build two nightstands from 1 sheet of plywood! As seen on HGTV Saving Alaska with Ana White
For TWO Nightstands
1 - sheet of 3/4" thick plywood ripped into strips 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long
1 - sheet of 1/4" plywood or other hardboard for backs and drawer bottoms
2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long (for building drawers)
1 - 1x8 @ 5 feet long (drawer faces)
1-1/4" pocket hole screws for assembling carcass and drawers
3/4" finish nails or brads for attaching back and drawer bottom
1-1/4" finish nails or brads for attaching trim/drawer face
2 - set of drawer slides (recommend euro style drawer slide, 14" length)
2 knobs or handles
Edge banding is recommend for stained finish
12 feet of base moulding (4-1/4")
12 feet of cove moulding for the top edge
For TWO nightstands
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 30" (tops)
4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 29-1/4" (sides)
4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 28-1/2" (shelves)
4 - 1x2 @ 28-1/2" (bottom shelf support)
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 30"
DRAWERS - Adjust to fit your openings and drawer slides, measurements shown are for 1/2" clearance (1" overall clearance) drawers slides)
4 - 1x6 @ 14"
4 - 1x6 @ 26"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 27-1/2" x 14" (drawer bottoms)
2 - 1x8 @ 28-1/4" (drawer face)
Cut moulding to fit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build the basic box out of the plywood. If you are staining, you may wish to edge band the front edges before you assemble.
Shelf can be attached fixed (you may wish to attach after installing the drawer) or you can make a floating shelf with shelf pins.
This board will tie in the bottom, help keep the piece square, and also give you something to attach the base moulding to.
Attach back to the back with glue and finish nails.
Miter the corners of the base moulding and wrap bottom with finish nails and glue.
Install drawer inside cabinet, not more than 7" from top (to allow drawer face to hide drawer box) using drawer slides. Inset drawers 3/4" from outside of the nightstand.
Attach drawer face to front of drawer with a couple of finish nails from outside. Then remove drawer and add a few 1-1/4" screws from inside.
TIP: attach hardware to drawer face first.
Trim bottom edge of drawer out with remaining 1x2. Can be attached with pocket holes or 1-1/4" finish nails from outside.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.