A beginner's third and a half project.

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The wife wanted a small side table to put beside the bed that matched the vanity/writing desk I made her a while ago. I don’t consider this another project because it’s built the same as the vanity except smaller and with an added front stretcher. It measures 13-3/8×17 x 27. A wrapped plywood top, a ripped 2×4 for legs and stretchers, and a 1×4 drawer with scrap 1×5 drawer face. Pocket screws, glue, and brads for assembly. 1/4 round over on legs and top. Pure white enamel paint. I rather like the look of the short tapers under the stretchers. It’s a simple item, but I like it.

Thanks for looking.

-- My mom says I'm handsome.

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#1 posted 11-12-2016 04:02 AM

Nice job. Be cool to see the matching dresser.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 10:18 AM

Classic stays classic,brilliant simple design and white colour fits it real good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 11:42 AM

Ivan’s got it right on the nose. Very simple, very elegant, very nice. Would not have guessed any 2×4s were sacrificed in the process.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 11-12-2016 02:34 PM

I like it. How did you lie working with the enamel paint? How did you apply it? I’m working on a shelf right now and using Alkyd paint – results for me are just ok.

-- "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets" - Ron Swanson

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#5 posted 11-12-2016 04:02 PM

You really did a nice job on this night stand and I’m sure that your wife loves it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 11-12-2016 08:18 PM

Classic stays classic,brilliant simple design and white colour fits it real good.

- majuvla

Ivan nailed it … Classic stays classic! Good job Morath ... keep it up!

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#7 posted 11-12-2016 11:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I hope to get as good as the rest of you guys. I’ve gleaned a lot of information from this site. I am hoping to make a matching chest of drawers for myself as time permits.

As for the enamel paint, it’s been going well. I sand the wood to 180 and then apply the paint with a 6 inch foam roller that claims that it’s for smooth surfaces. The hard to reach areas are done with a natural bristle brush. I sand the first coat of paint very lightly with 300 grit after it’s dry and then add a second coat. The top gets a third coat in hopes of increased durability. I get a very smooth finish that will supposedly harden over the next few weeks.

-- My mom says I'm handsome.

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#8 posted 11-13-2016 12:34 AM

great little table and i like the tapered legs as well

-- Greg Simon

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