This nightstand is a super simple build with a clean, modern style. And you can totally change the look by using a different set of legs - try tapered legs for mid century mod style, or hairpin legs for a more industrial vibe! Get the full plans here: http://www.morelikehome.net/2015/03/nightstands-day-1-simple-modern.html
1 - 1x6 @ 4'
1 - 1x12 @ 4'
1 - 2x2 @ 6' OR a set of legs about 14" tall
1 1/4" screws
Kreg Jig with 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket screws (optional)
finishing nails (optional)
(A) 1 - 1x6 @ 16 1/2" (back)
(B) 2 - 1x6 @ 11 1/4" (sides)
(C) 2 - 1x12 @ 18" (bottom & top)
(D) 4 - 2x2 @ 14" (legs)
(E) 2 - 2x2 @ 5 1/8" (trim)
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!
Next prepare the legs. Start by cutting the end of each leg (D) off at a 6 degree angle (I know, it's a funny amount). Make sure the ends are cut parallel, like this /=/, not this /=\.
Now cut the ends of each trim piece at a 6 degree angle. This time you do NOT want them parallel, so it should be like this /=\.
The building is done, now you just have to finish it! Start by filling any holes with wood filler. Let it dry, then sand it smooth (repeat if necessary). Then sand the whole table smooth for a great finished product (a good sanding can be the difference between looking professional vs. crafty). Then finish with any paint or stain and polyurethane you like. I'm digging the two-tone look with a white painted top and clear poly on natural wood legs. How about you?
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.