Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Vintage Fir Nightstand

07.10.10 By //
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These nightstands are fabulous for either side of your bed, but I think they would make super stylish end tables to flank your sofa as well!


  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • 1 – 2×10 @ 10'
  • 1 – 2×10 @ 6'
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 6' (check for any scraps available in this before purchasing)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 10'
  • 1 – 3/4″ Plywood Sheet at 4'x8'
  • 2 1/2″ Screws
  • 2″ Screws
  • **1 1/4″ Screw – optional for joining boards together.
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
  • 4 – 2×10 @ 24″ (Top and Bottom)
  • 4 – 2×10 @ 16 1/2″ (Sides)
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 21″ (Drawer Face)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 21″ (Base Frame)
  • 4 – 1×2 @ 13 1/2″ (Base Frame)
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 19 1/2 x 17″ (Top of Drawer Casing)
  • 2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 21 x 4 3/4″ (Sides of Drawer Casing)
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 21 x 17 3/4″ (Bottom of Drawer Casing)
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 19 1/2 x 16 1/4″ (Drawer Bottom)
  • 2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 16 1/4 x 3 1/4″ (Drawer Sides)
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 19 1/2 x 4″ (Drawer Back)
  • **Optional: 1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 15 1/2 x 3 1/4″ (Drawer Front)

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Build the Frame for the Base: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue.

Step 2

Pair the 2×10's together, 2 per side, for all 4 sides and Bevel Cut the Edges at a 45° Angle (this is a miter along an edge rather than the length). Do this for both outside edges of each pair. ** After you have Bevel Cut your edges, Glue the Boards together. ** I have designed the Casing to actually fasten and hold the Boards in place for this project, however, you now have the option to either fasten them together using 1 1/4″ screws from the edge of one board (on the inside or shorter side) up and into the adjacent board at an angle or if you own a Kreg Jig, then you can use that as well. This is not a necessary step, but is an option available to you.

Step 3

Attach the top of the Drawer Casing to the bottom of the nightstand Top: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue, fasten from the plywood side so that you don't have to fill screw holes.

Step 4

Attach the Back and Sides of the Drawer Casing: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue.

Step 5

Attach what will be the bottom of the Drawer Casing (even though you are working upside down at the moment): Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue.

Step 6

Attach the Sides to the Top and the Drawer Casing: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue to fasten to the Drawer Casing and 2 1/2″ Screws to fasten the sides to the top. The Drawer Casing will essentially hold the 2 boards. that make up each side, together. Do not attach the bottom yet.

Step 7

Attach the Bottom to the Base Frame: Use 2 1/2″ Screws and Wood Glue, fasten from underneath up through the frame and into the bottom of the nightstand. This will keep you from filling screw holes.

Step 8

Attach the Sides and Bottom: Use 2 1/2″ Screws and Wood Glue. Fasten from underneath to avoid screw holes.

Step 9

Build the Drawer: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue and notice how the pieces line up in the image below. You can fasten a drawer front to this as explained in the step below to keep from filling screw holes on the drawer face, but it will remove a bit of the depth from your drawer and is a tiny bit redundant. It is merely for aesthetic purposes, so I will leave this up to you. If you elect to do this step, the piece will measure 15 1/2 x 3 1/4″ and sit right on top of the bottom and attach to the bottom and sides.

Step 10

Attach the Drawer Face: Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue. If you don't want to fill screw holes, you can fasten a front to your drawer, just inside the front edges. then when you attach the drawer face you will fasten from inside the drawer front.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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