Mid century style nightstands

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Project by pneufab posted 03-13-2019 12:07 PM 983 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finally finishing my bed frame (6 years after starting) it was time to tackle the nightstands. I took inventory and had a few decent pieces left off oak veneer mdf I had left over from the drawer fronts of my vanity so those dictated the carcase size. I used poplar for the drawer boxes and paperbacked zebra wood veneer over mdf for the drawer face and shelf, to match the inserts on the bed frame.

I finished the oak with India ink, dewaxed shellac and multiple coats of water based poly. The zebra one got one coat of dewaxed shellac, one round of clear pore filler and water based poly.

They are pretty simple and serve their function. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-13-2019 02:01 PM

very cool look love your design.

-- 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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#2 posted 03-13-2019 04:41 PM

Beautiful design! Colours of wood too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 03-13-2019 06:59 PM

I really like what you did incorporating the theme you started with on the bed. I like the contrast of the zebrawood against the dark stained oak. Using the stand-off for power/usb chargers, was an clever idea. Nice work all around!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 03-13-2019 08:26 PM

very nice. I like the design and combination of woods. Nice touch to add the electrical outlets and USB ports.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-14-2019 12:31 AM

I think more people should take advantage of veneer…

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#7 posted 03-14-2019 01:08 AM

I think more people should take advantage of veneer…

- dannmarks

I agree! It’s something I think I’m going to incorporate more of into projects. For the little bit of solid zebra wood I would have used on these projects, it would have cost me about the same as the 4’x8’ sheet of veneer plus I have enough left over to redo my dresser with veneer fronts.

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#8 posted 03-14-2019 05:29 AM

Nice contrast without being overbearing.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 03-18-2019 10:55 PM

Is the frame made out of steel? Who made it? How much was it?

-- James - Semper Fi

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#10 posted 03-19-2019 12:00 AM

Is the frame made out of steel? Who made it? How much was it?

- James

The bed frame is all steel with zebra wood inserts. I made it myself, it was around $300 in materials. The night stands also have a small piece of steel in the shelf support.

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