Night Stands....Bedroom Set Pieces #2 and 3

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Project by bbasiaga posted 12-21-2016 02:56 AM 886 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks….the second set of my bedroom furniture is finally done! Two night stands for next to the bed.

The construction is all solid maple, with the exception of the drawers where I used maple plywood. Joinery is mortise and tenon. The sides are about 9” wide, and are made from a single solid board on both tables. You can see in the third picture the tenon arrangement I used. Only the top was glued. The bottom was pinned with an oak dowel. The dowels are hidden on the inside of the piece so the legs look clean, with the exception of the rear panel. The dowels are visible there, but they are up against the wall so unnoticeable.

The drawers are screwed and glued together. I covered the screw holes with cherry plugs. This was my first use of the plug cutter set i bought on a whim. It works great, so long as you don’t cut too deep and get the plug stuck in it.

Finish is two coats of seal coat shellac, and 3 coats of GF High Performance water based topcoat. This time, I did not pre-raise the grain. The two coats of shellac did fine to seal the wood. No grain raising occurred with the water based finish. I also cut down from 3 coats of shellac to two this time, with no apparent detriment to the color of the finished piece.

I also used the Blum undermount drawer slides this time. They require a very specific drawer construction, but it worked out ok in the end. They are a little funny, but the motion is super smooth.

As you can tell from the stuff in my projects, I like simple lines and these are no exception. I think they look good, and the wife is happy.

Thanks for looking!

List of firsts on this project:
-Double tenon, pinned with haunch
-Edge banding the plywood drawers
-Blum drawer slides
-Planing instead of sanding the surface for finish prep


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Dave G

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 10:45 AM

I like the clean looks. Well done.

You’re on to something with the no sanding approach. Consider trying a cabinet scraper next.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 12:58 PM

This is a very nice night stand and you have done a fine job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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