Cherry Night Stands

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Project by Thinkerf posted 10-15-2015 08:16 PM 1905 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I didn’t get as much time in the shop this year as I wanted to but I did get a few projects done. One of them was a set of night tables for the spare bedroom. Got the idea from Woodsmith # 76. I liked the look of them in the plans and I wanted to make them out of cherry. I changed the plans a bit…made them 2 inches higher to fit the new bed styles and I only put one drawer in instead of three. Made the top drawer bigger and left an open space at the bottom to store larger stuff that company sometimes comes with – shaving kits, make-up bags etc. Got the cherry locally from a cabinet maker who was getting out of the business. Hardware comes from Lee Valley. The finish is 3 coats of Minwax clear satin Wipe-on Poly (light sanding between coats of course), and then rubbed with 0000 steel wool and Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, polished to a sheen with an old bath towel.
I am really pleased with the finished look of the tables – cherry is such a soft warm looking wood, especially for the bedroom.

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 08:38 PM

Very nice work. Beautiful pieces.

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 09:08 PM

Nice work Thinkerf, you have inspired me to make a set for my Daughter it will make a great Christmas gift. I think I will make mine out of Ash though.

-- If you are not willing to learn, No one can help you. If you are determined to learn, No one can stop you.

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#3 posted 10-15-2015 09:31 PM

These really look nice. You’ve done a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 11:05 PM

Very nicely done, I too love the look of cherry in the bedroom.

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#5 posted 10-15-2015 11:46 PM

There is never enough shop time. The stands look nice…..a warm glow from new cherry, only to get better with age.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 10-16-2015 01:20 AM

Those are very nice looking. You so right about cherry. It’s one of my favorite woods to work with.

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#7 posted 10-16-2015 01:43 AM

Very nice looking tables. Your guests will be spoiled.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#8 posted 10-16-2015 02:03 AM

They look really nice. The cherry is beautiful. My wife wants me to make a bedroom suit one of these days. We have been talking about walnut but I really like the cherry. Great work

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#9 posted 10-16-2015 05:34 AM

Very attractive night stands. Very nicely done.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 10-17-2015 03:15 AM

Nicely done, Cherry works so nice and looks great too!

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#11 posted 10-17-2015 03:04 PM

Well done some great tables you have mad. Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 10-17-2015 07:06 PM

They are so adorable. Finger joints on drawers are my favourite detail, beside pulls.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-18-2015 02:52 PM

Nice set of night stands.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#14 posted 10-18-2015 09:54 PM

Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. Definitely very rewarding.

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#15 posted 03-02-2016 08:00 PM

These came out great. I really like the drawer details and the hardware you chose.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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