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Nightstand progress

June 28, 2012

The great box making project is well under way.  As you all know, I have been working with Harlan who is a patient and wise woodworking mentor.  Some of the lessons we have learned so far:
  1. Don't let Laine use the Domino machine
  2. Measure 8 times, cut once (still make mistakes)
  3. Be happy with imperfection
In all seriousness, I am a true novice and it has been really great working with such a knowledgeable woodworker.  Whenever we get a free moment here in the showroom Harlan has been gracious enough to spend time with me in the classroom, working on my nightstand, and slowly (but surely) progress has been made.  The wood has been milled and finally, the box has come together.  Take a look:

Reserve your judgement for later... a work in progress!

We opted against miter joints on this box, instead using the Festool Domino machine to make a mortise and tenon joint.  Let me just say, I LOVE this machine.  It made the process really simple for a beginner like me.  This is what the Domino machine does:

Lining up the dominos for optimal placement

Yay!  In other news, I have successfully used a router table to create the groove in which to place my back panel, which is 1/2" thick and will be recessed slightly when placed in the back of my box.

expert groove

So you see, I am getting closer to having a finished product.  Next up: construction of the drawer box.