Night Stands

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Project by CreekWoodworker posted 05-16-2009 05:32 AM 2626 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real woodworking project after putting together my woodshop. I built night stands for my son’s room. Red Oak, tenon and mortise construction. The drawers are hand cut dovetail, not the best joints but functional, I’m showing the best one LOL. I learned a lot and found things I would do differently next time, but really enjoyed building them. My wife is now asking me for a table to put in front of the living room window. She thinks my work is living room worthy, I consider that high praise.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 05:33 AM

Another nice project nice tables


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#2 posted 05-16-2009 06:07 AM

They look great Mike.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 07:25 AM

Sometimes we are our own worst critic. We see every little, infinitesimal flaw, and think of all the things we did wrong. Other people look at it and see how beautiful it is. They marvel at our skill and perseverance.

Those night stands look great. Your son will love them, especially since his dad made them.

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 09:26 AM

I think your wife is right. Fantastic job.


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#5 posted 05-16-2009 02:11 PM

I gotta tell you… that looks like the work of someone who has been building furniture for years.

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 02:23 PM

I spend the last few months building my man cave, practicing techniques with scrape wood, watched a lot of podcasts, read some books, and bought some tools before diving in. There were times I thought I took on too much. The tables took me about eight weeks to complete, basically working weekends and evenings when I had the time. Charlie, I think the key for me was patience, just as your signature says.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 02:37 PM

I like very much your first picture, your work is something to be proud!
Mistakes will always be there…. The day we no longer make them, we’ll be in heaven!

-- "Menos es mas" Ludwing Mies Van Der Rohe

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 05:28 PM

Nice nightstands.

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#9 posted 05-17-2009 12:34 AM

I like the taper on the legs and the grain on the fronts. Nice!

-- Jim,

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 12:58 AM

great project

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 04:32 AM

well done they look great.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#12 posted 07-03-2009 07:28 AM

Mike: They are awsome night stands, if i did not have night stands already i would make two of them myself. Keep up the good work, and post more pictures.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 07-18-2009 12:51 AM

Wow Mike, are you sure this is your first project? Looks much better than my first! The red mahogany on the red oak gives a nice deep-rich look, least it did for me. Great job!

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#14 posted 08-29-2009 09:02 PM

They look great Mike! This is Craig in Springfield, Ohio your woodworking neighbor! I’m happy to have you following along on my blog! I’m just getting started here on LJ, I need to get my profile pic posted and list some projects etc. Lets keep in touch!

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#15 posted 09-13-2009 12:07 PM

Well done job: congratulations for your first project in your new woodshop.
A constructive critic: I think that the use of metal drawers’ slides together with dovetailed drawers isn’t the best option. It is obvious that your skills are more than enough to build wooden guides, so it must be a designing decision. I think that slides made in hard wood (it is not appropriate to use same wood as in the drawers’ sides) are good enough for small drawers and strenghtened the ¿craftmanship? in the whole. Just an opinion. Nice job.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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