Simple Modern Nightstand by More Like Home

Submitted by Georgia M on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:21
Difficulty
Beginner
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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

simple modern nightstand
simple modern nightstand
simple modern nightstand

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

Dimensions
simple modern nightstand
18" wide x 20 3/4" tall x 11 1/4" deep

Preparation

Shopping List

1 - 1x6 @ 4'
1 - 1x12 @ 4'
1 - 2x2 @ 6' OR a set of legs about 14" tall
wood filler
wood glue
1 1/4" screws
2" screws
Kreg Jig with 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket screws (optional)
finishing nails (optional)

Cut List

(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)

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

Start by attaching a side board (B) to each end of the back board (A) like this. You can use a Kreg Jig, or drill through the side boards into the ends of the back board.

Step 2

Next attach the bottom board (C). It should be flush with the sides and back. Attach it using a Kreg Jig or by drilling up through the bottom into the sides and back.

Step 3

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 /=\.

Step 4

Now you can assemble each leg unit. Attach one leg on each side of the trim piece like in the picture below. Make sure it is totally flush across the top. You can use a Kreg Jig with 2 1/2" screws, or drill through each leg into the trim piece using 2" screws (don't forget the glue!!).

Step 5

Attach each leg unit to the bottom of the nightstand. Each unit should be set in 1" from the side and 1.75" from the front edge. Drill down through the bottom board into the legs and trim pieces (be careful not to hit the screws holding the leg units together).

Step 6

Finally attach the top (C) by drilling down through the top into the sides and back. It should be flush all around the outside. You can use finishing nails instead if you want a cleaner finished looks because it won't leave any big holes to fill.

Step 7

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?

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.
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Project Type
Room

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