grain of the wood! I was going to make them out of 2×4’s but I couldn’t bring myself to use that when I had plenty of oak available. Thanks for looking.

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Lane O Teague

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 06:37 AM

Very nice, I might try something similar for some night stands in my little girls room. I just nee to buy or build a taper jig,and cant decide which would be easier,being fairly new to the actually building furniture from the ground up.

-- My grandfather always said. ''If you're going to do something no matter what it be make sure you do it good'' Orland Dee Teague Sr.

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 12:07 PM

I share your pain, I have refused a few jobs because I could not bring myself to paint them. I usually cut my tapers on a band saw and clean up the milling marks with a hand plan or jointer, how did you cut yours? Thanks

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 12:45 PM

This table turned out nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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J. Curtis Goforth

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 02:04 PM

TechTeacher04, I do mine the same way. I marked them with my largest French curve, rough cut them on the bandsaw, and then cleaned them up with the sander and a card scraper.

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 06:42 PM

@Lane I made this tapering jig to make my night stand legs. Works great and it’s simple.

-- I've learned 10 times more from my mistakes than from my successes.

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 11:25 PM

The legs are very elegant. I love that style.
If you paint them black you might not wake up in another life. :))

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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