64. Bedside Table/Nightstand

When you make a furniture because you want to make it, not for sale, you need to plan ahead what you are going to do with it after finishing. You don’t want to have a bunch of furniture lying around your house not using them.

In this regards, there are not many categories of furniture that we find it easy to find a use for them. The bedside table is one of them. Every home needs at least one. So, I decided to build it hoping to be able to use it some day.

Technical Notes

While browsing Pinterest for the project, I discovered that most bedside tables do have similar dimensions. They were 24 inch tall, 16-18 inch wide and 12-14 inch deep. It’s quite puzzling to know that such things as bedside tables have informal industry standards.

The most challenging part of this project is due to the fact that they have as many as 24 mortises and tenons to cut. I had to make sure that they are all fit easily in a dry fitting before glueing them altogether. It was quite complicated, not to mention you have to make sure that all corners are perfectly squared.

One big lesson I learned from this project is that the best way to cut the tenon shoulder is to use the table saw with stoppers. No other alternative methods surpassed it.

At the first fitting, the drawer could not be fully inserted into the carress due to the back of the carress that did not truly straight. In the past, I might let it go that way but this time I won’t do the same. I cut the drawer shorter and install a drawer stop to fit the problem. Luckily, it turned out fine.

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