Cherry Nightstand

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Blog series by Todd updated 06-09-2014 05:03 PM 9 parts 18267 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Introduction and Design

02-22-2014 04:25 PM by Todd | 0 comments »

I’m in the process of designing and building a cherry nightstand to match our bedroom suite. I’m going to try and preserve the style of the furniture while remaining within my skill level. I’m actually pretty far into the build now and since I’ve taken some pictures along the way I thought I would blog the process. I’ll try to post an entry for each step as time permits. The design of the nightstand took into account the style of our current bedroom suite i...

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Part 2: Acquiring, sorting, and preparing wood

02-22-2014 04:43 PM by Todd | 1 comment »

I’m very fortunate to have a sawyer close by that caters specifically to hobbyists. These are very knowledgable and nice folks. Shameless plug: Hobby Hardwood Alabama Here is a photo of the first batch of rough sawn cherry I chose: I recently reconfigured and upgraded my dust collector which worked out great because I jointed and planed most of this wood in preparation for this build. This picture shows how well the thien baffle worked:...

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Part 3: Raised Panels for the Sides

02-25-2014 12:32 AM by Todd | 2 comments »

Rather arbitrarily I chose to make the side panels for the nightstand first. Actually it is only the second set of raised panels that I have done so I was kind of nervous and wanted to get them out of the way. For the rail and stiles I used “Sommerfeld’s Roundover Chip-Free Rail & Stile Set”. This rail & stile design eliminates chipping that is caused by a buildup of stress on the leading edges of the pattern. You can see in the pics below how the leading eadge i...

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Part 4: Base

04-02-2014 09:31 PM by Todd | 2 comments »

Next I decided to make the base. Since I wanted the skirt to match the skirt on our Captain’s Chest I copied the pattern onto paper then created a 1/4” ply pattern by gluing the paper to the ply, rough cutting with the bandsaw, then carefully sanding the edges using my disc sander and oscillating sander. I screwed the ply pattern to what would be the back of the front skirt piece and rough cut with my bandsaw. I then used a pattern bit on my router table to finish off the cur...

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Part 5: Top

04-15-2014 06:04 PM by Todd | 2 comments »

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 t...

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Part 6: Carcass Construction

05-08-2014 10:23 PM by Todd | 2 comments »

In this installment I’ll be covering the carcass construction which includes assembling the face frame, sides and base. I’m not covering the construction of the face frame because it’s a very simple face frame assembled with pocket screws and glue. I do want to mention the specifics of how I attached the face frame to the sides. I used Sommerfeld’s 3-Pc Tongue & Groove Cabinetmaking Set to make the attachment. Below is the resulting joint. Note that th...

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Part 7: Drawers

05-09-2014 08:58 PM by Todd | 3 comments »

I was going to use dovetails or boxjoints for the drawers but I decided to go simple. After all I have cabinet drawers constructed with less integrity that have been abused for more than 20 years. I had some poplar that needed using so I glued up some panels to obtain the necessary widths. I cut them out and slotted them to accomodate a 1/4 ply bottom. I then drilled pocket holes on the outside of the front and back panels of the drawers as well as holes for mounting the drawer fr...

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Part 8: Staining and Finishing

06-02-2014 10:31 PM by Todd | 4 comments »

Since I needed this nightstand to match our existing bedroom furniture I decided to mix the stain myself. I was not satisfied with the results using off-the-shelf oil-based stains so I decided to try my hand at using dye stains. I ordered some TransTint dyes in Reddish-Brown and Black. Since TransTint dyes use water and/or alcohol as the solvent then I knew I was heading down the path for a completely water-based stain and finish. Since water raises the grain of the wood and Cherry ...

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Part 9: Final Assembly

06-09-2014 05:03 PM by Todd | 3 comments »

The final assembly consisted of remounting the drawer slides, attaching the drawer front, attaching the top assembly, and installing back panel. In a previous installment of this blog I had installed the drawer slides. I removed them to complete the staining and finishing. After reinstalling the hardware I began the process of mounting the drawer fronts. The drawers are standard 1/2” overlay. The top and botton rails of the face frame are 1” wide and the middle rail...

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