Arts and crafts Style Night Stands/End Tables

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Project by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-03-2019 02:03 PM 2424 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fun project over the Christmas break. Since this crowd is woodworking smart, I will only hit the high points.

The core wood is quarter sawn white oak with ash for drawer sides and back and poplar ply for drawer bottoms. They are sized for a platform bed, so a bit lower than standard. These were designed from scratch based on the classic Arts and Crafts night stand/end table look.

The sides are standard panel construction, with a small tweak for the formation of a foot at the bottom of the stiles and an arch in the top rail. The back of the panel received dados for the drawer supports and the lower shelf.

A great deal of attention was paid to the reveals for the drawer supports and drawers themselves, each being stepped back 1/8” to give a crisp shadow line.

Drawer supports are mortise and tenon structures and are the only real left/right strength element in the carcass.

The drawers are through dovetails on the back and half blind in the front, all cut at 11 degrees. The drawers are piston fit to the openings, so the drawer supports become the slides. Since the top is held on by figure 8 washers, the washers are relieved into the top vs the standard relief into the carcass (so there is no obstruction to the drawer). This would not be the case if it had a top rail, but traditional Arts and Crafts furniture omits it and I like the look as well.

The finish is one light coat of Minwax Pecan stain and four coats of Osmo hard wax oil, with #0000 steel wool used with wool lube after coat three. The top is finished top and bottom to aid in stability and since it is quarter sawn, it will likely be stable.

Things I would change: Some of the ash was wormy and I did not find this out until I was milling it up. I went ahead and used it as these were for me to use and I did not mind. Because of the worm tracks, I left the sides and back of the drawer about 1/8” wider than I would have liked for aesthetics. The dado in the side panel for construction worked, but I think in the future I will use square tenons on the ends of the drawer supports as getting a perfect fit line with the dado method is a challenge. I did not finish the inside of the drawers as I had an event at the house and wanted to get them done and installed, so I may go back and put on two coats of shellac as a sealer. The decorative curved rail in the front has plenty of long grain to long grain for the glueup, but should have been installed via a tenon. I goofed and cut them wrong but it works. Finally, I have about three areas of classic quarter sawn white oak tear out that I missed in my insane application of a card scraper, so I may rework these areas.

If you want more details, the steps are covered here.

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#1 posted 01-03-2019 02:37 PM

Exquisite work!!

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 02:39 PM

Very nice.
Great descriptive write-up.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-03-2019 02:52 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!!!

Those are some good looking night stands. The double drawers are something I haven’t seen much. Nice concise write up.

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

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#4 posted 01-03-2019 03:01 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!!!

Thanks. I am working on a much larger project and struggling with good drawer support/dust frame attachment to legs/side panels. I have been researching options over and over and frequently turn up links back to work here, so I thought I would pay some back and post some items in case folks were looking to make things.

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#5 posted 01-03-2019 03:03 PM

Nice project. Excellent dovetails. I’d never dream of stacking that many at a time. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 03:09 PM

I’d never dream of stacking that many at a time.

Well, it is a rare chance to use the shallow dog hole over the vise for a change. That one is always the “cursed” child, so it is nice to give it some love. Cutting tails is really free form, if you cut them first, so you can go to town. Pins were cut one-off to fit. Half turned out great, a quarter turned out acceptable and the rest were at least a good learning experience.

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#7 posted 01-03-2019 03:40 PM

beautiful work!

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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#8 posted 01-03-2019 09:37 PM


-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#9 posted 01-04-2019 12:59 AM

Classic Arts and Crafts…very well done!

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#10 posted 01-04-2019 01:35 AM

Very nice!!

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#11 posted 01-04-2019 02:54 AM

I like the look. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 01-04-2019 01:50 PM

Very Nice and welcome to LJ’s!

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 01-05-2019 10:44 AM

Absolutely lovely’those side tables. Great work.
Or as you called it , great FUN
Nice one
Regards Anthony’s

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#14 posted 01-28-2019 12:32 AM

You did a great job! Love the qswo and the half blind dovetails.

-- James E McIntyre

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