Rustic bedside table or nightstand - farmhouse style. Free plans from ANA-WHITE.com
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 10 feet long
1/4" plywood for back
3 knobs or pulls
3 sets 16" White Euro style drawer slides like shown in this plan
4 - 1x2 @ 14" (Side Trim)
8 - 1x4 @ 23 1/4" (Side Panels)
4 - 2x2 @ 27 1/4" (Legs)
6 - 2x2 @ 16" (Front/Back Tie ins)
1 - 2x2 @ 14" (Center Tie In)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 19" x 23 1/4" (Back)
1 - 1x2 @ 21" (Top)
4 - 1x4 @ 21" (Top)
1 - 1x3 @ 21" (Top Front) Drawer cut list in plan
Dire to the success of this project is using straight boards that measure true to width as follows: 1x6 - 5 1/2" wide 1x4 - 3 1/2" wide 1x3 - 2 1/2" wide 2x2 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" If your boards do not measure to these widths, you will need to adjust the plan. If your boards are not straight - namely the 1x4 side panels, you could have trouble with the drawers.
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!
If you have a Kreg Jig, attach the panel boards to each other first with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, with your jig set for 3/4" stock. This will make the panel a solid piece. Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue the panel trim, flush to top and bottom. Ensure that your panels are square (very important!)
Now attach legs to ends of panels as shown in diagram, flush to tops.
Whenever you build for drawers it is crucial that your project is very very square, or your drawers will not slide correctly. Attach the front/back tie ins, and check the entire project for square, measuring from opposite leg to opposite leg on both the top and bottom of the legs. You can also use 2 1/2" screws and wood glue to attach tie ins, with predrilled screws and wood glue.
Add the center support as shown above.
Now the top, start at the back with the 1x2 and attach flush to the back, 1" overhangs on both sides. Continue adding 1x4s, and finally, the front is a 1x3 . . . Would be super cute to leave the top wood and paint the base a distressed finish.
Now the drawers . . . Super important to build square drawers. Your drawer boxes should be built 1" less in width than the drawer housing (the interior of the project) to give clearance for drawer slides. The "perfect" measurements are shown here, but you may need to adjust for differing board thicknesses 6 - 1x3 @ 14 1/2" (Sides) 6 - 1x3 @ 15" (Fronts and Backs) 3 - 1/4" Plywood @ 16" x 15" (Drawer Bottoms) 3 - 1x6 @ 15 3/4" (Drawer Faces) Don't add the drawer faces quite yet. For a drawer with higher sides, you can also use 1x4s.
Install drawer boxes as shown above, inset by 3/4" from the front of the project. Make sure your drawers slide well. Then position the drawer faces over the drawer boxes until there is an even 1/8" gap on all sides and nail drawer faces on. Be aware of hardware locations so you don't have to drill through nails later.
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.