Bedside Table

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Project by moosejaw posted 01-17-2013 02:21 PM 2421 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter was using my old plastic fly tying materials cabinet for a bedside table and I just couldn’t take looking at it any more. We promised her a new bedroom set after the house was built. Well…......3 years later, still no bedroom set. Time to take action. This looks like a job for “Sawdust Man”. (Where did I put my cape?)

I was pleased to get the cabinet finished with a red ribbon for Christmas morning. It is my first furniture piece with all mortise and tenon joinery and hand cut dovetails. The side panels are tongue and groove with stub tenons on top and bottom. The stiles are mortised into the corner posts. The shelf and top are solid glue ups.
The drawer has half blind dovetails on the face and through dovetails on the back. Everything in cherry except the drawer sides and back are ash for a contrasting color. Also used 1/4” cherry plywood for shelf bottom.

I applied 3 coats of wiping varnish to all exterior surfaces. The shelf and top got 2 additional coats of oil based poly for extra protection. A coat of finishing wax was applied with 0000 steel wool to rub out the nibs and give it a nice smooth finish.

It was great to get into traditional furniture building techniques. A real confidence booster. I really loved doing doing this project. I see why heirloom quality furniture cost so much. Lots of joinery, lots of steps, lots of satisfaction. My only worry is that I may now have to build a dresser and bed frame to match. (Not really a worry). That will keep me busy for a while. Thanks for looking.


-- Ray

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 02:36 PM

What an awesome build; I’m sure she’ll love it. Also, you have an awesome shop

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 02:39 PM

Very nice, I am going to use this

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 03:07 PM

Looks great, good job!

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 03:13 PM

Beautiful. Very nice job… I’ll be stealing this in the future. :)

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 05:42 PM

Great looking table ,good job.


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#6 posted 01-17-2013 05:49 PM

I’ve been looking for designs exactly like this. It has a nice simple of form but is visually distinct. Any chance of getting the overall dimensions? Width, Height, Depth?

-- Jon

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 06:07 PM

Very nice.

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 07:37 PM

Nice work!

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#9 posted 01-17-2013 08:53 PM

Great night stand. Thanks for sharing. The drawers look sturdy and exquisitely crafted!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 11:28 PM

Great looking table!

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 11:47 PM

Very nicely done and good looking.

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 11:49 PM

Very nice piece, especially for your first. Good design to use all of the joints and techniques needed for long lasting furniture construction. That table will be around a long time. Thanks for the post.

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 12:48 AM

that looks great…Jeff

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#14 posted 01-18-2013 02:32 AM

Classy looking piece

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 03:20 AM

Beautiful job!

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