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    Different kind of nightstand...

    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.

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    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.

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    That looks like a pretty cool idea. You would have to be sure your alarm clocks in the future would fit as well(?) or buy a couple spares ;-)
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    Art, I like it. So is the shelf for the alarm clock a sort of catapult thing that launches the clock across the room and out a window?

    If you want to send the SKP to me, I'll see if I can make it postable.

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    I might actually doodle another where the "clock shelf" extends across the whole width, just to see if I like that better.

    Glenn you've got a good point. The shelf is currently 9" wide by 4-6" deep (depending on the curve). That should handle most bedside clocks out there. BUT if I were to ever want a clock radio I might be stuck. (The clock radio has always been on my wife's side of the bed, so I didn't even think about it.) And yes, we both need clocks on each side of the bed. Not up for discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    Art, I like it. So is the shelf for the alarm clock a sort of catapult thing that launches the clock across the room and out a window?
    I've never had an issue with alarms. But then, this pedestal does nicely lift it up out of "swing arm over and bash the night table" space.

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    A while back I heard about an alarm clock that was sort of an E-Z-Bale oven with a timer. You put a piece of bacon in it and at the set time, the clock would cook the bacon so you could awaken to that nice aroma. I think that could be nice for awhile.

    I got your file down to 193 Kb (better than a 50% reduction) which zips to a loadable size. Sorry but part of what I had to do was eliminate a couple of materials. There were also a bunch of unused materials that I gor rid of as well as a large quantity of unneeded lines and faces.
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    I like it too, Art. Who says thinkin' outside the box ain't worth it?

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    Someone pointed out to me that a lamp would possibly not work on a table like this. And I think they're probably right. However, I have wall-mounted lamps beside my bed, so it isn't a concern. Just thought I'd mention that here.

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    poking some more...

    My wife thought a larger 'clock perch' might be more versatile, so I've poked some more at the design. I dropped the curved front also, as I thought it looked more out of place on the larger shelf.

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    Here it is with two skinnier posts:
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    Comments? Suggestions? I think that two supports works better with a larger shelf.
    I've thought about curving them a bit, but that doesn't seem in keeping with the tall/shaker lines of the bottom part of the stand.

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    Cool idea, Art. I think I prefer the "two post" version.
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