Shaker style nightstands

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Project by Sgoldsmith90 posted 09-02-2021 07:15 PM 756 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pair of Shaker style nightstands. I was building these for spec, so I decided to have one painted to showcase the different options, one is solid cherry, one is painted with Old Fashioned Milk Paint pitch black. Features tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, hand cut dovetails, and finished all surfaces with smoothing plane. The drawer pulls were turned from 8/4 cherry on the drill press…I have no lathe yet so I used Christian Becksvoort’s method.
Cherry has become more and more of a joy for me to work with as I progress in skills and especially since I have honed my sharpening (no pun intended).
These drawers ended up putting me only over 100 finished dovetails for the year, so I’m a little behind. These are also the first projects I completed after getting my new tablesaw in the shop.

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#1 posted 09-02-2021 10:15 PM

beautiful classic shaker design,a style that never goes out of style.nice work,and a great job on the dovetails.

-- 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 09-02-2021 10:27 PM

Excellent craftsmanship on those…Beautiful…

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

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#3 posted 09-03-2021 12:38 AM

Great dovetails. Both pieces are great.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 09-03-2021 01:12 AM

Great looking tables

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#5 posted 09-03-2021 02:12 AM

Nice work. The painted one looks great, but its hard to beat the cherry.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 09-03-2021 06:55 AM

Classic look, well done. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 09-03-2021 02:16 PM

Nice work, beautiful jointery. How did you finish it.

-- Dave, Boise Id

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#8 posted 09-03-2021 04:40 PM

Thanks everyone! These are really fun to build a great way to try out new techniques for mortise and tenons. I have to build another solid cherry one now so I can have a matching set in the bedroom.

Nice work, beautiful jointery. How did you finish it.

- DaveSchmitt

Dave, finished with a linseed oil and beeswax mixture I cooked up based on info from Chris Schwarz. Really easy to apply, and even did a coat over the milk paint with it. It’s nice to use VOC finishes when I can.

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#9 posted 09-04-2021 04:42 PM

Really terrific looking.

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#10 posted 09-18-2021 10:20 AM

Those half-blind dovetails are perfect! Nice work!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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