Nightstand Set

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Project by EarlS posted 12-30-2018 02:48 PM 1153 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked for a set of night stands for Christmas to go with the bed I made her.

Technical details:

20” square top, 24” tall, 4-1/2” x 13” dovetail drawer, 13” x 14” shelf

Nightstand wood is cherry, stained with dark walnut. The drawer is maple, also stained with dark walnut.

Everything is finished with a coat of sealer and 2 coats of sprayed polyurethane, sanded to 600 grit between coats, and rubbed down with 2500 grit scotch brite (like 0000 steel wool) before waxing and buffing.


SketchUp is a pretty decent way to make a 3D model and create the necessary dimensional drawings for a project like this.

All of the joints were mortise and tenons so the Leigh Mortise and Tenon jig saw plenty of use.

After all of the M&T work was finished, the sides were glued up:

Then the rest of the case was glued up:

Some 2” spacers made quick work of setting the top on the frame:

The drawer is little more than a basic half blind dovetail box that slides along the rails on the inside of the side aprons. After a bit of messing about, the Leigh Dovetail jig was set up to make single pass half blind dovetails (sorry forgot to take pictures).

Staining and finishing take some space and time:

It was ready for her on Christmas morning.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-30-2018 04:03 PM

Nice work Earl (and impressively clean garage/shop 8^)!

That looks like some nicely figured cherry and kudos for drawing up the plans to get a preview of the final project.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 12-30-2018 04:32 PM

Well done, Earl. I do think you need a few more clamps, though. I could see wood on your glue-up. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-30-2018 06:42 PM

Very nice work, I am sure she was well pleased with the finish product. Job well done!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-30-2018 09:14 PM

Splinter – even though I drew it up on SketchUp and had her look at the model she told me she wanted sides on the shelf after I finished building it. Oh well?!

Dave – my mantra is “You can never have too many clamps”. If a few are good, more are better, much better.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 12-30-2018 10:41 PM

Nice job, Earl—just don’t show her any of those mallets you made for the tool swap!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#6 posted 12-31-2018 03:26 PM

Nice. I love the style!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 01-01-2019 04:38 AM

your a good dad earl,nice work that im sure she appreciates very much.happy new year buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 01-01-2019 04:56 PM

very nice – need to make a set for myself – thanks for posting all the photos as well!

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 01-02-2019 01:35 PM

Beautifully done Earl!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#10 posted 01-02-2019 02:45 PM

Excellent work. Great minds think alike on design. Lol. I like the mortise and tenon construction.
I use sketchup on almost all of my projects too.

-- What I make is for others....How I make it is for me.

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#11 posted 01-02-2019 08:59 PM

Earl please explain to this big dummy the reason for the bottom shelves being cut like that Thanks :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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