Night Stands are Done — Final Blog

This is a feature I really like in WordPress, as a middle school shop teacher I emphasized the magic of planning something in your head and drawing it on paper (drafting) and working with your hands to see that become an actual object. This feature brings that process to life!

All the finishing is done and the drawers are assembled. They have been screwed to their stands and the next process is installing the liner. This is a piece of 1/4″ x 1″ Basswood, mitered, painted black and then glued to the interior. Pin nails and clamps are used to install them. I taped off that area when applying shellac to the interior so the glue would stick. Pictorial process below:

Installing the drawers is the final and critical step to this project. They are side hung on 3/4″ grooves cut in the sides. The stop is where the drawer face is dovetailed into them. Having the 1/4″ liner actually made this step easier! I know you can buy fancy jigs to install slides but I’ve always relied on a piece of 1/4″ MDF that goes from the bottom of the case to the bottom of the slide. This gives a solid base to put the slide on while you locate the mounting holes. To locate the holes I took a screw eye, pointed it on the drill press and reduced its size until it was a snug fit in the slide mounting hole. This was done with a sanding drum on the drill press. I used pennies as spacers to establish the gap between the drawers and the case. Again, I’ll let pictures and captions explain the process but if you have any questions about this method feel free to ask via the comment section. I didn’t put on the backs until the drawers were installed. The slides were already made and left slightly thicker than needed.

After the drawers were installed the backs were attached to complete these cabinets. Bees wax was applied to the runners and grooves. I found a place in on-line that had these beautiful leather pulls and were made in the USA! They are Makeline Designs and they are beautiful! The leather is soft and I choose the aluminum discs which gleam — very happy with their product and quick service. I’ll leave you with one more shot of these night stands; I’m very happy with how they turned out.


About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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3 Responses to Night Stands are Done — Final Blog

  1. I said, “wow” out loud. They look great.


  2. That’s a great compliment!! Thanks Paul


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