Nightstand / Bookshelf

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Project by Oldtool posted 06-18-2021 02:17 PM 816 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a collaboration between my grandson & me, to provide him with the nightstand he wanted, being mostly for hardbound books. We discussed the available opening height at 23”, that a drawer would take up about 5”, and he decided that he preferred two 11” shelves, allowing his books to store in library fashion.

The wood is the remaining cherry from my last project, a small occasional table, and was going to be for another similar table, but this request came in upon his recent college graduation & for use in his first apartment. I knew the volume of wood needed would be close to what I had on hand, but figured another trip to the sawmill would be easy if needed.

Turns out that after selecting the available wood for all show parts: top, floating shelf, bottom shelf, legs, and stiles & rails, I has but one remaining board that would allow me to cross cut in the middle and edge joint for one side panel.

I decided to try my hand at re-sawing this lone board to allow the making of two side panels. Since the cherry was finished at 15/16”, I proceeded by using my home made kerfing saw to establish a half inch deep kerf on all 4 sides, then set up the bandsaw with a re-saw guide, which managed to provide sufficient material for both side panels.

Finish is BLO and furniture paste wax, allowing the beauty of the cherry wood to show.

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 06-18-2021 02:28 PM

Cleanly done. I like the molding up top. Did you fabricate that as well?

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#2 posted 06-18-2021 02:31 PM

That is pretty.You Grandson will love and cherish this build for years to come, job well done,

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 06-18-2021 02:47 PM

BlueRidgeDog; “Cleanly done. I like the molding up top. Did you fabricate that as well?”, yes, molding plane made. I use as many hand tools as possible on projects, except for the resawing.

-- "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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#4 posted 06-18-2021 02:53 PM

Very nice, haven’t worked with Cherry very much, think I need too!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 06-18-2021 03:12 PM

Well done, Tom! It’s beautiful now, and will only become more so over time as the cherry just gets richer looking with time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 06-18-2021 04:23 PM

It came out beautifully Tom and you made resourceful use of all available stock! I am certain your grandson is delighted with it.

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

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#7 posted 06-19-2021 01:51 AM

Beautiful work, and it will be cherished because you both worked on it. NICE!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 06-19-2021 10:42 AM

Very, very nice – the book matched sides are a real stand

-- 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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#9 posted 06-19-2021 01:32 PM

Very beautiful! And the memories are even more priceless!

-- Be safe out there

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#10 posted 06-19-2021 02:39 PM

Love that cherry! Well executed.

-- Jim, SE PA

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#11 posted 06-19-2021 04:18 PM

Great looking project, love the story, well done you guys . . .

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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