How To Build A Nightstand With 2 Drawers – Learn how to make this beautiful side table with lots of storage for your blankets, books or games.
I have a new side table project to share and I'm so happy with the result! I've partnered with my friends at Build Something to bring you a printable plan for this project, which you can download on their site. This side table has lots of storage and plenty of space to display your books or home decor. I've shared a photo tutorial below and I've also included a video of the entire build.
How To Build A Nightstand With 2 Drawers
The beauty of making your own furniture is that it costs a lot less to make than to buy. Actually, I was talking about this recently and I said that I make furniture for my concern. Seriously! If a piece of furniture lasts for years, even better! But if my tastes suddenly change and I decide I want to build something new for the room, I'm not going to break the bank by buying new furniture.
Modern Pioneer Solid Wood 2 Drawer Nightstand
Another big advantage? If something needs fixing, you can fix it very easily. For example, your older child's friend gets locked under the younger child's bed and decides to come out and kick the door. You can fix it! Trust me, it really helped me relax when that happened. Imagine if I bought that captain's bed and tried to find a replacement door?!
I made this side table using coarsely chopped coarse alder. This meant I had to grind the wood to size. I created the plans for this project to show the lumber dimensions (example: 2×2 is 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) to make it easier to follow.
When I use knotty alder this means I have some large knots in the wood. I filled everything with epoxy which I colored with gray pigment powder. It fills them up really nicely and gives a fuller look.
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To get started, you need to make the side panels and shelves. Cut each lumber to the dimensions listed on the printable plans. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes in the board. Glue and tape the pieces together, then secure with 1 1/4″ pocket screws. I cut the panel boards a little bit longer because it was hard to make sure they were completely flush with each other. I used my adaptive cropping system to the end of the square, then rotated the panel to reduce the size. I followed the same steps to make the table shelves.
Drill 3/4″ pocket holes on all four sides of the side panels and on each side of the shelf.
Drill 3/4″ pocket holes in the boards that make up the front and back drawer side panels. Glue and staple the boards together, then secure with 1 1/4″ pocket screws.
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With the panels ready, it's time to assemble the table base. Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes in 17 1/2″ 2×2 pieces. Glue and glue these pieces to the top and bottom edges of the side panels. Secure in place with 1 1/4″ pocket screws. Attach the legs with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket screws and 1 1/4″ pocket screws where the panel meets the legs.
Attach the extenders to the front and back of the table base, 1 1/2″ above the bottom of the legs. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws to attach them.
Glue and hold the solid board back panel in place. Secure with 1 1/4″ pocket screws.
Modern White Nightstand With 2 Drawer And Gold Legs Homary
For the table top, I ripped 6/4 alder knots 5 1/2″ wide. 6/4 lumber is 1 1/2″ thick, so ripping it to a width of 5 1/2″ is the same as a 1 x 6 board. Again, I cut these boards a little longer to cut later. I glued the edges of the boards and glued them together. Be careful not to clamp too tight when gluing the top so it doesn't bend. I let the glue dry overnight, then trimmed the table top to size on my Adaptive Cutting System.
I used table fasteners to attach the table top to the base. I used three on each side and traced the shorter sides with a pencil. Using a 3/4″ Forstner bit on my drill bit, I drilled the hole 1/8″ deep. The binder should be flush with the top of the base. I added the fasteners with 1 1/4″ wood screws. I aligned the table top on the base and then glued it in place. I then attached it to the other side of the binder with 1 1/4″ wood screws.
I cut my piece of plywood to 7″ wide and then cut it to length on my miter saw. I drilled 3/4″ pocket holes in the front and back of the drawer box. I glued and glued the pieces together, then secured them with 1 1/4″ pocket screws. I cut 1/4″ plywood to fit the dimensions of the drawer box, then attached it with wood glue and 3/4″ narrow crown staples. You can also use nail clippers for this.
Black Walnut Wood Nightstand W/ 2 Drawers
Attach the drawer slides using the Kreg drawer slide ports. For this table, place the drawer slide ports in the bottom extension and tape them in place. Drill 1/16″ pilot holes in the drawer slide holes and attach them with the included screws.
For chests of drawers, place drawer slides on each side of the chest of drawers. Drill pilot holes then attach with the included screws.
To attach the drawer fronts, use Craig's cabinet hardware ports to drill the handle/pull holes you added. Adjust the port so that the hole placement is the same as your hardware. Simply drill a hole in the front of the drawer. Center the drawer front on the drawer box. Playing cards work best to set the same length. Drive a 1 1/4″ wood screw through the hole and into the drawer box. Pull the drawer out and drill pilot holes near the four corners on the inside of the drawer box. Attach the drawer fronts with 1 1/4″ wood screws. Finish drilling a 3/16″ hole through the first two holes. Install the drawer/pull handles.
August Grove® Nipote Solid + Manufactured Wood Nightstand & Reviews
This project can be done however you want. I'm opting to leave it natural for now until I build a coffee table to match it. I need some time to decide how I want to finish.
I'll be honest, I like black hardware over natural wood. I can lighten up enough to end this. What do you think
Be sure to visit Build Something to find plans for this project! If you want to add it to your project list, be sure to pin it later!
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Disclosure: I was provided with a product and/or compensation for this post. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own. Learn how to make a DIY nightstand with drawers! For our bedroom makeover, I knew I wanted to make a pair of DIY wooden nightstands either side of our bed. We used my old IKEA bedside table and a set of plastic drawers for Brandon, haha! It's definitely time to upgrade! Now I love having this pair of really sturdy wooden nightstands we made! And I also love their modern rustic look! I have the full tutorial, video tutorial and construction plans printable below! This bedside table can be made from premium wood or intricate pine (for 2×2 and 1×6) to save money. We made one with 2×2 featherboard and another with premium 2×2 featherboard. It costs about $90 with premium and $50 with cheap wood to build. If you're using a 2×2 furring board, be sure to size it if it's a little shorter than 1.5″ like a premium board. If so, be sure to adjust the size of the pieces below to account for those differences when building. Final Nightstand Measurements: 26 1/4″ high x 20″ wide x 16″ deep Please note, this post contains multiple affiliate links. For more information see my disclosure here. How to make a DIY nightstand with drawers: (4) 2×2 @ 8ft(1) 3/4″ x 16″ x 48″ edge glued panel board**(1) 2ft x 2ft plywood @ 1/4″ thick ( 1 ) 1×6 @ 6ft(1) 1×4 @ 6ft12″ or 14″ Drawer Slide Pack 3/4″ & 1″ Wood Screws1 1/4″ Brad Nails1 1/4″ & 2 1/2″ Craig Screws1 / 4 ″ Wood Skim or Paint Stick (1) 1/2″ x 2″ x 3 ft. Board or 1/2″ Plywood Cabinet Knobs Paint or Wood Stain Craig Jig (also available here) Miter Saw Circular Saw or Table Saw DrillBrad Level Nailer SquareClamps **Do Make sure to measure the actual width of the paneling and make sure it is 16″ wide. We found
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