Farmhouse Bedside Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:04
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A bedside table to match our Farmhouse Beds. Features one large bottom shelf and one large drawer built with no drawer slides.  Free step by step plans with diagrams created by Ana White.

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Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 – 1×12 @ 6 feet long

2 – 1×6 @ 8 feet long

4 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long

2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long

1/4″ plywood scrap, at least 24″ x 8″ (minimum, ideally 26″ x 8 1/2″)

2 1/2″ Screws or Pocket Hole Screws

1 1/4″ Finish nails or Screws

Wood Glue, wood filler and finishing supplies

2 Knobs

Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 8 3/4″ (Sides)

2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Trim – needs to be width of your 1x12s)

4 – 2×2 @ 26 1/4″ (Legs)

2 – 2×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Stretchers, same width as your 1x12s)

6 – 2×2 @ 23″ (Front/Back Trim)

1 – 1/4″ Plywood or paneling or other sheet goods @ 26″ x 8 1/2″ (back, optional)

3 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Top Supports)

3 – 1×6 @ 28″ (Top)

2 – 1×6 @ 22 3/4″ (Front and Back of Drawer)

2 – 1×6 @ 11 1/2″ (Width of 1×12 – Sides of Drawers)

1 – 1×12 @ 21 1/4″ (Bottom of drawer)

1 – 1×12 @ 26″ (Bottom Shelf)

2 – 1×2 @ 23″ (Bottom Shelf Trim)

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


Step 1

Sides Build the sides by screwing or nailing from the insides into the back sides of the 1×2 trim, as shown above. Remember that the 1x2s are on the outside, so hide your fasteners on the back side. Use glue. Make sure trim is flush on top and ends with the 1×12. You will need to build two of these.

Step 2

Legs Next add the legs to the project as shown above. Predrill holes and use glue and 2 1/2″ screws. Finish with the bottom stretcher. You will need to do this on both sides.

Step 3

Front/Back Trim Join the two side pieces with the front and back trim as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Back This could even be a stiff cardboard or hardboard if that’s what you have on hand. Try asking at your hardware store for a scrap piece of plywood or a damaged sheet to save extra money. Tack on with either 1 1/4″ finish nails or screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Top The top needs to overhang the base by 1″ on all sides. If you have a pocket hole system, build your top, then screw the base to the top through the supports. Otherwise, screw the supports to the top, starting with the middle top board, and minimizing gaps between the boards as you screw the outer boards to the supports.

Step 7

Drawer Build your drawer as shown above. Use screws and glue. The bottom is inset, with all sides screwed into the bottom. The front is merely false cuts made with a circular saw with the saw blade set at 1/8″.

Step 8

Drawer Slides What I would start with is screwing the drawer slides in place, flush with the bottom of the sides. Then fit the drawer in and unscrew the drawer slide and adjust until the gap around the top and sides is even and the drawer slides in and out nicely.

Step 9

Front Trim Attach the front trim to the legs as shown above, leaving an even gap on the underside of the drawer.

Step 10

Bottom Shelf You can lay the bottom shelf on the side stretchers, or you can screw to the legs as shown above.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
For a stained finish, be very careful to not let glue dry on any exposed seams or areas. Sand and stain, followed with wood filler that matches the stain, followed with a light sanding, a second coat of stain, and a clear top coat.


Ellen Farrow (not verified)

Sun, 01/16/2011 - 14:31

I think you must be psychic, as every time I need something you have just posted plans for the very thing that would fit the bill. I just finished the "taller, thinner bookcase" and put it in my hallway temporarily. I thought, gosh, it would be nice to have something there, but not so big...and this will be perfect I think! But first I have to prime and paint the Dress-up center, the Grace's Table and 4 stackable chairs, and the bookcase. It has been way too much fun building everything. Thanks for the plans and the inspiration!

Marla (not verified)

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 02:47

Ana- we are in the process of building 2 of these and unless I've completely lost it, the cut list is short (2) 1x2s for the side trim. You list (5) 1x2s cut at 11 1/2" for the project, but (7) is needed... Am I the only one that was short? Anyway, I thought I'd letcha know! :) Will send pictures after we are finished!

Maria (not verified)

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 13:16

I second Marla! I think the cut list is missing 1x2s....I am missing 4 1x2s in the cut list, the drawer slides and the side trim. Thank goodness I have the scrap lumber to keep going anyway! So excited about these! They are going next to the farmhouse bed that my fiance built me as a surprise for Christmas :)

Michelle (not verified)

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 08:43

Ana, this is a PERFECT project for my 11 y/o son! We homeschool, and are looking for an art project (just finishing a unit on early american art/furniture building). He is excited about this one, and eager to build something he can use in his room! Will be posting plenty of pictures when we finish!

Becky V (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 05:57

Looks great! - I have a couple of questions on the drawers - 1) What does "inset" mean? 2) Do you screw from the front and back pieces into the side pieces and then fill the front screw holes ?

Becky (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 06:11

Looks great! About to start work and have acouple of questions on the drawer assembly - 1) what does "inset" mean and 2) Do the screws go from the fromt and back pieces into the sides? If so, presumably I'll need to fill the front screw holes?

Donna (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 09:50

No, you;'re right. I was wondering why I only had 5 1x2's and reading I needed 7. i kept reading the plans over and over to make sure I was right.


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 20:16

I've been looking at possibly doing this beautiful plan, and agree--it does look like the cut list is missing something. I think instead of

2 - 1 x 2 @ 11 1/2"

it should be three times that--6 pieces cut at 11 1/2". The reason being, you need two for each side of the table, plus drawer slides (the measurement for these is in the graphic).

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