Quartersawn white oak nightstand ala mission style

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Project by Julian posted 06-01-2009 10:05 PM 12286 views 22 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest piece for my own bedroom set that is my interpretation of the classic mission style. It’s a 26” tall, 17” wide, and 14” deep nightstand that is built out of quartersawn white oak. The secondary wood is maple for the drawers, and ebony for the square plugs, and handle. This is the last piece I have built using a router and jig for the dovetails. I now use a backsaw, and chisels to cut dovetails, and am kicking myself for not using them on this piece. The ebony handle is fashioned after a mission style one that I saw that was made out of copper. The nightstand is built using through mortise and tennon, as well as stopped mortise and tennons. For the finish I used BLO, then a few coats of shellac, followed by beeswax and elbowgrease.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 10:20 PM

I just love the thru tenons you used, and the square pegs, dovetails are tight too.,

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 10:28 PM

Great interpretation. As Larry said, the through tenons are really eye-catching.

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

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 12:02 AM

Very nice job Julian. I love the mission style. Is this your own design, or did you have a plan.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 12:14 AM

Very nice design and craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 12:32 AM

Stunning! I really like that style of furniture.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 01:36 AM

Wayne, yes it is my own take on the mission style. I just looked online at pictures of other pieces, and drew up a rough sketch of what I wanted, then took measurements for the space that it would fit into and went to there.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 01:55 AM

Super nightstand great job love those through tenons and white oak


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#8 posted 06-02-2009 02:02 AM

Nice nightstand.

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 02:15 AM

Great design Julian. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 02:46 AM

I love the through tennons and ebony plugs, nice work. Overall nice design and finish.

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

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#11 posted 06-02-2009 02:49 AM

Absolutely lovely! Maybe you can post a pic of the entire group together?

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#12 posted 06-02-2009 04:24 AM

I’m not much of a fan of oak, EXCEPT, EXCEPT, EXCEPT when it’s quartersawn. The grain is absolutely wonderful. The drawer work & the tenons are great for the look of a real distinctive piece. Great job. -SST

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#13 posted 06-02-2009 04:51 PM

It looks great, I love mission style furniture.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#14 posted 06-02-2009 04:58 PM

Great design. I like the back set of the aprons, it gives the table more dimension.

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#15 posted 06-02-2009 05:05 PM

Thanks guys. I’m kicking myself for not doing the dovetails by hand, but I was in the process of learning to do them at the time I built this. I might just build a new drawer with handcut halfblind dovetails because it’s bugging me. Call me crazy, but this wouldn’t be the first time I have done something like this. I recently made a new top for my coffee table because the original was flatsawn white oak, and not quartersawn. The same goes for my wifes dresser. I just feel that the parts you are going to see all the time should be the best cuts of the wood that you are using.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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