Nightstand from Curly Maple and Walnut

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Project by Mike_from_Buffalo posted 05-02-2013 02:57 PM 2381 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this nightstand as a gift for my brother. He didn’t have much space so I only made one. I also wanted to make it as a piece that could stand alone as a side table (just in case a complete bedroom set is ever purchased, this could be used as an end table somewhere with its nicely finished back). Kind of just winged the design of this one. I like the frame and panel look. The panels are pretty small, had to make a custom sled for the router table to hold the pieces safely. Just a simple shaker design. I think that next time I will use the table saw to make the panels and save some frustration.

I learned some things from this project too. Notice the top of the table. The wood did not show any sap wood before it was finished. As soon as I put the first coat on it was like “wow, that’s two diferent colors, not sure I like the stripes” But I ran out of wood, and I actually started to like it more and more. It’s secured to the stand with those bent metal conectors to allow for expansion so changing it in the future won’t be too tough. Drawers are made from ash with box joints and plywood bottoms. All mounted on ball bearing undermount slides.

I applied many coats of wipe on poly. Hopefully a durable finish.

Any feedback is appreciated, even the negative. I’m just starting at woodworking, got many more years ahead of me to get better and more proficient.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 03:26 PM

Love the nightstand, definitely the style I like and great execution. I dont think anyone would notice the issues you mentioned.

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 05:23 PM

Love the wood and design. Beautiful piece. I’d be proud to have the side table in my home.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 05:45 PM

Nice looking table. I think the top has character, not for everyone but for those who can appreciate it. The side raised panels are wicked. Good work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 07:06 PM

That is an outstanding piece of work. The contrast of woods is perfect. The splined miter effect with the walnut below the top is a great accent. This is a well designed, and executed piece of furniture and you can be proud.

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#5 posted 05-03-2013 12:36 AM

I think you did an excellent job on this nightstand. Very cool design with the side panels. Personally, I like the top.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 05-03-2013 06:55 PM

i lilke it looks great

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#7 posted 05-04-2013 03:33 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 05-04-2013 05:28 PM

Just beautiful

-- Margery

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#9 posted 05-06-2013 07:24 AM

Looks fantastic to me! I don’t think the sapwood detracts from the top at all.

-- Robb

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#10 posted 05-06-2013 01:21 PM

Great design and great build, quite impressive. I am sure your brother was delighted.

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#11 posted 05-06-2013 03:32 PM

Thanks everybody!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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