Oak Nightstand

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Project by RussJohnson posted 05-31-2013 12:13 PM 1813 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked saw a nightstand that I had made for my daughter and asked me to make one for her. One week later I had sold my first piece an furniture and had a powerful justification to the wife to buy some more tools (Now that I am a “professional” and not merely a hobbiest :)

I don’t like the stain, but it was what she requested so it would match the rest of the furniture in her bedroom.

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 12:21 PM

Congratulations on your first sale. Nice cabinet, stain isn’t bad, nice brown color.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 12:33 PM

Yep, ”Rus Johnson Woodworking” sounds good to me! Make sure your understands the ‘new’ name ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 01:46 PM

Nice table. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 04:36 PM

Nice clean design. Professionals know it’s the customer’s piece. LOL! And your work sold itself. What did you not like about the stain?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-31-2013 06:08 PM

I really liked the way the red oak looked after I finished sanding it (it was my first time using a hardwood) and the very dark walnut stain seemed to hide a lot of the character in the wood. I’m really new to all of this, but I really like the lighter colored stains that show a lot of contrast in the grain.

Also, had some issues with glue drips effecting the stain. I wiped the drips off with a damp cloth, but I should have resanded to prevent blotchiness.

I’m swearing off oil stains. It took a week to stop smelling of stain and some of my spills ate through my plastic sheet drop-cloth. I used water borne poly with this, so for my next project I’m going to pair it with water borne stain

Still, learned a lot, and my coworker who ordered it liked it, so it’s a success.

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#6 posted 05-31-2013 06:36 PM


Charles Neil has great techniques on finishing as it is what he does. CN woodworking. He has a you tube video on working with pine as it is the worst for finishing. LOL!

If you must use a stain or dye he has many great tips. I use many of them now with better results. Don’t use a water bourn stain or dye with a water bourn finish.

The customer was into matching with the rest of the furniture. Is my guess?

Re; glue ups that’s another story. less is more. Don’t wipe. Let it set and scrape it or run it through the planer. I’d scrape first cause I don’t want to resharpen the planer blades…too much work?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 01:55 PM

Well done, great job!! Welcome to LJ’s, thanks for posting.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 02:10 PM

That nightstand came out great, simple design but really well made. Congrats on the sale!

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