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Back in November while doing some Christmas shopping with my wife, she said our youngest wanted a nightstand. Her intention was to buy something at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, or the like. After looking at what was available and the prices I had to put my foot down and insisted I would build one myself. Okay, it only took me about 10 months, but it's done.

Lots of firsts with this build. First time building a true piece of furniture. First time working with wood from a lumberyard. First time gluing up panels. First time using an oil/varnish finish. First time turning a pull. May be the last time my wife lets me build something on short notice.

Very simple design (had to be done quickly, you know). Basically a box with a drawer sitting on a smaller box. Lots of dovetails since that is what I am most comfortable with.

Started out with the intention of doing everything with hand tools. That lasted through the first panel glue up. A friend at work offered to let me borrow his planer (which I eventually bought off him). That saved some time, but there was still plenty of time spent with the No. 4 making things smooth. Used a router and a jig to square up the panels and to cut the rabbet in the back. Drawer pull was turned on the drill press. All the rest was with hand tools.

I sanded the wood through 600 grit and then finished it off with 0000 steel wool before applying the finish. I used Chris Becksvoort's recipe of 50/50 mix of Tried & True oil varnish and Epifanes spar varnish. I found this to be very easy to use. Wipe on, wipe off. Three applications with a few days in between, then a couple of weeks sitting in the hot garage. I know the finish is not the toughest, but it is repairable and I wanted to try it out. My customer is happy with how it came out.

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Mark,

Nice job on the nightstand. Dovetails look great, looks like you cut them by hand, if so fabulous job. I love working with Cherry.
 

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Great little night stand, the dovetails make it pop. Well done Cherry piece.
 

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Nice work. Looks nice and big. Great dovetails.
 

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Mark,

Well done on the dovetails.

I like the overall design.

Is the stock thicker than 3/4"? Looks like 7/8s to me

Nice job
 

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Mark,

Well done on the dovetails.

I like the overall design.

Is the stock thicker than 3/4"? Looks like 7/8s to me

Nice job

- Peteybadboy
It's just shy of 3/4".
 

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Mark,

Nice job on the nightstand. Dovetails look great, looks like you cut them by hand, if so fabulous job. I love working with Cherry.

- gdaveg
Thanks. Yep, dovetails were hand cut.
 

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Wow! Nice work. I like the design you came up with. The smaller base gives it a great floating look. It is only going to get better and better as it ages.
 
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