Simple nightstands that can be made from scraps. Uses a simple wood drawer and easy false legs. From Crissie at www.designeatplay.com, a nightstand made from these plans!
This nightstand uses up alot of scraps. See the cut list for more details on what you will need.
Cut List for Simplest Nightstand
A) 2 - 1x12 @ 15" (shelves)
B) 4 - 1x2 @ 25 1/2" (side piece of legs)
C) 4 - 1x3 @ 25 1/2" (front and back pieces of legs)
D) 2 - 1/2" plywood 11 1/2" x 5 3/4" (side of drawer box, you could use a 1x12 @ 5 3/4" here)
E) 1 - 1/2" plywood 14" x 5 3/4" (back of drawer base)
F) 2 - 1x2 @ 11" (drawer guides)
G) 1 - 1x2 @ 11 1/2" (bottom front trim)
H) 4 - 1x2 @ 8 1/2" (side trim pieces)
I) 1 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2" (back countertop piece)
J) 1 - 1x12 @ 18 1/2" (front countertop piece) Cut List for the Simplest Nighstand Drawer
K) 1 - 1x10 @ 9 1/2" (Bottom)
L) 1 - 1x6 @ 9 1/2" (Back)
M) 2 - 1x6 @ 10 1/4" (Sides)
N) 1 - 1x6 @ 11" (Face)
This is not a beginner project. There are lots of pieces and it will be easy to get off square. Please don't attempt as your first project.
1. Legs. Start by attatching the legs together by taking a 1x2x25 1/2" and attatching it to the 1x3x25 1/2" on the long edge, so that the two piece make a leg, as shown below. Do this to make all four legs. Mark each leg 3 1/2" from the bottom. Take care to place the 1x3 part of the leg on the front and back, and the 1x2 part of the legs on the sides, as shown in the below photo. This is very important to make sure your drawer fits properly.
Legs to Shelves. Now attatch the legs to one of the shelf pieces, so the bottom of the shelf is flush with the marks made in step 1. This will give a 3 1/2" clearance under the nightstand. Your nightstand should look as follows. Remember, the 1x3 side of the legs goes on the front and back, and the 1x2 side goes on the sides, as pictured.
Sides, Drawer Box. The above drawing shows the plywood added, and the drawer box built. Now you will need to add drawer guides to keep the drawer straight.
Drawer Slides. Look closesly how this is done. The drawer guides follow the front leg and stay straight to the back. Be careful to keep the drawer guides parallel to the side drawer box piece. Your piece should be looking like the below diagram.
Top, Back. Now add the back top countertop piece (I) as shown above, leaving a 1" overhand on either side.
I would take a moment to measure the inside of the drawer box and confirm that it is exactly 11" wide and 11" deep. (The depth measurement will actually be 10 1/4 to the bottom shelf, and 11" to the side of the legs).
Top, Front. Add the front countertop piece as shown. Leave a 1" overhand on the sides and front.
Drawer. The drawer box is much more simple. Start with the bottom piece and attatch the back piece as shown. You will nail through the back piece into the bottom piece. Then attatch the side piece, nailing through the side piece into the bottom and back pieces.
Drawer. Do the same on the other side. Your drawer should appear as above. Finally, nail the front piece to the drawer. Your drawer should look as follows: