Way back when I got married, my dad very nicely made a pair of nightstands for my wife and I. They have served us well for years. They are of a boxy cabinet type design, about 17x17x26"h.
Unfortunately, our present house has the heating register in the floor right beside the headboard of the bed. Kind of a dumb location, IMHO, but what can you do? For years I've tried moving the nightstand to different locations. It has half-straddled it at times, which restricts heat flow, and it has been moved forward at other times, which places the nightstand too far forward, and leaves a weird gap at the back.
Today it was a snow day for our family, so I thought I'd do something different and sit down and doodle on this design.
There are two main ideas I started with. First, I was aiming more for an open table type of design. I want it fairly open, so that I can place it over the heating register and have it not obstruct the flow so much.
Secondly, and more unique, I got the idea of building on a small pedestal to hold my clock up high above the table top. I've had the clock up hight for a while, and I kind of like it up there, and it also leaves the table more open.
So this is what I've come up with so far, and I put it out here for comments, suggestions and so on.
And here it is more or less in position.
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(Sorry, the *skp file is currently 440k, so I couldn't upload it. Dave probably could, but I can't... )
I curved the front of the clock pedestal, but I haven't curved the front of the nightstand itself. I could be convinced otherwise. I haven't even given much thought to wood species, I just put in the colours right now for reference. (and I do like how cherry and maple go together)
Heres a few more angles, to show the curved front, and the edge treatment.
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And now I'll probably sit on it for a while and ponder some more.