Cherry and Tiger Maple Nightstand

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Project by Tomoose posted 04-07-2013 10:53 PM 4294 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nightstand project based on plans from Woodcraft. The plans called for the carcass to be maple and the top cherry, but I swapped them around because my maple had nice figure and I had a couple pieces of cherry thick enough to make the legs without having to do a glue-up. The plans call for biscuit joinery and that’s what I used. The plans called for drawer-lock joints for the drawer box, but I don’t have any bits like that, so I made up a box-joint jig and made my drawer that way – kind of “faker” dovetails. Finish is two coats of Danish Oil, 3 coats of spray satin poly, smoothed out with 600 grit, and then 2 coats of paste wax. The top is the smoothest finish I have ever gotten and the figure really pops from certain angles. Oh, and the drawer handle is a scrap of purpleheart just shaped with a 1/2” roundover bit on the router table.

Couple of “firsts” on this project – first piece of furniture with a drawer I have made. The other first is probably a “last” as well – the plans called for 3/4 maple (cherry in my case) ply but I didn’t have easy access to any. My solution was to use some 1/2 birch ply and veneer 1/8 cherry on each side to get to my 3/4 dimension. I had never re-sawn any wood before, nor did I have any experience veneering before. If we learn from our mistakes, then this project was like an encyclopedia!

The benefit of having 1/8” solid wood veneer is obviously you would have to try pretty hard to sand through the veneer.The downside is it took longer to make my own plywood than the whole project should have taken. In any case, the project turned out as good as I could have hoped, and I am quite happy with it. I guess now I need to make its mate for the other side of the bed, and then maybe on to a couple matching chests of drawers…

Comments, good, bad, whatever, are welcome as usual.

Thanks for looking!

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 01:37 AM

that maple top sure is pretty! Nice job

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 03:17 AM

Beautiful top ! Nice design over all : )

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 06:16 AM

Great job. Love the contrasting of the wood. Looks great

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 05:28 PM

I really like this. I will likely look for the plans now. Nice job.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 09:04 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, guys. I appreciate it!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 11:50 PM

Nice clean lines and I like the splay on the legs. If you are going to build something, might as well be in cherry. I’ve never verneer’ed, so I read stories like yours as a reminder. But the result is really nice. That quilted maple top is stunning.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 03:37 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 04-20-2013 02:03 AM

Very nice. The more I look, the nicer it gets. Placement and patterns of the wood used really make the piece.
Fine craftsmanship.

-- Ben in Va

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