Reclaimed Wood Look Bedside Table

Submitted by frymaster on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 09:01

This was my first bedstand build, and I was pleased with how they turned out! A possible recommendation might be to make your own 2x2's if you have the means, I looked everywhere around here and could only find firring strips. These look ok after a good bit of sanding, but the huge radius edges make for some funny looking joints, and they're super inconsistent dimensionally - like off by 1/8" smallest to biggest, which can make issues with fitting drawers. Another option would be to build the base frame, then make the drawers once it's all together and modify dimensions slightly to match. I would also note to make sure your drawer bottoms are flush with the outside of the drawer side to side, and not slightly bigger at all, it made for pretty a pretty tight fit for the drawers to make it in. Squareness was paid extra attention thanks to all of the good comments on these plans, and I didn't seem to have any issue with drawers fitting as a result, just a bit snug. I would suggest using 1x4 for the drawer frames for two reasons: The first is that the drawers are pretty shallow, and there's plenty of room to use 1x4 instead of the 1x3. The second was the alignment of the drawer pulls and the top of the drawer box frame. Mine ended up right on the border of the drawer box frame in order to get the drawer pull centered. This was a problem as I had to grind off the edge of the interior box frame to get the screw to fit. If you had a 1x4, you could just countersink it without any issues, since it wouldn't be right on the edge of the drawer box. Overall awesome project, and great plans! Thanks Ana!

Estimated Cost
$150 for two
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Dark Walnut, two coats, 5 coats of poly on top, 3 everywhere else.
Recommended Skill Level