Mid-Century Modern Nighty McNight Stands

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Project by allsgood posted 09-07-2021 10:23 PM 786 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mid-century modern shmodern is what I always say. My secretary wants furniture with a mix of wood and glossy smooth white finishes. Because that’s what you see these days on the pinterest and houzz apps. And she is in noooo way influenced by those. So here are the first pieces for our bedroom. Bedframe and dressers in the plans to match.

I made these night stands to double as small (tiny, dam near insufficient) dressers, with deeper and taller drawers.

Walnut legs/drawer faces, and baltic birch 3/4” box, iron on edge banding, 1/2” bb drawers. Blum slides. A laptop drawer in one and each has a hidden stash drawer that I can’t show you, because you know, it’s a secret.

First time making finger joints with my new dado blades. I messed up and cut the drawer bottom groove in the wrong spot so its visible from the side, on half the drawers. Learnin and livin’, ammiright?

Chamfered 45’ edge on top of the apron to create a seperetion between the painted box and the walnut wood. I used a palm router. Also chamfered the outer leg edges, because Its cool
to do that I hear. The tiny corners I had to hand sand flat, as the router tended to round it a bit after doing the other 3 edges. Each leg has a 15` degree angle on both inside surfaces. Or was it 10?

Finishing: I used danish oil on the walnut. Love that stuff. Painted with an hvlp spray gun for the boxes. latex paint. I thinned it with water at 30% for the first three coats, and it worked well, but dang it was thin and I wanted to finish it this century. So I did a couple coats with 25% then 20%, and it still sprayed very well at 20%. Eight coats later and my garage floor had a nice shiny new white surface, and I lightly sanded the box a few times between coats. This was my first time using an hvlp sprayer. I dig it. Everything gets sprayed from here on.

Then I sprayed polyurethane semi-gloss over the paint. Latex paint tends to stay soft and can scratch since it’s a table top. I used Varathane Ultimate Poly. I called the company and asked if I can spray it with an hvlp, they said nope not recomended to be sprayed at all. Did I care? Nope. It worked well. The poly drys like a rock and can take abuse. There are a couple streaks that have the apearance of overspray, but only when you catch it in the light. I’m still mastering my trade cut me some slack.

Gold metal drawer pulls, because that’s what the secretary wanted. I wanted walnut hand made linear, top mounted, cut into the drawers, slim pulls, but that doesn’t matter does it.

The thing that bothers me is how the apron and legs, having the wood grain at different angles, appear lighter or darker than each other depending on the angle of the light. I imagine that is common with. Unless I can cut all my pieces from a huge slab, this is how its gonna be right.

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#1 posted 09-07-2021 10:34 PM

real nice.i dont mind a combination of painted and unpainted together,i like the say you nailed the style and if it makes her happy thats all that counts.

-- 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 09-08-2021 09:28 AM

Very nice build and even more interesting with the combos

-- 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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#3 posted 09-08-2021 11:47 AM

Really nice looking project.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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