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For today’s website, we’re showing you how our contributor Scott, from Saws on Skates, built this chunky nightstand with angled legs. It’s built from all solid wood (no plywood!) and it has both a small shelf and a small drawer so it’ll make a sturdy and classic bedside table. Before you start building, grab the free printable building plans over on Remodelaholic. com That building plan has the full list of materials plus cut dimensions. So, step one-make the side panels. Each side panel is made of five pieces of wood secured together using pocket holes. Throughout this build, you’ll be cutting multiple pieces to the same length for the different parts of the nightstand, so it’s definitely worth your time to set up a stop like you see Scott has here. Drill one pocket hole on each end of each of the pieces, then lay out the pieces as shown. Before drilling your pocket holes to secure the pieces together, draw a triangle on the pocket hole side to help correctly re-orient the boards. Then, drill the additional pocket holes, realign the pieces, and secure the pieces together with glue and pocket hole screws. Repeat for the other side panel. Now cut and attach the side rails using wood glue and nails. Make the top, bottom, and middle panels following the same process as the side panels at the dimensions listed in the building plan. Now, you’re going to assemble. Place the bottom panel on your work surface apply glue to the sides and clamp. Flip the piece over check that the bottom is flush with the sides and attach using pocket screws. Then, apply glue to the edges of the top and place it in position. Check that the top is flush with the sides, then clamp and attach with pocket screws. Don’t install the middle panel yet. Next, you’ll make the inside shelf panels. Each shelf panel is made from five pieces of wood, cut to length, then glued and clamped side by side. Now, we’re going to install the shelf panels. Dry fit the shelf panels and trim, if needed. Apply glue to each shelf panel, clamp in position, and let dry. Now, we’re going to install the filler pieces. Cut two thin pieces of wood the width of the top and bottom of the face of the nightstand, then glue and nail into place. These pieces are going to give you a place to install the trim that gives it the chunky look. Time for the face frame. Rip the casing molding to width and cut lengths of the molding with 45 degree miter corners to fit the face of the nightstand and form a thick frame. The best way to get an accurate fit here is by making and cutting as you go. Attach each piece with glue and pin nails. Now we’re gonna sand, stain, and poly. Yes, you’ll do this before you install the middle shelf to make it easier. Use wood filler in any gaps, sand the night stand and middle shelf pieces smooth. Then, stain and finish with polyurethane. Step 10-we’re gonna cut the legs. The angled legs are made by cutting four pieces to length with parallel ten degree angles at each end. Step 11 and 12-cut the long and short leg stretchers.
The long leg stretchers will have a similar parallel ten degree angles to the legs. The short leg stretchers will have square ends. Step 13- make the leg assemblies. Apply glue to the ends of the short stretcher and place on your work bench. Place a leg on each side, so that the legs are pointing at you. Clamp and attach using pocket screws, then repeat for the other side. Attach the long leg stretchers in between those two leg assemblies using glue and pocket screws, then prime and paint the legs. Step 14- install the middle shelf. Place the carcass upside down on your workbench. Slide the shelf into position, then clamp and attach using pocket screws. If the shelf is a tight fit, apply a little bit of candle wax to each end to help it slide in properly. Step 15- make the drawer slide supports. Glue and clamp five short pieces of wood together according to the building plan, then rip to size on the tablesaw. Step 16- install the drawer slide supports. Dry fit the supports and trim as needed. Place a scrap piece of 1x lumber on the bottom of the carcass, then apply glue to each support. Place on top of the scrap and attach using brad nails. Step 17- make the drawer box. Be sure to check the requirements of the drawer slides before building the box and adjust the width of the box accordingly. Cut the front, back, and sides, drilling pocket holes in each end of the front and back pieces. Apply glue to the ends of the front and back pieces, clamp the sides in place, and attach using pocket screws. Measure and cut hardboard for the drawer bottom and glue and nail it in place. Step 18-we’re getting there! Install the drawer slides, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Step 19-make the drawer front by cutting a piece 1/4 inch smaller than the drawer opening. Use a straightedge and draw a line from corner to corner to find the center placement for your knob. Then, drill a hole just larger than the knob screw. Place a few pieces of scrap hardboard on the bottom of the drawer opening and on each side to act as spacers. Place the drawer front in position and drill a hole through the drawer front into the drawer box. Attach the knob and be sure the drawer front is centered in the opening. Remove the drawer. Drill countersink holes and attach the drawer box to the drawer front using wood screws. Then sand ,stain, and a apply poly to the drawer front. Step 20-attach the legs by centering them to the carcass and clamping in position. Drill countersink holes in the leg stretchers and attach using wood screws. Slide the drawer in. Reinstall the knob, then put your nightstand by the bed, and enjoy a good night’s rest because you’ve earned it. There you go. You’ve got a beautiful, chunky, solid wood nightstand. Thanks for reading. Please be sure to give this website a thumbs up and pretty please, click the big comment button right here. We love bringing you new website tutorials every week. So, come browse our Channel and see more of Scott’s work in the description box below or by clicking here to see the mid-century modern nightstand he built a couple weeks ago. See you next week. .