Fremont Nightstand

Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart's Fremont Nightstand takes Greene & Greene influence to new heights. Featuring three drawers, breadboard ends, finger joints, and custom drawer pulls, this heirloom piece will challenge and expand your woodworking skillset.

Made from Mahogany and Ebony, the dimensions are 26″ W x 18″D x 27″H

  • 18 lessons
  • 264 min
  • $100.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Paper patterns so you can make your own hard templates.
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (19 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn

  • Material Selection
  • End Panel Faux-rail Construction
  • Ebony pegs
  • Greene & Greene edge/corner treatment
  • Biscuit joinery
  • Domino Joinery
  • Finger Joints
  • Spline joinery
  • Greene & Greene Ebony Splines
  • Breadbaord Ends
  • Drawer Construction
  • Hanging Drawers on wooden runners
  • Pattern Making
  • Making offset matching pattern
  • Template Routing
  • Cloud lifts
  • Shaping /pillowing proud fingers
  • Making a G&G Pull
  • Discussion on Greene & Greene Design
  • Greene and Greene finishing

What You’ll Need:

Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what Darrell used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.

Tools

  • Table Saw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Router/Router table
  • Plunge router
  • Bandsaw
  • Hand Drill
  • Drill Press
  • Spindle Sander
  • Buffing wheel
  • Disc sander
  • Hollow Chisel Mortiser
  • Biscuit joiner
  • Domino DF 500
  • Sharp flat bottom dado head

Bits

  • 1/8” aircraft (long) drill bit
  • Countersink bit for #6 screw
  • 5/8” collar
  • 1” collar
  • ¼” straight or spiral bit
  • 5/16” spiral bit
  • 1/8” round over
  • Top bearing Flush trim bit
  • Bottom bearing flush trim bit
  • ¼” spiral flush trim
  • ½”Spiral flush trim bit w/
    • 5/8” oversize bearing
    • ¾” oversize bearing
  • ¾” straight or end mill bit
  • 1” straight or end mill bit
  • 3/8” bull nose spiral
  • ¼” spline (slotting) cutter

Hand Tools

  • Lee Valley Square punches ( with appropriate drill bits)
    • ¼”
    • 5/16”
  • Small plastic headed mallet
  • Calipers capable of measuring to .oo1
  • Fine grain rasp
  • Medium grain rasp
  • Flush trim hand saw
  • Sharp chisels

Finishing

  • Stain applicator
  • General finishes dye stain  medium brown
  • General finishes dye stain  orange
  • Sam Maloof  Poly/Oil Finish

Misc. Stuff

  • Table saw sled
  • Heavy duty Double back tape
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Sanding mops – 120 grit

 

The history of the design, from Darrell Peart:

The Fremont Nightstand came about as many designs do from a client request. My client had purchased an Aurora Chest of Drawers and wanted two three-drawer Nightstands as companions. My Aurora nightstand only had one drawer, and in my mind, adding two more drawers to the design simply would not work. I had to start fresh.  I decided to retain the single drawer from the Aurora NS as the top drawer for the new piece. I also decided upon case construction (as opposed to legs and aprons) – which allowed me to use the tapered leg from the Chest of Drawers.

It had been a few years since I had designed the Chest of Drawers and in the meantime some tweaks to the design had been bouncing around in my head. The most important of these was a re-work of the leg to add a sort of corbel at the top. In my mind the corbel reaches out and gives added visual support to the top.

This was one of those magical designs that took form as if I were just sitting back and watching the process take place. Subconsciously, I think I had worked out much of this design even before I had the client request.

The biggest problem this piece presented was – what to name it! I already had an Aurora Nightstand  – and I did not want to go with Aurora Nightstand II.  So thinking back – the original inspiration for my Aurora series came when standing in line at the grocery store while looking out the window to the arches in the Aurora Bridge.  The Aurora Bridge connects the Fremont District in Seattle with Queen Anne. I was standing on the Fremont side of the bridge. If I had been standing on the Queen Anne side – that would have complicated things!

Reviews:

I recently completed a pair of Fremont nightstands. They’re lovely, and I’m proud of them.

This course is terrific. I learned a great deal, and Darrell and Marc made very accessible the skills required to build a Greene and Greene design.

I am certain to undertake the G&G dresser – course slated for release in late 2020…..and, most probably, any other such courses Darrell and Marc release in the future.

I most strongly recommend this course; it’s exceptionally well done.

Trent Guerrero
Guild Member

I was fortunate to get to host Darrell and his wife last spring for a two-day seminar at the Santa Fe Community College department of Fine Woodworking. I had been holding off starting this project until after the seminar knowing that the little tips and tricks you pick up at these seminars can make a big difference. I adapted Darrell’s design to be used as a file cabinet. I’m very happy with the results. Darrell’s teaching methods are excellent, very approachable, always willing to give the most honest answer he can to any question. I highly recommend this project.

Mick Simon
Guild Member

This is one that I’m super keen to have a crack at. Was very great to see how such an elegant piece of furniture can be made in such a simple and methodical way with a few great little tips along the way.

shanesmith80
Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart started his career in the early 1970’s making and selling small wooden items at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. To broaden his experience, he then went on to work for various high-end custom shops throughout the Puget Sound area gaining an extensive background in both commercial and custom furniture making.

Exploring new design ideas is where Darrell’s passion lies. Although the influence of Greene and Greene can clearly be seen in his work – he draws inspiration from other varied sources as well.

Darrell also writes and lectures about design, woodworking, and the history of Greene & Greene. He has written articles for Home Furniture, Today’s Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, Woodworker West, Style 1900, British Woodworking, 360 Woodworking, The SAPFM Journal, and Australian Wood Review.

His first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published in April 2006 by Linden Press followed by his second book In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker, in 2013.