Night stand / 3-drawer chest in red oak

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Project by JasonD posted 09-16-2013 04:30 AM 1904 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a simple 3-drawer chest for my wife to use as a night stand / mini-dresser.

The case (including the drawer runners) is 3/4” red oak plywood joined with dado and rabbet joints. The drawer bodies are 1/2” pine plywood joined with rabbet joints with 3/16” Luan plywood bottoms in dadoes. The drawer fronts are solid red oak. I made my own 1/16” edge banding to cover the case’s plywood edges with red oak from the same board that I used to make the drawer fronts.

The oak board that I used for the drawer fronts and banding had some crazy grain. It switched direction several times every foot or so. It made from some cool grain patters, but was a pain to plane. To deal with the especially aggravating boards, I flattened them with a LA Jack plane with a toothed blade, followed by a smoother with a high pitched BU blade, and finally a card scraper to deal with the last bit of tear out.

The pics are #1: The finished night stand installed, #2: Cleaning up the face of a drawer front with a card scraper, and #3: The dry fit of the plywood case with the runners.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 01:57 PM

Very nice cabinet. I like the way you veneered the front edge of the play wood. It gives it a nice finished look of a solid board….......Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 06:30 PM

Good looking nightstand! Like the design especially the drawers, very well crafted.

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