Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a RH Inspired Kenwood Nightstand

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I love the look of this collection, with the planked panels and strap hinges! Depending on the finish you use, this could have either a rustic or modern appearance!

Estimated Cost 

Around $40

Dimensions for This Project


Tape Measure

Saw: Jig, Circular, or Miter



Kreg Jig

Brad nailer


1/2 sheet of 3/4″ plywood

1/4 sheet of 1/4 plywood

6 – 1×3 at 8'

1 – 1×2 at 6' or a scrap piece at least 18″ long


1 1/4″ pocket hole screws

1 1/4″ brad nails

Drawer pull or Door Handle

2 – strap hinges

Wood filler

Sanding Supplies

Wood glue

Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

1 – 1×2 at 17 3/4″ -Front Frame

6 – 1×3 at 12 1/2″ -Door Frame, Side Frames

5 – 1×3 at 14 1/4″ -Door

1 – 1×3 at 17 3/4″ -Front Frame

10 – 1×3 at 18 1/2″ -Side Panels

2 – 1×3 at 19 1/4″ -Door Frame

6 – 1×3 at 26 1/4″ -Side Frames, Front Frame

1 – 1/4″ ply at 21 3/4″ x 22 3/4″ -Back

2 – 3/4″ ply at 17 1/2″ x 21 1/4″ -Shelf & Bottom

1 – 3/4″ ply at 18 3/4″ x 23 1/4″ -Top


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

Step 1 

Cut out the pieces as listed for the sides. You should have four 1×3 pieces at 12 1/2″ which will be the tops and bottoms for each side, four 1×3 pieces at 26 1/4″ for the sides of the frames, and ten 1×3 pieces at 18 1/2″ for the panels. I like to drill all of my pocket holes first, then assemble.

Step 2

Step 2 

Cut and attach shelf and bottom. As a note, the top of the board used for the bottom should be flush with the top of the lower rail on the sides, see drawing.

Step 3

Step 3 

Cut the back from the 1/4″ material. Attach with glue and nails (or a brad nailer) after making sure the cabinet is square.

Step 4

Step 4 

Cut the door frame pieces. I like to assemble these frames as one piece (face frame) rather than attach them individually, so use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. Attach to front with glue and nails (or a brad nail).

Step 5

Step 5 

Cut and attach top. The top will overhang the front and sides by 1/4″. It can be attached by using a brad nailer and fastening directly through the top into the sides and the front frame or by using 1″ angle brackets.

Step 6

Cut the pieces for the door: you should have two 1×3 pieces at 12 1/2″ for the top and bottom of the frame, two 1×3 pieces at 19 1/4″ for the sides and five 1×3 pieces at 14 1/4″ for the panel. The door should have an 1/8″ gap on all sides between it and the frame.

Step 7 

Attach the hinges and the knob. I find it easier to attach the hinges to the door first, then line it up and use shims to help keep it in place while attaching the hinge to the frame but use whatever method you feel comfortable with is fine.

Finishing Instructions 

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability.

If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly on the cabinet and shelves, and brush-on poly for the top for added durability.

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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