Shopping List (for ONE nightstand/side base cabinet)
1×12 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×2 @ 6 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
1/4″ up to 3/4″ plywood scrap, (1×16 scrap would be great) 16 3/8″ long
1 set of euro style inset hinges OR basic hinges
handle or nob
2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ finish nails or screws or pocket hole screws
finishing supplies including wood glue and wood filler, paint and primer, or stain
2 – 1×12 @ 19 1/2″ (Sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Side Trim – cut to the width of your 1x12s)
4 – 2×2 @ 23 1/4″ (legs)
2 – 1×12 @ 15 1/2″ (Shelf)
4 – 2×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Front/Back Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (Top)
1 – 1×12 @ 18 1/2″ (Top)
1 – 1×3 @ 18 1/2″ (Top)
2 – 1×3 @ 15 3/8″ (Door)
3 – 1×2 @ 11 3/8″ (Door)
1/4 – to 1/2″ plywood @ 15 3/8″ x 16 3/8″ (door back)
Attach the side trim to the outsides of the sides as shown above.
Keeping the legs flush with the top, attach legs to the sides as shown above. Predrill holes if you are using screws.
These little guys can be both a nightstand or side bases to form an entire media wall. Features large interior with optional shelf, open base for air circulation, ideal for storing just about anything.
The bottom shelf sits flush to the bottom. You can either add a second shelf or drill holes for shelf pins for an adjustable shelf. Glue and screw with either pocket hole screws or 2 1/2″ screws.
2 1/2″ screws and glue.
If you have a pocket hole system, build the top first. Otherwise, add a support 2×2 down the center and attach the top, screwing to the sides and the center support, minimizing gaps between boards. Start with the 1×2 flush to the back and work forward.
When you cut your boards, make sure you measure the exact opening of your door, and leave 1/8 gap for a tight fit, 1/4″ (total gap, so that’s 1/8″ all the way around) for a roomier door. If you have a pocket hole system, build the door frame as shown above. You can use a countersink bit or wood dowels to build the door frame too. Otherwise, glue and nail to the back plywood. Keep in mind the allowance need for your hinges. Depending on the type of hinge that you are using, you may need to cut the plywood out around the hinge.
Fill holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. Attach door with hinges followed by a handle.
If you are getting frustrated with the technical issues of the site, first of all, let me say, I am so sorry and I promise, I am doing everything I can, day and night - to accommodate the needs of our growing site. And let me also say, I'm just as frustrated, and found myself in tears yesterday after the migration turned up no thumbnails.
Hours later, still no thumbnails.
Hours later on the phone with technical support, still no thumbnails.
Hours later, we've got thumbnails, but we're back to the shared site. Sign.
So what's a gal to do when she's stressed out?
I tell you there are few things more stress relieving than a good ole hammer and nails. Or an old school sanding block.
And a big ole project . . .
There's something about working hard and seeing actual results - not cross your fingers and hope this works results - that makes you feel satisfied and encouraged inside.
I'm not really sure how I ended up with two pieces that look like they should be nightstands from Crate and Barrel, but I'll take it. And if you need end tables, nightstands . . . or have a free weekend, and need super storage in your family room, I'm so happy to share this plan with you.