Cherry Nightstand #5: Top

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Blog entry by Todd posted 04-15-2014 06:04 PM 1530 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this entry I will cover the top construction for the nightstand. Before I get started I want to apologize for not having many pictures of the top construction. You may be asking “What’s the big deal about the top? It’s just a panel glue-up and edge routing…” Normally, I would say it’s not that big of a deal but since I am trying to match the style of existing furniture (at least in spirit) it was a little more complicated.

The top is actually in three layers: the top layer is a 0.75” thick glued-up panel, the middle layer is four 3” wide, 0.75” thick boards glued and screwed into a rectangle and edge routed with a 0.5” radius cove, and the bottom layer is four 2.5” wide, 0.25” thick boards with a rounded edge (0.125” radius) glued and nailed to the middle layer with the rounded edge standing proud of the middle layer.

Let’s start with the top:

The dimensions of the top are 18” x 24”. Since I have a 13” planer I decided to glue-up the top in 2 equal halves of 9”x24”, plane the two halves down, then join them and touch up the middle seam with a sanding of 150 grit. Below shows the 2 glue-ups.

One of the halves:

Gluing two halves together:

As I mentioned earlier I didn’t take enough pictures but below are pictures of the final top.

Also the attachment of the top layer to the middle layer is “loose” to allow for movement of the glued-up panel.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 06:19 PM

Looking good. Say, how do you like those 4-way clamps?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 06:35 PM

Thanks! I actually like them but setup takes a little time. The trick is to do a dry glue-up first, otherwise you risk having to adjust your setup while the glue is drying.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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