Asian-Influence Nightstand in Purple Heart and Sapele

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 01-15-2011 11:23 PM 4859 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Allright, its official: My 8 year old daughter now has better bedroom furniture than her parents. This nightstand measures 26” tall x 22” wide x 18” deep. This is an upgrade for my daughter’s previous nightstand, which was a simple shaker round stand. This is the third and final piece for her room which includes her bed and a bookcase.

I made the base and drawer case from some left-over ribbon sapele and purple heart from my previous table projects. The legs are a curved taper on two of the outer edges starting at 1 5/8” and widening to 2” at the bottom. The top carries a steep 14 degree bevel cut on the two sides that are reminiscent of the asian style pagodas. The lower shelf floats on a set of 3 cross rails that really added to the stability of this project. The drawer is dovetailed with a nifty table saw sled for cutting dovetail pins that I learned from Jeff Miller of J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture in Chicago. The purple heart drawer pull is set in a beveled, notched-hole allowing for easy access of two fingers to open and close.

This original design was intended to compliment her bed's design aesthetic (a copy from a Thos. Moser design “American Bungalow Bed) as well as a few purple heart dovetail shelves in her room. The two contrasting woods look surprisingly nice together (despite my initial hesitation) and pull in other elements of her room. Ultimately, the purple heart will mellow-out a over time, becoming a little more subdued. I only hope my 8 year old is able to do the same. ;)

On to my next project…

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 11:39 PM

Oh you have done a marvelous job here
Really great design and execution
I bet your daughter is one happy camper

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 03:06 AM

well done. I like the drawer handles. I made a piece myself with that detail and it is a great touch. Super

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 03:31 AM

Absolutely beautiful very well done

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 09:29 PM

Don’t worry…. she’ll mellow out when she hits her 30s. I did ;)

It’s a beautiful piece.

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 09:59 AM

Excellent workmanship and finish. That’s a really nice looking nightstand!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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