Panel Nightstands

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:06
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Free plans to build panel nightstand or bedside table from Ana-White.com

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Some of my favorite projects to build are bedside tables or nightstands.  I like how small and inexpensive they are, and it's just the right sized project to bite off in between busy kids schedules and while newborns nap.

My friend Whitney, mother of five, from Shanty2Chic, knows all about this. Whitney is updating her daughter's room and wanted to make new nightstands for her.  We both loved the Kentwood nightstands that Whitney made for her son's room,

But this time, something a little more refined and feminine was in order.

So we teamed up, and this is what we came up with!

I love how the moulding adds a little bit of fancy to this simple nightstand.

Dare I say Whitney nailed this one?

Here's from Whitney:

I am LOVING these new nightstands I made for my daughter.  My favorite part has to be the HIDDEN storage.  These are an easy build and a perfect Kreg Jig project for beginners!  I give lots of tips on placing those pocket holes in my post.  These cost me around $60 a piece to build… Can't beat that!   Thanks so much for working with me on this Ana!

Want to see step by step building photos?  Go check out Whitney's building post for more photos and details, and we'll see you back here for the plans!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana + Fam

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

1 - 1x2 @ 10 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 10 feet long
1/4 sheet of 3/4" plwood (24"x48")
1/2 sheet of 1/4" plywood (48" x 48")
Door not figured in shopping list
Hinges (suggest full inset wrap hinges or surface mount hinges)
6 feet of 5-1/4" base moulding
cove moulding to dress up top and panels if desired

Common Materials
Cut List

SIDE FRAMES
4 - 1x2 @ 27-1/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 12-3/4"

FRONT/BACK FRAMES
4 - 1x3 @ 27-1/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 17"

BOTTOM
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 15-3/4"

SIDE PANELS
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 22-3/4"

TOP
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 24" x 18 1/2" (may wish to add edge banding around top)

BACK
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 22" x 25-1/4"

BASE MOULDING CUT TO FIT

DOOR - 16 - 3/4" x 19"

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

Build the two side frames.

Step 2

Build the front and back frames.

NOTE: Drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward for attaching the top in later steps on the inside of all the sides before assembling the box.

Attach side frames to front and back frames.

Step 3

Add bottom to the frames, using 3/4" pocket holes around all the sides of the bottom shelf.

Step 4

Attach plywood panels to inside of the sides with finish nails and glue. Short nails (like 3/4") would work great here.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach back with glue and finish nails.

Step 7

Attach with glue and finish nails base moulding, mitering corners.

Step 8

Door should be built with 1/8" gap around all sides. Measure and confirm your opening size, and then build the door 1/4" less than the opening. Use inset hinges or surface mount hinges to install doors.

I also love how Whitney built her doors - you can get more details on how she did that here.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.