Night stands

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Project by cathyb posted 01-27-2012 03:32 AM 3124 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these night stands for an art show this weekend. My idea was to create something that was understated in terms of design but with a dramatic flare. For the casework, I started with the idea of a fancy box-just a little bigger than one that would sit on a dresser. The boards for the sides, top and bottom were all edge joined while they were long boards and then cut in sequence to wrap the box frame. I added a rabbet in the back for my back panel and a rabbet in front to recess my drawer faces. The drawers have a wooden runner, which was dadoed and screwed to the sides. The drawers were 5/8” thick to give me enough material for a matching groove to align with my runners.
My “box” of two drawers sits on a base with curved feet and a beaded detail. The overall size of the box is 25” tall by 17” wide and just 11” deep.
The simple box gave me a chance to show off that beautiful piece of koa. Which brings me to a point that I have made before: there is nothing I can do that will trump the beauty of nature. I just want to showcase how stunning a piece of wood can be. Here’s how I did that: I had one board which was about 7/8” thick and 34” long and 8 1/2” wide. I cut the board in half (for novices, just a little reminder -make sure you mark which side is which with chalk from start to finish! it can get confusing if you don’t). Now I have two boards about 16” long and 8 1/2” wide. I cut them down the middle on my Laguna resaw bandsaw, ran them through the drum sander and thus created my four drawer faces that were each about 3/8” thick by 16” by 8 1/2”. Next I routed a shallow dado to accept the drawer pulls and then glued the drawer faces to the front of the assembled drawer. The element that I added on this piece and will definitely do again was the wrapping the sides with continuous grain. As a result the box did not distract from the drawer faces and really made them pop. Try it….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 03:34 AM

Wow that is really cool

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 03:45 AM

well done cathy

continuous wood

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 03:52 AM

understated design with dramatic flare….........check

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#5 posted 01-27-2012 03:53 AM

Beautiful wood and clever craftsmanship (craftswomanship?).

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#6 posted 01-27-2012 03:54 AM

these over all are very beautiful and i love that choice of wood you made, however i think your drawer handles are swallowed up with all of that beautiful wood, i think if you would have used the same wood as you used for the base, they would have made the rest of the unit stand out , of coarse you are the artist and this is just a suggestion, but i really do love the design…

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#7 posted 01-27-2012 03:55 AM

Grizz, that is an excellent suggestion

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#8 posted 01-27-2012 04:10 AM

The extra effort you put into bookmatching the drawer stock really paid off – dramatic indeed! I love the design and style of the legs too. Very nice work. . . I am currently constructing nightstands as well and am using curly maple. After seeing your beautiful furniture, I wish I had the ability to resaw my stock.

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#9 posted 01-27-2012 04:28 AM

dt, I think you have to buy a resaw bandsaw as soon as possible. Your lingerie chest is beautiful. Clearly you have a keen eye for detail. Honestly, I use that bandsaw everyday. It sure pays off. Thanks for your comments on the nightstands. They were fun to make and every step came without a problem (which generally in not the case). Try adding feet. Think of making a footstool-they are like a foot stool in design. You take four legs and give them a shape, add the mortises, four sides with tenons and bracing in the corners to attach the box on top. It works for all kinds of casework and can recreate a clean look.

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#10 posted 01-27-2012 04:41 AM

Nicely done. Any pics of “the grain wrap” ?

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#11 posted 01-27-2012 04:42 AM

Wow Kathy, you are amazing! Very talented artist! I just finished looking at your website. That deer is beautiful, well just like everything you do, but he is amazing! You do wonderful work.

-- Janice

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#12 posted 01-27-2012 04:59 AM

Very impressed with the use of the grain on the project, well done!

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#13 posted 01-27-2012 05:40 AM

great nighttands. The bookmatching of the drawer fronts really does show off the beauty of the wood. I do however also like the overall design of the nightstand bases withthe curved legs.

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#14 posted 01-27-2012 06:03 AM

Stunning piece!

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#15 posted 01-27-2012 06:29 AM

very nice job on this piece, the book match really makes this piece stunning to say the least and the clean lines along with a perfectly well balanced base puts the icing on the cake and koa is my very favorite wood. so i must add this to my favorites !!!

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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