I spent time on Monday putting together the cleats for the drawer on my nightstand. My planer came in handy yet again for planing down some wood to fill the gap between the rails and the inside edge of the leg. I put in the cleats that keep the drawer from tipping out and called it a night. Going to work all day didn't leave me much energy to do a lot of woodworking.
Yesterday I finished up pretty much the rest. I cut the top down to size and made the breadboard edges. This time I didn't almost kill myself with my router while I was making the blind cuts, so I figured that was a good thing.
I clamped that up and left it overnight to dry. I know it didn't need that much time, but I didn't feel like working on anything else yesterday. I had made some 3' pipe clamps a while back and I find those work great for these panel-type glue ups. They're definitely way more convenient than those 5' ones I had made for bigger cabinets.
I had to get some new polyurethane today since the only can I have left is some clear satin that I didn't want to use on this project. I think I'll be able to finish this all up by the weekend and I hope that I can get it into my room by next week. I want to get to work on my bookcase, so I have to clean out the garage after this project is done and give myself some extra room.
So far I don't see too many limitations with the tools I have now. I can edge joint using my router table's split fence or even my table saw if I build a sled. If I have to face joint something, I can make a sled for my planer. That kind of eliminates my need for a jointer. I'm still hanging on to Nadine's dad's drill press so I'm good with that for now. If I could say there was a tool I wanted right now that I "needed", it would probably be a spindle sander or that Ridgid combination spindle/belt sander. I came to the conclusion that I'd like to make things that didn't just have straight lines, but I really don't want to sand those curves and stuff by hand. Some kind of spindle sander would be nice.
Things look pretty good with this nightstand. It is just going to be sitting in my bedroom and it'll have a lamp and stuff on it, so I doubt that anyone would be spending tons of time looking at and inspecting it. I think that Nadine's one came out better, and I am finding that poplar is way easier to work with than pine. I over-sanded in more than a few places and that didn't happen with the poplar. I think I might have to start thinking about using more hardwoods for projects.