This cute thing is a handsome fella, don’t you think? I love a nightstand with some interest and the spacing between the trunk and the legs is just the thing, I think, to give this guy something extra in the looks department!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
- 1 – 1×2 at 8’ (will have some left over)
- 1 – 1×3 at 8’ (will have some left over)
- 1 – 2×2 at 8’ (will have some left over)
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 4’x4’
- 1″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1″ Brad Nails or 1″ Wood Screws
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 2×2 at 12” – Legs
- 4 – 1×2 at 17” – Aprons
- 2 – 1×3 at 17-1/2” – Center Supports
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 19”x19-1/2” – Cabinet Bottom
- 2 – 1/2” plywood at 4”x20” – Cabinet Sides
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 3-1/2”x19” – Cabinet Back
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 20”x20” – Cabinet Top
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 17-1/2”x18-3/4” – Drawer Bottom
- 2 – 1/2” plywood at 2-1/2”x17-1/2” – Drawer Sides
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 3”x18-3/4” – Drawer Back
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 3-7/8”x18-3/4” – Drawer Front
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.
Have fun and be sure to take pictures along the way, then you can share them with us to gawk over in a showcase post or via social media using the hashtag #builtTDCtuff – just be sure to tag me @thedesignconfidential or @thedesconf so I am sure to see your hard work! Yahoo
Cut the pieces for the Legs as shown.
Cut the pieces for the Aprons. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of each Apron. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the pieces for the Center Supports. Mark out the curves as shown and cut out with your jigsaw. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of each Center Support.
Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Just a quick note – paint/stain these supports a different color than the other pieces of the nightstand for a great pop of color. If these pieces are painted a darker color, the top portion of the Nightstand will seem like it’s floating!
Cut the piece for the Cabinet Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Cabinet Bottom. Attach to the Center Supports as shown with glue and 1” brad nails or wood screws.
Cut the pieces for the Cabinet Sides and Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Cabinet Back. Apply edge banding if desired to the front of the Cabinet Sides. Attach the Cabinet Sides to the Cabinet Bottom as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.
Attach the Cabinet Back to the Cabinet Sides as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.
Cut the piece for the Cabinet Top. Apply edge banding to all edges if desired. Attach the Cabinet Top to the Cabinet Sides and Cabinet Back as shown with glue and 1” brad nails or wood screws.
Cut the pieces for your Drawer Sides, Drawer Bottom, Drawer Back, and Drawer Front. Apply edge banding to all edges of the Drawer Front if desired. These pieces can be secured using 1” brad nails and glue or 1” wood screws with a countersink bit to predrill and glue. Note that the Drawer Front will overhang the Drawer Box on the bottom by 1/2” and on the top by 3/8”.
Slide the fully assembled Drawer into the Cabinet as shown. After sanding, staining, and sealing, you may want to apply a coat of paste wax to the bottoms of the Drawer to help it slide smoothly. Add drawer hardware such as a pull or knob if desired. All you have left to do is dress this cutie up with a beautiful lamp, fresh flowers, and a good book!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School