Cherry and Crabapple Nightstands

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Project by KWDRIVER posted 08-21-2013 04:31 PM 2981 views 16 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Really don’t get to post many projects or actually do a lot due to my job requirements but here is the latest one I’ve managed to finish. It actually started a few years ago when strong winds took down a good sized crabapple tree on my property. While cutting it up to remove I realized that the wood was very spalted and had very good figuring, so naturally being a wood hoarder I cut up what was left and let it air dry.

Fast forward a few years and I finally managed to get started on a much needed pair of nightstands for our bedroom. Saw a similar plan in a magazine and modified it to fit my needs. Not having enough crabapple for the entire project I decided to use cherry as a good compliment to the tone of the wood.

The tops are actually 1/8” boards laminated onto ply with cherry edges and the side panels are 1/4” solid crabapple. Drawer fronts are 1/8” crabapple laminated on cherry. Finish is General finishes Arm R seal. Using those techniques I was able to stretch the crabapple enough to make two nightstands. I know some of the purist will not like the fact that I kept some of the sap wood in the tops but I just couldn’t bring myself to waste anymore of the wood trying to cut it out so I did my best with it.

All in all it was a great project that I had a ton of fun putting together using different techniques and tools. As a side note crabapple turned out to be a wonderful wood to work with until you got into the heavily figured stuff which required a bit more planning before planing or working with tools. Hope you all enjoy

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 04:44 PM

I love that figure.

EDIT: And how’d you get the top to float in the air?

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 05:13 PM

Looks fantastic! There are times to embrace the imperfections in the wood, and this was one of those times. Gives it character. Really great work.

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 05:36 PM

Beautiful table. Fantastic finish

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 07:44 PM

nice job

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 07:48 PM

Great looking night stand—love the wood contrast and your design.

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 10:49 PM

Reeeeeeeeeally nice!

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#7 posted 08-22-2013 12:51 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments, Joe the top is attached with pocket screws via two stretchers situated in dados cut into the front and rear rails. Basically giving you that floating look.

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#8 posted 08-22-2013 12:58 AM

Great use of some gorgeous wood ! Well done !

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#9 posted 08-22-2013 01:00 AM

Those look fantastic. The float combined with the spalted wood really make it distinctive.

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#10 posted 08-22-2013 01:24 AM

Awesome job, I love the spalted crabapple – you found a great use for it.

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#11 posted 08-22-2013 01:31 AM

First time I’ve heard of using crabapple to make something. I like what you did with it. Nice project.

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#12 posted 08-22-2013 02:48 AM

Hey man did you know your top is floating? Well done.

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#13 posted 08-22-2013 04:59 AM

Nice project

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#14 posted 08-22-2013 05:09 AM

Really nice job.
Thanks for your work
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#15 posted 08-22-2013 06:58 AM

Wonderful looking tables. The woods are great, colors, grain, floating top (I really like them), fit and finish. Great looks gets added to my favorite list. Almost forgot the legs, fantastic form and shape. I like using scrapers too. I find they reduce the amount of time I spend sanding, especially with lower grits. At 220 I start sanding and finish at 320 grit, if required.

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