Mesquite Nightstand

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Project by TucsonTim posted 03-25-2020 01:04 PM 1434 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ’s. I hope everyone is doing OK out there…

I’ve got a woodworking dilemma. I love all versions of Arts and Crafts Furniture. However, my wife perfers a rustic look, but with lots of detail. In an effort to reach a compromise between our two sensibilities, we decided to combine Mesquite lumber with Greene and Greene accents. It seems to be an unlikely duo, but it gives my wife the rustic detail she likes and allows me to indulge my growing passion for G&G creations.

The starting point for this nightstand was the Tichenor chest of drawers. We felt it was a solid, early G&G design that would look nice in our Southwestern home. To that, we added breadboard ends, leg indents, splines and square plugs. The construction is mortise and loose tenon. The sides are solid wood bookmatched panels. It has a ship-lapped back. The drawer is Maple with Mesquite trim on the top edge. The splines and plugs are Black Walnut. The finish is very simple. Danish Oil (natural) and sprayed Shellac (blond).

We like the way it turned out and I suspect that this project will morph into a whole bedroom set. Ooof…I better get back to work. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks LJ’s. Stay safe…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#1 posted 03-25-2020 01:10 PM

Nice work on it Tim. The book match looks great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-25-2020 01:32 PM

Nice design. I like the book matched sides. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 03-25-2020 02:49 PM

A beautiful piece of work. You achieved both of your goals superbly.
Hope to be moving to your area soon, from Snowflake. Mesquite is my favorite. If you dont already know, there’s a fella off the 10 at Mcartney road, just north of the CG exits, that has the best prices around for mesquite. He calls his business Deadwood Salvage. If we hadn’t already packed the desk contents, I could get you his number and address.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 03-25-2020 02:55 PM

Gustaf and the boys may be rolling in their graves, but I really like that Mesquite. The side panels with that cracked grain are awesome. Nice essential G$G accent work and embellishments, with dead on execution.

Of course take all this with a grain of salt. I’m making a G$G desk for my Wife, and it’s 100% Cherry. Plus I’m a sucker for Mesquite.

Nice work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 03-25-2020 03:32 PM

I have no empathy for the problems of those who talk about needing to build a bedroom set and yet never mention “and now I’ll have to find 100bf. more mesquite” 8^)

Beautiful wood that mesquite is, we only have the small stuff here in NM, seems they don’t like the altitude and mail order is $$$. I’m glad you left the cracks, it’s all part of the character, nice adaptation between the SW and A&C styles!

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#6 posted 03-25-2020 04:09 PM

ditto to all comments im a g&g design fan myself and love the beauty of did a great job on this piece,gonna make a beautiful bedroom set.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-25-2020 04:10 PM

Very nice design. It looks really good.

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#8 posted 03-25-2020 04:11 PM

I really like that. ... especialy the bookmatch.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#9 posted 03-25-2020 09:33 PM

Beautiful! Hard to work, but worth it.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 03-26-2020 12:53 AM

Beautiful job. I love the mesquite book match as well as the GandG accents. Very nice overall. Congrats!

-- AJ

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#11 posted 03-26-2020 01:43 PM

I want to thank everyone who took the time to view and comment on my project. You all do very nice work and I envy your individual wookworking skills. Thanks again LJ’s…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#12 posted 03-26-2020 02:38 PM

Looks great, I think it works well

-- Ty

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#13 posted 03-28-2020 05:22 PM

love it -great approach and execution to your design problem

-- Greg Simon

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