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Project by Oldtool posted 07-25-2020 10:18 AM 930 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Received a request for a nightstand from my granddaughter, with openings for baskets plus a drawer, painted. Having secured poplar from the sawmill, using this because it is to be painted, I started production as follows:

Photo 2 – Legs glued up from 4 quarter stock, again due to painting so eight quarter not needed to eliminated a seam.
Photo 3 – Used pocket holes for the first time in my woodworking, simply because I purchased the Kreg mini on impulse while in the big box store, for $17, and wanted to give it a try.
Photo 4 – When assembling the carcass frame, I used the same procedure I use for all glue-ups, that being any manner where I secure components to a square reference, here my workbench with boards clamped square. In prior larger projects I’ve used a sheet of plywood with straight sections of excess wood screwed to the sheet as a kind of mold for the carcass – to ensure square assembly, and leave it clamped there until dry.
Photo 5 – I used oak for drawer runners, much harder than poplar for longevity in life span.
Photo 6 – The drawer assembly. I forgot to photograph the drawer from the rear to show the drawer slips, which were also oak, again for wear protection. The slips were glued to the bottom inside of the sides, and protrude about one eighth of an inch below the sides, to provide oak on oak in operation. Of course these slips also provide drawer bottom support.

That’s it, was a quick build and my Granddaughter completed the project by applying the paint.

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 07-25-2020 10:45 AM

really cute stand – I used to buy kregg 1 1/4” screws by the pound. The kregg is great for mass carcus production

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 07-25-2020 11:21 AM

Very nice Nightstand. I like to work with Popular when appropriate and painted projects are Ideal for that. The job is well done. Your Granddaughter will enjoy the fruits of your labor of love.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 07-25-2020 12:27 PM

Nice stand, and your granddaughter has a piece of furniture that should last her a lifetime!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 07-25-2020 02:06 PM

Lots of nice features to this little piece: tapered legs, dovetailed drawer, solid construction (oak where needed) and a raised panel drawer front. It looks terrific!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 07-25-2020 05:17 PM

Nicely done. Great joinery

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

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#6 posted 07-29-2020 04:17 AM

Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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