Building a bedside table

This step by step diy woodworking project is about building a bedside table. If you want to learn more about building a bedside table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are so many designs and plans to choose from when building wooden storage boxes, so make sure you take a look over the related woodworking projects that are featured on our site.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the nightstand to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Bedside Table Plans

Bedside table plans

Bedside table plans

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23 1/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 11″ x 19 1/4″ long PANELS
  • C – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 18 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 18 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18″ x 21 1/2″ long TABLETOP
  • E  – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 13 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 17 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 18 1/4″ long DRAWERS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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How to build a bedside table

Building the side panels

Building the side panels

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the bedside table. As you can notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×4 lumber and the panels out of 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes along the sides and the top of the panels and secure it to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Fitting the supports1

Fitting the supports1

 

Continue the project by assembling the bedside table. As you can notice in the diagram, we recommend you build the back support out of 2×6 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the support and secure it to the sides using 2 1/2″ screws and waterproof glue. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Build the front support out of 1×2 lumber and secure it to the sides using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and place the support 3/4″ recessed from the face.

 

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

 

The next step of the project is to attach the tabletop to the bedside table. Drill pocket holes through the top of the legs and along the top of the panels. Align the tabletop with great care, making sure the edges are flush. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ screws to create rigid joints.

 

Building the drawer

Building the drawer

 

Build the frame of drawer out of 1×4 lumber and the face out of 1×6 lumber. Leave 3/8″ on each side of the front face of the drawer, in order to leave enough space for the slides. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side components and insert 1 1/4″ screws to create rigid joints. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.

 

Attaching the bottom

Attaching the bottom

 

Attach the bottom to the drawer, as in the diagram. Cut the bottom out of 3/4″ plywood and drill pocket holes along the side edges. Fit the bottom to the drawer and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue.

 

Fitting the drawer

Fitting the drawer

 

Fit the drawer to the opening and leave 1/8″ around the edges. Fit slides to the both sides of the drawer and make sure the front face is perfectly aligned with the nightstand frame.

 

Building a bedside table

Building a bedside table

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the bedside table.

 

 

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