Cabin Collection Nightstands

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 21:55
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These little guys can be both a nightstand or side bases to form an entire media wall. Features large interior with optional shelf, open base for air circulation, ideal for storing just about anything.


If you are getting frustrated with the technical issues of the site, first of all, let me say, I am so sorry and I promise, I am doing everything I can, day and night - to accommodate the needs of our growing site.  And let me also say, I'm just as frustrated, and found myself in tears yesterday after the migration turned up no thumbnails.

Hours later, still no thumbnails.

Hours later on the phone with technical support, still no thumbnails.

Hours later, we've got thumbnails, but we're back to the shared site.  Sign.

So what's a gal to do when she's stressed out?

I tell  you there are few things more stress relieving than a good ole hammer and nails.  Or an old school sanding block.

And a big ole project . . .

a big BIG ole project.  Productive therapy.

There's something about working hard and seeing actual results - not cross your fingers and hope this works results - that makes you feel satisfied and encouraged inside.

I'm not really sure how I ended up with two pieces that look like they should be nightstands from Crate and Barrel, but I'll take it.  And if you need end tables, nightstands . . . or have a free weekend, and need super storage in your family room, I'm so happy to share this plan with you.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

Shopping List (for ONE nightstand/side base cabinet)

1×12 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×2 @ 6 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
1/4″ up to 3/4″ plywood scrap, (1×16 scrap would be great) 16 3/8″ long
1 set of euro style inset hinges OR basic hinges
handle or nob
2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ finish nails or screws or pocket hole screws
finishing supplies including wood glue and wood filler, paint and primer, or stain

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 19 1/2″ (Sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Trim – cut to the width of your 1x12s)
4 – 2×2 @ 23 1/4″ (legs)
2 – 1×12 @ 15 1/2″ (Shelf)
4 – 2×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Front/Back Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (Top)
1 – 1×12 @ 18 1/2″ (Top)
1 – 1×3 @ 18 1/2″ (Top)
2 – 1×3 @ 15 3/8″ (Door)
3 – 1×2 @ 11 3/8″ (Door)
1/4 – to 1/2″ plywood @ 15 3/8″ x 16 3/8″ (door back)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Side Trim

Attach the side trim to the outsides of the sides as shown above.

Step 2


Keeping the legs flush with the top, attach legs to the sides as shown above. Predrill holes if you are using screws.

Step 3


The bottom shelf sits flush to the bottom. You can either add a second shelf or drill holes for shelf pins for an adjustable shelf. Glue and screw with either pocket hole screws or 2 1/2″ screws.

Step 4

Front/Back Trim

2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6


When you cut your boards, make sure you measure the exact opening of your door, and leave 1/8 gap for a tight fit, 1/4″ (total gap, so that’s 1/8″ all the way around) for a roomier door. If you have a pocket hole system, build the door frame as shown above. You can use a countersink bit or wood dowels to build the door frame too. Otherwise, glue and nail to the back plywood. Keep in mind the allowance need for your hinges. Depending on the type of hinge that you are using, you may need to cut the plywood out around the hinge.

Step 7


Fill holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. Attach door with hinges followed by a handle.


Leah (not verified)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:07

We have been looking for nightstands like this, thank you! Good luck with all the computer stuff, I always look forward to your posts. =) As for stress, remember at least that each day Interior AK is moving closer & closer to spring!

Elvira Clay (not verified)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:12

Thanks for all of your hard are seriously talented! May God continue to bless your endeavors.

jojabis (not verified)

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 22:29

I am so sorry. I just hate to hear of your wohs. I want to thank you from the bottom of a long list of custom hand crafted furniture. Without you, B wouldn't have a bed, nor would A or me and the man. We wouldn't have a perfect table, or one for the whole family of 22 to sit at. Without you we would be entertainment centerless, deskless, bench x 5less, and cubbieless. While I would understand if you just said "enough already" I wanted to say Thank you from Maui where it to snowed this week.

Michelle (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 01:05

As frustrating as it may be - what a wonderful thing to be frustrated about! You, and the site, are doing SO well that you are busting at the seams! It just means we can't get enough of you and the awesome plans you (and now others) give us. I'm sure the ones who are generating all that traffic will stick around through the rough spots... we can't help it, you've got us addicted! :)

Sharon Lambirth (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 02:44

When I saw this, I instantly found my solution for hiding a litter box ! I know that wasn't the intention, but I am tired of looking at it and the cats don't particularly care where it is... so picture a hole cut out of one end, and the door convenient for changing out the box or scooping litter..yay! Thinking of a small shelf inside to hold bags and litter scoop too.

megnstuff (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 02:57

ditto. Almost our whole basement is furnished with handmade Ana Design furniture. And now we can start on an entertainment center!!!
Thank you Ana for all you do. We will be as patient as needed. We are loyal to your site no matter what kind of thumbnail problems you are having :)

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