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    Getting Started in Woodworking: Build a Shaker Nightstand

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    Getting Started in Woodworking: Season Three
    Build a Shaker Nightstand of American Walnut

    Build a walnut nightstandWatch Getting Started in Woodworking: Season Three
    Now Playing: Episode Eight - Applying an Oil Finish

    Welcome to season three of our online video series, “Getting Started in Woodworking,” a step-by-step program designed to help guide beginner woodworkers through a variety of woodworking and furniture making techniques.

    This time around, Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana and FineWoodworking.com web producer Ed Pirnik show you how to build a beautiful Shaker nightstand out of American walnut.

    In this eight-part series, Ed and Asa begin at the lumberyard, with tips on how to purchase rough boards. Further lessons cover everything from how to mill your own lumber and cutting tapered legs on the tablesaw—to joining your nightstand pieces together with simple, strong dowel joints. You’ll even learn how to create your own beautiful tabletops, add a shelf, and even tackle a professional oil finish with ease.

    Dowload the project plan, sit back, and watch as we show you how to build this beautiful project, step-by-step.

    Stay Tuned
    Be sure to stay tuned for future episodes. We'll be rolling out new episodes every week through May and June 2011.

    Now Playing: Introduction and Episode One - Purchasing Rough Lumber
    Now Playing: Episode Two - Mill Your Own Lumber
    Now Playing: Episode Three - Taper Legs on the Tablesaw
    Now Playing: Episode Four - Strong, Simple Dowel Joinery
    Now Playing: Episode Five - Making a Tabletop
    Now Playing: Episode Six - Adding a Shelf to a Table
    Now Playing: Episode Seven - Surviving Furniture Glue-Ups
    Now Playing: Episode Eight - Applying a Beautiful Oil Finish


    How to Make

    How to Purchase Rough Lumberclick to enlarge

    How to Purchase Rough Lumber: In episode one, Asa and Ed head to a hardwood dealer and show you how to purchase rough-sawn boards. You'll learn what to expect when visiting a hardwood dealer or lumberyard, and how to "talk the talk," using all sorts of woodworking lingo that will help you find exactly what you're looking for.

    How to Purchase Rough Lumberclick to enlarge

    How to Mill Your Own Lumber: In episode two, Asa and Ed show you how to mill your rough-sawn boards into smooth, straight, and square furniture parts. But don't worry if you don't have access to a planer or jointer, you can always have the lumberyard take care of this initial milling step for you. Episode coming soon.

    How to Purchase Rough Lumberclick to enlarge

    Taper Legs on the Tablesaw: In episode three, Asa and Ed show you how to build a great little jig for cutting delicately tapered legs at the tablesaw. It's not as tough as you think, and you'll be able to use this jig for lots of other furniture projects going forward. Episode coming soon.

    How to Purchase Rough Lumberclick to enlarge

    Strong, Simple Dowel Joinery: In episode four, you'll learn how to use an inexpensive doweling jig to create solid joints that will hold your nighstand together for decades to come. It just goes to show, you don't have to cut fancy dovetail or mortise-and-tenon joints to build a beautiful piece of furniture. Episode coming soon.



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    It doesn't seem to be that complicated. All you need is the wood, the tools and some good will. I wonder if I will ever be able to build something like the products I saw on http://www.standsandmounts.com/. They really do professional work and my aim is for excellence.

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    ian bobo writes:

    Just bought the wood and downloaded the plans for this project but now there is no video. I definitely need it for the lumber milling and leg tapering jig. Watched it last summer and thats what made me want to start this project- just didn't have the time to start until now. Hope you're not updating the site and removing some of the projects and or videos? What's up?


    They're still online. On the

    Dennis Russo writes: They're still online. On the top right of the page, click on 'Video,' then 'Getting Started Series.' This table is part of Season 3 and all videos can be found there... Thanks, dr

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    Tony Ruggeri writes:

    I am just getting started in woodworking and I wanted you all to know what an invaluable resource this Getting Started in Woodworking series has been, especially season 3.  You had the patience to walk through all the steps completely and took into consideration that a beginner might not have all the same machines so you provided alternatives.  Thanks for the hard work!

    Did he really wear the same clothes for 5 days?

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    Just wondering.


    Ed Pirnik writes:

    Paul: Yup. And it was more than five days:) Luckily, we washed repeatedly. LOL


    Paul Schuster writes:

    The clothing thing was a joke. What I didn't say is how much I appreciate the video. I have learned a lot from it. 


    Ed Pirnik writes:

    Thanks Paul! I'm forwarding your kind comment to Asa.





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