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Built these cherry nightstand for our master bedroom. Wanted a "farmhouse" look but with my own details (breadboard ends). The drawers were particularly difficult but work. Planned on installing functioning locks but as I was fitting the drawers to the openings that idea was out. Escutcheons are only for show.
The entire base is mortise and tenon. The bottom shelf is mortised into the legs and for added support a pocket screw was used.
The finish on the base is two coats tung oil and several coats of de-waxed shellac. The top needed to have a real tough surface due to the abuse nightstands tend to take. I started with a sealing coat of de-waxed shellac, followed by two coats of tung oil, then two more coats of de-waxed shellac, and finally 8 to 10 coats of gloss spray lacquer. Finally I rubbed it out with paste wax and #0000 steel wool. This was the first time I used lacquer and this method but am very pleased with the result.

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Beautiful cherry you used. The tops are wonderful. Love the design and execution!
 

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I wouldn't have thought to use oil after using any sort of sealer. Doesn't that prevent the oil from penetrating into the grain?
 

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Really nice design and workmanship.
 

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Great design, I dig them
 
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