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Offline CirclDigital

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Nightstands in oak and wenge
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:27 AM »
A few months ago I bought some pretty nice white oak and have been thinking about using it for a project.....

And after seeing this design I thought it, as a broad design idea, would also work for a set of nightstands that would replace the ones I currently use.

The oak that I had bought would suffice for the 4 sides and tops and was just wide enough that it could be resawn and bookmatched. After the getting everything roughly square and to size I could see a bit more of the wood and grain pattern that I was starting with.

The resawing didn't quite work out as I had anticipated (or hoped). The bandsaw blade wandered a bit in most boards so I ended up with a somewhat thinner board than I had calculated. But a careful glue-up and some moderate planing gave me just enough thickness to continue. I should have known that starting with a rough board that is 55mm thick it would be nearly impossible to get a panel that is 24mm. In the end I had a flattened panel that is 21mm, not as good but still aesthetically pleasing in my design.

The construction was done with domino's since I didn't want to clutter the design with dovetails or through tenons.  And a router was to be used to cut the dado's for the drawer runners. Spacing those dado's was pretty critical in getting a good result since the only way to get an even spacing between the drawers was getting the placement of the dado's in the carcass and the groove in the drawers lined up correctly. So I build a jig, from plywood, that could be fitted to the panel where all the dado's could be routed by using the 30mm guide bushing. This worked great and I ended up with panels that were identical.

I do like working with the Domino XL and OF1400 for such tasks.

« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 11:58 AM by CirclDigital »

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Offline CirclDigital

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 12:00 PM »
This is what I ended up with as my first components after applying a first coat of Osmo hardwax oil.

And as you can see, no workshop for me yet. I live in an apartment so I have to make due with the space that's available. And that's the hallway leading from the elevator to my front door and the free space I have between my living room and kitchen.  It's a bit of a challenge but it's doable.

More to follow....

« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 12:16 PM by CirclDigital »

Offline ilovesunshine

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 12:06 PM »
That’s an unusual design - really nice! 🙂
That’s mad you ended up with 21mm from 54mm rough board - what did you use to smooth it?
I’m pretty new to good quality woodworking so keen to learn! 🙂 sorry if that’s a simple question!
That’s great you can built your own jig for a bespoke project! Would love to be able to do that one day! 🙂
And, lol that’s mad I was thinking that looks like carpet on the floor! In a narrow passage! Fair play!! Good job you’ve got a dust extractor! Definitely my next purchase! 🙂

Will be interested to see how it turns out! 😀

Offline CirclDigital

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 12:13 PM »
That’s mad you ended up with 21mm from 54mm rough board - what did you use to smooth it?

The challenge was to cut the 55mm thick boards in half to be able to use the inside grain pattern for a bookmarked glue-up. In the end after getting everything flat and square to end up with a panel that's 21mm is not too bad. I had hoped for a bit more though.

The rough work was done with machines, the final planning of the board by hand using a 5 1/2 and no 3 plane. And then some sanding up to 220.
« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 12:18 PM by CirclDigital »

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2018, 01:00 PM »
Cool design and nice post! Looking forward to more.

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2018, 04:36 PM »
Nice use of wood and space.  It's a continual challenge to resaw so that you lose the minimum amount of wood - for two reasons.  The first is losing the thickness, and the second is that the more wood you remove, the less perfect the bookmatch.  I've been continually tuning my resaw technique, and it's still not to where I would like.  At present I still have to count on losing between 1/4" and 3/16" to a resaw cut, which is better than I was getting 5 years ago, but I'd like to get it down to under 1/8" next, and eventually down to veneer slicing.  The end result is worth it, so keep working on the process.

It's a challenge to work in a dual-duty living space.  It also fosters creativity.  Keep up the good work.

Offline CirclDigital

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 09:15 AM »
It sure was a challenge..... and my main concern, as you mentioned, was losing the least material on the inside so the bookmark would still be good. There was quite the difference on both outsides, as you can see from the earlier pictures where the inside of the panel is shown. And I was using a bandsaw that wasn't that great, a bit of a loose blade and a small fence. But that's the problem with having to use gear that's not your own...

When I got through with that first board I was quite annoyed since I had a single board for both sides and the top for each of the nightstands. And I really wanted to build each out of one single board... it worked out in the end though.

This is what some of the panels, one side and the top, looked like in more detail. Far from perfect but it works for me (the photo is a bit brighter).

« Last Edit: August 13, 2018, 09:18 AM by CirclDigital »

Offline CirclDigital

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Re: Nightstands in oak and wenge
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2018, 09:25 AM »
Originally I had planned to build everything in oak but when the cabinet was taking shape I decided against that.

After some discussion with my girlfriend I thought making the drawer front in wenge would be a nice touch. I liked that better than the walnut I also looked at....

So off to the lumber yard again to get some nice wenge and some oak veneered ply for the drawer bottoms. With the 8 drawers in total that I planned on building the volume of lumber really started to add up. And so did the work :-).

For the drawer slides and the stops there also was some more oak to be machined. Since I wanted an exact fit in the dado's I had routed in the panels having access to a good thicknesser was quite nice. Especially since the volume there also added up, in total in needed about 10m/35ft of length. And in reality quite a bit more since things were going so smoothly I stopped thinking and cut all drawer stops a bit short (If it needs to fit in the dado spanning the inside with it does come in handy if you include the depth of the dado on both sides in the size of the cut you need to make, duh). After making that mistake I cut another set a bit oversized and planed that down on my shooting board to get an exact fit.

Then is was back to the Domino again to make the holes for the screws to fix the drawer slides to the panels. A 5mm cut first and then an 8mm cut so that the screw holds the slide but the panel can still move somewhat. Could have also done it with a router but the domino was quite a bit faster.....

I forgot to document the process but this shows the end result when I fixed the drawer slides and waxed them...

« Last Edit: August 13, 2018, 09:52 AM by CirclDigital »