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Sapele
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I had to build a pair of nightstands and if you are building one, well build five. I did have a use for another pair and had enough wood left for a fifth without a mate. They are made out of Sapele with dovetail drawers. The construction is standard mortise and tenon sides and back, though cut with the Pantorouter. The finish is Osamo hard wax oil with some Armorseal Seal-a-Cell on the inside and drawers. Three of the nightstands are stained with a mix of 70% brown and 30% yellow transtint dye mixed in alcohol. It was the sample produced that the client liked and stain is indeed lovely on the wood.

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Wireless charger:


The entire family:


A very strange thing happened in the build. I made the drawers better than my usual and the "fitting" process was minimal and resulted in a nearly perfect fit. The fit was "too good" as after putting on the finish, the extra 60 thousands in thickness put the drawer fit off! I ended up fitting them a second time and refinishing the sides. Never had that happen before, but the drawers fit nice.

I made a video of the project. You can watch it on my YouTube channel.

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Nicely done! All look great, both stained and unstained.
I get the need to account for the finish "thickness" - mine came up on small projects though. Funny how woodworking brings a little extra challenge when in the homestretch of a project.
 

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oh man what can i say but just wow.watching you make those dovetails was like watching a surgeon.a simple design but so artfully done.true craftsmanship.(y)
 

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Those looks great, nicely built and the dovetails are spot on. Wonderful job with the finish. The pulls give it an older look. Well Done.
 

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You made the beautiful products so efficiently and effortlessly! Wow!
 

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Funny how woodworking brings a little extra challenge when in the homestretch of a project.
Indeed. Nothing like thinking you are done, but then having to do something over. I had finished the sides with Osmo to match the rest of the casework, but after having to take a plane to them again and sand the AGAIN, I just did one coat of Seal-A-Cell and called it a day....with some wax. I think I need/want to change my finish routing to something that builds less. I love Osmo and have used it on many pieces, but I think I will go back to a hand mixed finish of Tung and Spar Varnish or go with Malof's Varnish/Tung/Linseed mix.
 
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Indeed. Nothing like thinking you are done, but then having to do something over. I had finished the sides with Osmo to match the rest of the casework, but after having to take a plane to them again and sand the AGAIN, I just did one coat of Seal-A-Cell and called it a day....with some wax. I think I need/want to change my finish routing to something that builds less. I love Osmo and have used it on many pieces, but I think I will go back to a hand mixed finish of Tung and Spar Varnish or go with Malof's Varnish/Tung/Linseed mix.
Last year I tried Odie's oil and really like it. Natural looking and doesn't have the "oil smell" that is an issue for me as I finish in my (unused) formal living room.
 

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Nothing like having a Formal Finishing Room, :)
 
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Very nice tables. Love the quarter sawn sapele.
 

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Those turned out really nice!!! The bar handles caught my eye.
 

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Very nice tables. Love the quarter sawn sapele.
You noticed. Ha. I actually took the lady for whom these were destined to the wood lot and we picked through a large stack. I was adamant that for the look she wanted we had to find quarter or rift sawn wood as sapele really looks bad when sawn any other way. I found what I needed and she appreciated being able to pick out the lumber for the tops especially, but the 8/4 stock was from a tighter grain tree and darker in color....but there was not much to do about that.

The leg stock was especially challenging as it needed to be sawn in a very particular way. Most worked. The ones that didn't went on the other pieces.

You could start a whole and very long discussion on grain selection for a piece. It is something you really start to think about as you make more and more pieces and gravitate to a particular look. My first project with sapele was a learning experience with how wild the grain gets.
 

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Sapele is gorgeous wood QS. Nice job.
 

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Watched the video. Very well produced.

You are a dovetail magician.
 

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Beautiful wood and great woodworking. The tables look fantastic. Nice job and thanks for posting,,,
 

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Watched the video - am a new subscriber. Very well done, and I enjoyed the few visits (and some background barks) by your GS. Had to wonder if any toys or treats are stored in that cabinet with your jig.
 

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Watched the video - am a new subscriber. Very well done, and I enjoyed the few visits (and some background barks) by your GS. Had to wonder if any toys or treats are stored in that cabinet with your jig.
No treats. He is not a "snuggly" dog, but always near and if I get down to ground level, he thinks something is going on. He makes an appearance in almost all my videos, mostly with his classic GS bark. There are two dogs that live near our house and he thinks they are after me, or his stuff. Who knows.
 
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Watched the video. Very well produced.

You are a dovetail magician.
Personally I think the Table Saw/Router/Hand tool method makes good dovetails. I have tried and tried to make great dovetails using only hand processing, but I always struggle to get a fit that I am satisfied with. The method and jigs I use now are my own, but I imagine others use similar. The only catch in the method is adjusting the blade height of the table saw to a thousandth of an inch accuracy for the cut. Also, I find when I have a number of drawers to make that are functionally the same size, the method is fast. If I have two drawers to make, then no it is not worth the time to setup the equipment and I just cut them by hand.
 

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No treats. He is not a "snuggly" dog, but always near and if I get down to ground level, he thinks something is going on. He makes an appearance in almost all my videos, mostly with his classic GS bark. There are two dogs that live near our house and he thinks they are after me, or his stuff. Who knows.
GS are not typically snugglers. We've had five over the years (two currently), and only our last one is a cuddle buddy. We joke she is a golden retriever in a GS body. Yours is gorgeous and I enjoyed his contributions to the video.
 

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Very nice work,I like your wood choices, all make for a very fine batch of side tables.
 
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