Walnut Nightstand II

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Project by HappyHowie posted 06-24-2016 02:17 AM 1557 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year my daughter Jenny asked if I could make her a modern mid-century nightstand that she had seen on the internet. After I looked at it on a website I said “Yes”. Then I began trying to figure out how to do that along with trying to figure out the dimensions for the case and the legs, etc. Actually, after nearly having it built, I could not figure out how to keep its legs flared out. A nice and active member here on Lumberjocks heard my plea for help. He suggested that I make and insert a wedge between the top of the legs and the corner blocks I had made. That technique worked.

My Jenny liked the nightstand I had made for her last year and she immediately asked for another.

When I began the project to build this second nightstand I discovered that the price for walnut has gone up, tremendously. I was told that a bug and or fungus has quarantined the sale and transport of walnut from states back east. I finally got around to making a second walnut nightstand this year. I delivered the new one to her last Saturday.

This time in making the flared out legs I purposely made the wedge part and glued it to the corner bracket lumber prior to cutting the corner brackets. I still got confused while cutting the 45 degree edges so I was glad that I started with a long walnut board. Eventually, I got four good wedged corner blocks. These legs are solidly firm.

One thing I was forced to change was the undermount drawer slides. My local Woodcraft store did not have in stock the Blum brand I had used in the first nightstand. Changing brands of the slides has caused me to have some regrets. I had to buy their Salice drawer slides instead of the Blum brand. I could have bought the Blum online , but the way it was sold online was confusing to me as to what came with the slide and what did not. I really needed a salesman’s help. Like I said I have some regrets…

I am still having some issues with the plastic clip of the Salice undermount slide. The clip is not firmly holding onto the metal slide. I need to figure out a solution that will keep it from becoming loose in the plastic grip. Other than that, this nightstand has turned out well.

One other change was made to this nightstand from the first. I had made a ship-lap back on the first one. I was going to proceed in the same manner when I noticed the great book-end 1/4 inch thick boards I got after resawing the 4/4 walnut. I wanted to use and display the book-end grain. I made sure I drilled holes for the screws so that the wood had room to expand and contract. I even went far enough to use the cardboard from an old cereal box to make a frame so I could select the grain I wanted to show on the nightstand’s back. The frame was crude but it worked.

I like it.

What really counts is that my Jenny loves it, but not as much as I love her. She is a wonderful girl, daughter and mother to two special grandsons… It was a pleasure for me to make this second nightstand for her.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 06-24-2016 06:22 PM

Nice Howie. The color and leg orientation are classics, well done. I’m sure she is smitten.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 06-25-2016 12:14 AM

Another beautiful nightstand! Sorry to hear about the drawer slides issues, but it seems like it turned out OK. The main thing is that Jenny loves this one, and the first one, so don’t worry about inconsequential things like slides.

Stephen Covey wrote that “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” And the main thing here is that Jenny is happy!

Looking forward to your next projects!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 06-25-2016 06:12 AM

Beautiful simple design – looks even better made of walnut. Shape reminds me on my last shoe cabinet project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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