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Stickley Greene night stand

Here’s a look at a night stand. I took influences from both Gustav Stickley and the Greene brothers. It features quarter-sawn white oak and American black walnut. The construction is 100% traditional craftsman featuring pinned mortise and tenons, bread board ends, black walnut spline inlay and hand cut through dovetails.  The piece is finished with the same attention to detail on the back bottom and inside. Absolutely no plywood and absolutely the best hardwoods and joinery. Lets have a look at how it came together.

After the wood has acclimated, been milled and joinery cut I dry fit everything to make sure that the piece is square and all joints are tight.  Next up I’ll groove the whole unit and make the pillowed panels.

After the fit is acceptable I sand the piece to 220 and get it ready for finishing.

I chose to use a traditional fumed oak approach. Fuming oak involves exposing the wood to ammonium hydroxide gas. The gas reacts with the tannins in the oak to produce a mild gray appearance. The aim of fuming is to increase the contrast of the medullated rays within quarter-sawn oak. You will see the difference in a few photos. Here is a look at the fuming process. I place only the white oak components into a sealed tent and add a few shallow containers of 26 baume (29% concentration) ammonium hydroxide. This stuff is nasty and you need to protect yourself properly. I use ammonia specific respirator cartridges from Grainger as well as full skin and eye protection.  This chemical is very toxic and can cause a fatal reaction if you are not careful. Please don’t forget about your shop mascots. My buddy moose has much better smell than I do and I make sure to keep him well away from any chemicals like ammonium hydroxide.

Never expose your pets to ammonia hydroxide while fuming.

Ammonia fuming in my spray booth with vent fans on high!

After the oak has sat in the tent for 10 hours here is what it looks like

If you look at the enlarged photo you will notice a slight grey cast to the wood.

I seal the wood with orange shellac followed by a brown mahogany glaze to produce a nice color seen here.

After the glaze dries I mask off all of the joints andbegin the glue up. It is important the the mortise and tenon joints are not covered with any finish. The wood glue only works on raw wood surfaces (ammonia fuming does not affect the glue joint)

After I add the walnut accents It is time for hardware and topcoating. I chose to use a semi-gloss urethane wiping varnish as a top coat. The pulls and knobs are carefully selected figured walnut and installed with 1/4″ walnut dowel pins seen in the next photo.

Here is close up of the joinery including hand cut through dovetails, pinned mortise and tenon joints and floating pillowed panels.

On to the next piece.

Thanks for looking


3 Responses to “Stickley Greene night stand”

  1. Nice work !

  2. I love the furniture you’ve made. This piece is my favorite; after the turquoise veined table.

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