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EM3 10-29-2011 10:29 PM

Shoji bedside table
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I know I am real new to this but I have been wanting to do different type bedroom that includes a step chest and Shoji type bedside tables. I need the table to be 15 by 15 max with a 16 by 16 top max. I need them to have a solid back with a place for a 60 watt light in the back and the 3 sides need to have a grid design and the front must open with a door for storage. The table needs to be between 26 and 27 inches high. I am having a bear of a time trying to figure this out. Can anyone help? If you need an example just search just Google for Shoji table.

WHWoodworking 11-01-2011 07:40 PM

What exactly are you trying to figure out? You seem to know what you want including the dimensions and other details. Be more specific as to what your question is. :-)

EM3 11-01-2011 11:13 PM

Ok I was thinking of doing 2 by 2 legs and use 3/4 inch ply for the sides. My problem is how do I attach a bottom to it and how do I attach a door to the front. Guess more specifically where do I attach it to get it to open up. I am open for suggestion on how to do the grid work. I was thinking pocket screws for the sides to the legs or

Maybe I should shut up and go sit in the corner. I feel so stupid.

WHWoodworking 11-02-2011 02:14 PM

Ok, let's address a few things here. First, you want storage inside but want a light. That presents a couple problems. First, whatever you store is going to be affected by the heat of the light. Second, whatever you store will case shadows onto the shoji paper. I don't think that's a good idea. Either do storage or lighting but I wouldn't do both.

Regarding the use of plywood: Are you going to paint or stain? If painting, then ply is probably ok, just sand it good. I prefer mdf or birch veneer and poplar lumber for painted projects.

On the grid, you'll want to use a half lap joint wherever the pieces intersect. That's where you remove half of the material from each piece. A bit time consuming if done by hand but can be done easily with a radial arm or table saw.

As far as the design itself, that's probably going to be a trial and error process for you since you're a newbie and it's something we've all had to go through. Maybe look for plans for something similar but there will be a lot of joinery techniques required for this. It's an ambitious project for a newcomer but it's how you learn. If you make a mistake, learn from it and start over. I've been doing this off and on for 25 years and I still learn things with each project.

EM3 11-03-2011 10:22 AM

The light isn't a must have. I just keep a few little odds and ends in my nightstand. I think in mine there is maybe a knife (in case of a zombie attack), a few photography magazines and that is about it. The wifes however is a different story because she is into journaling big time and hers is packed with journals and pens. So I may scratch the idea of the light. BTW only three sides will look like a lantern the back will be a solid piece.

For the plywood I was thinking black paint and for the main 2 by 2 legs I was thinking of something with a dark stain. Not sure what kind of wood yet.

Now concerning the gridwork that is where I am at a standstill since I have neither of those tools. I mainly have a circular saw, drill and not much else. Also I was thinking maybe trying to use pocket screws and glue to join the sides to the legs. I know how some people feel about that but with limited tools that is about my only option short of butt joints and glue.

For attaching the door I was thinking of using a few small butt hinges and magnetic latches.

The panels for the door will be 15 inches wide and 25 and 1/2 inches tall. I was also thinking about leaving 1 inch of wood on the sides and 1 and 1/2 inches on the top and bottom of the door panel solid for looks and hardware attachment. That would make the actual area for the grid 13 wide by 24 tall. Just trying to figure what size the squares should be for looks.

I sat down last night with 2 Dead Guy Ales and put pen to Ipad and started doing rough sketches. Still stumped on attaching the bottom though.

WHWoodworking 11-04-2011 03:11 AM

As far as the bottom, either use pocket screws to attach to the sides or 3/4"x3/4" cleats. For the grid, you'll probably have to cut the lap joints by hand, either with a chisel or even a utility knife.

paragonremodeling 11-04-2011 08:46 AM

Many people find it soothing, simple lines. Since the bedroom is your refuge deep within, is the sanctuary, should give you comfort as you enter the room.

EM3 11-04-2011 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by paragonremodeling (Post 258851)
Many people find it soothing, simple lines. Since the bedroom is your refuge deep within, is the sanctuary, should give you comfort as you enter the room.

I eventually will start on these soon I hope. We were going to add a bedroom on to the house this year but things got pushed back after my father in law fell off the roof of his house onto concrete changing out a window. He will be ok he is in physical therapy now but I am taking this time to design these tables. Eventually when I am good enough I want to build a step chest or maybe 2.

customone 11-05-2011 02:27 PM

Your intended design is pretty straight forward. I would seriously consider investing in a table saw and a router. these are the two fundamental tools needed to build anything.

The grid work is rather simple process but without a table saw or router very difficult.

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