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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 03-05-2019 07:10 PM 509 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dad needed a small nightstand for his clock and the control to the heated mattress pad. The chest of drawers next to the bed is too tall to reach the control or see his clock. I made him this little nightstand to fit between the bed and chest of drawers. It is 12” wide by 18” deep by 24” high. I made it in the same style as I had made the little side table for Mom’s crocheting. I think furniture should serve a purpose beyond just collecting “stuff” on top of it so I put in a small drawer with an insert to hold Dad’s hearing aids. Dad is still doing well at 101 years old so I hope he gets many years of use from this piece of furniture.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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#1 posted 03-05-2019 07:23 PM

Very nice! You do great work.

-- Janice

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#2 posted 03-05-2019 07:41 PM

Thanks Janice. So do you do great work!!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 03-05-2019 07:53 PM

very nice job,clean simple design and great looking dovetails.did you cut those by hand or use a jig? i hope your dad gets to enjoy that beautiful table for many years too.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 03-05-2019 07:54 PM

Love it. How did you not get stain on the drawer side? I assume the face was stained first, but then that raises the question of how you smoothed the drawer after assembly without sanding/planing into the finish.

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 03-05-2019 08:34 PM

Larry,

Thanks for your nice comments. Those dovetails were cut with a cheap dovetail jig and router. I wish I were good with hand tools, but I’m totally inept. It would have been nice to learn to use hand tools when I was still young but as slow as I am even with power tools and as many projects as I still have left to accomplish, I hope I can still work like Dad does when I’m 101!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 03-05-2019 08:48 PM



Larry,

Those dovetails were cut with a cheap dovetail jig and router. I wish I were good with hand tools, but I m totally inept. It would have been nice to learn to use hand tools when I was still young but as slow as I am even with power tools and as many projects as I still have left to accomplish, I hope I can still work like Dad does when I m 101!

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


how we get to the finish is not important as how we finish,and you came in first.as far as dad,me too-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 03-05-2019 08:53 PM

BlueRidgeDog,

Thanks for the encouraging words. To answer your question: I dry-assembled the drawer and sanded everything smooth. Then I disassembled it and stained the front.

When the stain was dry, I glued it together and varnished the entire drawer three coats.

It’s not as smooth as it would have been if glued and sanded first, but photos can hide a lot of imperfections.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 03-06-2019 01:57 AM

Nice work.. great looking night stand

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 03-06-2019 03:23 AM

Thanks Jim.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 03-06-2019 03:50 AM

Great looking project. The added drawer is a definite bonus and the dovetails look really nice. Neat to build projects to meet a need (much better than shopping to try to find something that is “close” but not really a fit).

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#11 posted 03-06-2019 05:35 AM

BB1, I appreciate your kind words. I’m a very practical person so I’m much more about needs than wants. It feels good to be able to meet those needs when I can.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 03-06-2019 01:02 PM

Very nice work for your 101 year old dad, that’s amazing and wonderful! I’m sure he treasures your work!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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lightweightladylefty

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#13 posted 03-06-2019 04:42 PM

Thanks Kim. And my Dad’s a pretty amazing man!!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 03-07-2019 03:24 AM

elegance in simplicity.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#15 posted 03-07-2019 03:08 PM

Ditto to all the above, a wonderful gift for who I’m sure is a wonderful man.

I also really like those dovetails and the tapered legs.

Just a question (NOT a criticism) as I’m very new to this process and still trying to learn—it looks like you used pocket holes to attach the legs to the panels. Are you concerned about restricting the wood movement across the grain in the panels, or are they too small to really be affected?

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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