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05-28-2014 08:18 PM

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Hello. I purchased a bed online many years ago and upon trying to complete the set, I found that the company went out of business.

I’m a beginner woodsmith with only the basic tools yet I’ve decided the nightstand would be easier enough to make with the exception of the sides. Due to the thickness and slight angle, I have NO CLUE how to come up with sides and hope some of the experts on this forum may have some ideas.

I have a circular saw, a jig, and a Rockwell Blade runner. Any help would be wonderfull!

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 08:30 PM

It is probably just a hollow build-up. Solid wood fronts, and plywood sides. Parts could be joined with biscuits.

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 08:34 PM

With your circular saw, cut the front profile of the side piece. Let’s say its 2” at the top, and 2-3/4” at the bottom and 20” tall. I just made those numbers up.

Cut it… Then trace it, and cut it again three times. If you feel confident with a circular saw, you could bevel the two sides of each piece although in mirror image. On two sets.

They seem to rise at an angle, so you need to determine the angle you desire and cut it at the foot of each piece. Clamping the four together for this cut (top and bottom cuts) can help ensure consistency. (We’ll say five degrees for now… You can make it what you like)

Then you want to know how deep you want it. Just add boards…. Let’s say 1×6’s for instance. Add four of those, together and glue them up. Make them at least an inch taller than you want the legs. You’ll cut them to match the pieces you already have. Bevel the the front and back edge to match. Let the edges hang past the top and bottom of your front back pieces.

Then cut your five degree bevel onto the feet, flush with the faces

We just created a box, but it’s not a parallel box. A picture could make this more clear, but I’m not sketchup capable.

Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 08:34 PM

I mean…. What pintodeluxe said…

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 08:35 PM

Particle board also another option as a filler for pieces. I broke down a Lane dresser/changing table a few months ago to save the oak for another project, very little was solid oak (top) and drawer fronts. All the rest was particle board with oak veneer.

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 03:43 AM

Wow. Thanks to all of you. I hope one day I’ll be able to reciprocate a response. I was about to give up because I lack the creative sight, but now I can see what you’re talking about. I think I have a busy weekend ahead of me.

I did think “this thing is going to be super heavy!” But not if it’s hollowed out.

You all rock.

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 03:58 AM

Another approach: draw your nightstand full size (only need to do one side, actually, as the other will be a mirror image). That helps to determine angles, lengths of pieces, etc.

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