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.


Cindy (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 08:38

Ana, thank you for all you do. We love you and everything you so generously give to us. Thisw weekend, put your feet up and have a beer or a mug of cocoa with the Ram. xo

Jamie Dafoe (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 09:21

You are awesome Ana! My goodness you are providing a free site for all of us to save money and have good furniture! Its no biggy if we cant get to things from time to time! Just reminds us that sometimes we need to take a step back from our on demand lifestyle and have patience! Thank you for all you do and all your non paid, non salaried work!

trish (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 09:53

Don't stress out too much, Ana (I know easier said than done!). I love your site and have been a follower for just under a year. I am very happy to say that no matter the trials, I am willing to see them through with you as are a ton of other readers no doubt. I have seen some of the glitches that have happened and can definitely attribute them to the great but unreliable world of computers. We all know that if you could control everything it would be glitch free : ) That said, if things always ran perfectly we would never grow in such experiences. Love your site no matter what!

Theresa (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:41

Great project. Don't let the site problems get you down. We sure aren't going any where. Thank you for all that you do for us. Theresa

Chelle (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:46

Yea! These are definitely THE nightstands. Awesome! Good luck with the computer woes, I hate that stuff!

Cheryl (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:46

Love these! Ana, thanks so much for all the hours and work that you put into your site! You're so giving and generous. As I've said before, I (and so many others) truly appreciate you.

CC (Cheryl in Canada)

Gwenevere (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 11:40

Will that entertainment center have sliding hideaway/pocket doors, it almost looks like it but I can't tell. It never ceases to amazing how much less my kids ask me to watch TV when they can 't see if.

Lori (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 12:50

Try not to stress out too much. You're doing an amazing job with the website; and by the way, it's the BEST one I've ever come across! I've told my husband over and over about how much I love this website and I think what you're doing is so great. I just can't get over the fact that I can actually make my own furniture now, and I'm saving, literally, thousands of dollars!! I think you're amazing! May God continue to Bless You!

Eodiin (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 13:18

Hey! I actually LIVE in a cabin so this is perfect! I actually just saw a base like this one and thought it would be a perfect base for my bookshelves so this is really a godsend for me. Thank you so much, and good luck with your tech issues. :)

Rachelle (not verified)

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 14:43

Thank you, Thank you for everything. This is the media unit (when all the plans are up) that we are going to build. You had me with the doors. Thanks for your wonderful site and all of your hard work. Love it.