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Thread: Maple and Walnut Nightstand

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    Maple and Walnut Nightstand

    Maple and walnut nightstand. Drawer pull is maple burl on a brass pivot pin.

    I consider this my first "real" woodworking project. First project without any screws. First project from rough cut hardwood vs big-box-store pine. First project of my own design. First half-blind dovetails, etc.

    First off, I think I executed my plan very well, but I wish I hadn't leaned into the contrasting woods so much. I wanted to show off the joinery with the contrast, but I feel like it's a little much now that it's all done. I wish I had done a matte finish with a wax/oil like Odie's or Walrus Oil instead of the high gloss Arm-R-Seal. I ended up ditching the idea of the lower shelf halfway through, but I attached a screenshot of my 3D model that I used in the design phase. Overall, I'm pleased that I was able to execute my plan as intended and I'll take these lessons on to the next piece I design.

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    The joinery looks great. The finish looks good from the pics. I wish my first pieces looked as good! Well done.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    NE Florida
    Nice first "real" project. You can always put on a coat or two of satin arm-r-seal if you want to tone down the high gloss finish.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2021
    Columbia MO and Howard County MO
    That looks very nice and is a bit of a how was it done brain challenge. I like contrast and the absence of score lines on the drawer side dovetails. Well done! I imagine it supporting two bowls of maple walnut ice cream in the evening and a stack of walnut pancakes with maple sirup in the morning.
    Last edited by Maurice Mcmurry; 07-06-2022 at 8:05 PM.
    Best Regards, Maurice

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Tell us more about how you did those leg corner joints. Very interesting.


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    It definitely fits together like a puzzle.

    Fig 1: Each section is cut with the Width being 1.5x the thickness. The center third is cut out to a depth equal to the width. The top is half lapped to a depth equal to the thickness.

    Fig 2: The sections fit together as shown with the highlighted pieces

    Fig 3: A walnut block is glued into the corner

    Fig 4: Cut the corner at a 45deg angle with a hand saw.


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