Reclaimed Wood Look Bedside Table

Free do it yourself plans to build a DIY bedside table inspired by Pottery Barn's Mason Bedside Table. Featuring the look of planked, reclaimed wood boards, this three drawer nightstand combines storage with style. Make your own with these easy step by step plans, using off the shelf lumber and simple building techniques.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Author Notes: 

Let's take a second to admire some of the beautiful Reclaimed Wood Look Headboards . . .

From Amanda

From Jessica
From JB102A
There are lots and lots more beautiful headboards, in all colors and finishes, some with storage beds, some with footboards, all made by our talented readers. You can even find this headboard on!
Now isn't it time we made a matching bedside table?
Shopping List: 

3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1/4" plywood for back
3 knobs or pulls
3 sets 16" White Euro style drawer slides like shown in this plan

2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
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!

Cut List: 

4 - 1x2 @ 14" (Side Trim)
8 - 1x4 @ 23 1/4" (Side Panels)
4 - 2x2 @ 27 1/4" (Legs)
6 - 2x2 @ 16" (Front/Back Tie ins)
1 - 2x2 @ 14" (Center Tie In)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 19" x 23 1/4" (Back)
1 - 1x2 @ 21" (Top)
4 - 1x4 @ 21" (Top)
1 - 1x3 @ 21" (Top Front)
Drawer cut list in plan

Cutting Instructions: 
Dire to the success of this project is using straight boards that measure true to width as follows: 
 1x6 - 5 1/2" wide
 1x4 - 3 1/2" wide
 1x3 - 2 1/2" wide
 2x2 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
 If your boards do not measure to these widths, you will need to adjust the plan. If your boards are not straight - namely the 1x4 side panels, you could have trouble with the drawers.
Step 1: 

If you have a Kreg Jig, attach the panel boards to each other first with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, with your jig set for 3/4" stock. This will make the panel a solid piece.

Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue the panel trim, flush to top and bottom. Ensure that your panels are square (very important!)

If your panel boards are not coming out flat, do this sort of thing with additional 1x2s - lined up with the front tie ins.
Step 2 Instructions: 

Now attach legs to ends of panels as shown in diagram, flush to tops.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Whenever you build for drawers it is crucial that your project is very very square, or your drawers will not slide correctly. Attach the front/back tie ins, and check the entire project for square, measuring from opposite leg to opposite leg on both the top and bottom of the legs. You can also use 2 1/2" screws and wood glue to attach tie ins, with predrilled screws and wood glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Add the center support as shown above.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Attach back plywood with finish nails and wood glue.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now the top, start at the back with the 1x2 and attach flush to the back, 1" overhangs on both sides. Continue adding 1x4s, and finally, the front is a 1x3 . . .

Would be super cute to leave the top wood and paint the base a distressed finish.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Now the drawers . . . Super important to build square drawers. Your drawer boxes should be built 1" less in width than the drawer housing (the interior of the project) to give clearance for drawer slides. The "perfect" measurements are shown here, but you may need to adjust for differing board thicknesses

6 - 1x3 @ 14 1/2" (Sides)
6 - 1x3 @ 15" (Fronts and Backs)
3 - 1/4" Plywood @ 16" x 15" (Drawer Bottoms)
3 - 1x6 @ 15 3/4" (Drawer Faces)

Don't add the drawer faces quite yet.

For a drawer with higher sides, you can also use 1x4s.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Install drawer boxes as shown above, inset by 3/4" from the front of the project. Make sure your drawers slide well. Then position the drawer faces over the drawer boxes until there is an even 1/8" gap on all sides and nail drawer faces on. Be aware of hardware locations so you don't have to drill through nails later.

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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I love this!!!! Once I have more money to purchase the lumber, I'm making 4 of these!!! 2 for the guest room and two for MY room!!!!

I'm so excited!! I just finished the reclaimed headboard and a footboard from the same pattern and just logged in to start a different side table. But I'm totally doing this one now!! Thanks!

I agree with Apron Appeal - who needs all the wasted space under an end table! I love the idea of three drawers! This would be really pretty next to my storage daybed........ :)

Almost done with this awesome night stand... just need to add the drawer fronts.. This is my first picture it was hard because i dont own my own saw so had to get it cut at home depot.... great project....and cheaper to make then MOST nightstands... Thanks for the blueprint!

Where do you put the finishing nails, do you just nail them in right on top or from the backside so they don't show? Do you have to countersink a space for them first, and then fill it in with wood filler?

I wanted to get the pdf for this project as it would be great to surprise my wife with.
But I keep getting an error every time I click on the pdf.


I've just finished Grace's bookshelves and now I have the woodworking bug. This is hopefully my next project but I am concerned about shrinking and warping with the vertical panel pieces being glued and nailed to the 1x2 trim pieces (Step 1). Is there room for movement with this so that there won't be issues with warping or cracking?

Where do we attach the drawer slides? Half of each set goes on the drawer, but where does the other half go?

The traditional advice is to put the other half on the cabinet side. The vertical positioning is the challenge. You want about a dime's width between the bottom of the drawer and the opening. I usually just set the drawer on a pair of dimes. I assemble the slides, put the drawer into place, and then mark where the parts touch at the front, either on the drawer or the cabinet frame, depending on which you attached the slides to.

This project was great and easy to build. The thing I can not figure out is how do the drawers are supposed to stay in without any type of guide. If a guide is suppoed to be used, can you provide tips on when and how to install for this table?