Walnut dovetailed nightstand

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Project by YouthfullMind posted 12-07-2021 08:48 PM 553 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a pair of nightstands to complement my last project which was a new bed. The wood was off of the same tree and I used the matching boards to create book-matched nightstands. This was my first time with mitered dovetails and I was happy with the result. These were my best dovetails to date and am quite pleased with the end result. The wife also approved.

Wood: black walnut from MN Carcase: 30 deg bevel on the leading edges Carcase joinery: Hand-cut mitered through dovetails Shelf joinery: Router cut sliding dovetail Finish: 4 coats of General finishes arm-r-seal satin.

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#1 posted 12-07-2021 08:56 PM

Very nice! Did you glue the entire sliding dovetail on the shelf or just the front inch or two?

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#2 posted 12-07-2021 09:05 PM

Those are very nice, great workmanship and I love the Walnut.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 12-07-2021 09:06 PM

Just the front inch. I wouldn’t have been able to completely seat the shelf if I attempted to glue the full length. It was pretty tight and required a mallet to assemble. It’s plenty strong with just the dovetails on the carcase.

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#4 posted 12-08-2021 02:53 AM

THat looks great. Nice joinery.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 12-08-2021 04:55 AM

That grain is gorgeous! And your joinery is way good. Well done! I’m going to have to check into that finish.

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

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#6 posted 12-08-2021 05:33 PM

They look really fantastic.

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#7 posted 12-08-2021 11:03 PM

Great work!

It’s always a pleasure to see a finished work done by a woodworker who has spent the time to develop hand tool and joinery skills, and wants to challenge himself with every project. And-who pays attention to matching wood from the same piece-doing so always adds a special touch.

Looking forward to seeing your future work.

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#8 posted 12-09-2021 02:16 AM

As a big fan of walnut, I love this. You really paid attention to the details and the grain of the wood – wow.

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#9 posted 12-10-2021 06:26 PM

Nice clean piece with tight dovetails. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#10 posted 12-10-2021 09:15 PM

Thanks to everyone for all of the compliments!

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