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Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

February 7, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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How to build end tables or nightstands. Free simple step by step DIY plans to build nightstands inspired by Restoration Hardware Kenwood Nightstand.

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

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About Project

Author Notes: 

It's been a busy time for us in Alaska. We are emerging from hibernation.

Days before Christmas, last YEAR, temperatures dropped below -30 degrees below zero (before wind chill).

And they stayed there, sometimes even going below -50 degrees below zero. For six weeks.

For six weeks, we haven't gone outside in Alaska. My car won't start, and the truck did start, and then started blowing oil out the top of the engine.
 

We have cabin fever. We need fresh air. 
So when the weather broke, to a balmy 10 degrees with gusts of 20 from the east, we feel like we are in tropical paradise.
So we have been spending a little time outside, catching up on things like breathing fresh air and feeling sunshine on our skin. Wonderful things that one never takes for granted in Alaska.
Today, we so greatly appreciate Whitney from Shanty2Chic for building this plan.
 

Well, of course, equally amazing nightstand plans have to be on there way too!  You can read more details and see tons more photos of Whitney's nightstands here, and of course, the plans follow.  

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
¾” plywood cut into 15 ¾” strips x 20 ½” long – one required, additional for shelves optional
1 – 48” wide by at least 22” high pine wainscoting panel for sides and door
Optional ¼” plywood for back
Set of 2 2” strap hinges
Knob or handle
Magnetic clasp
1 ¼” pocket hole screws
1 ¼” finish nails
¾” finish nails
Wood glue

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1x2 @ 12 ¾”
2 – 1x4 @ 12 ¾”
4 – 1x2 @ 26 ¼”
2 – ¼” paneling or plywood @ 15 ¾” 21 ¾”
1 – ¾” plywood @ 15 ¾” x 20 ½” (additional for shelves)
4 – 1x3 @ 26 ¼”
2 – 1x2 @ 17”
2 – 1x4 @ 17”
4 – 1x4 @ 22 ½”
2 – 1x3 @ 16 ¾”
2 – 1x3 @ 14”
1 – ¼” paneling or plywood @ 16” x 19”

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!

Step 1

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

You will need to build two sides. I recommend a Kreg Jig here for the easiest and best edge to edge joint.

Step 2

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

Then just cover the back in plywood or planking of choice. This completes to two sides.

Step 3

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

Now we add the bottom shelf.

Step 4

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

Next, build the front and back frames.

Step 5

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

And then attach to front and back of nightstands.

Step 6

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

Build the top first, then attach to top.

Step 7

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

Next, build the door as shown here, and attach with hinges.

Step 8

Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

And if you want, you can add a back.

Finishing Instructions

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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Need these!

Ahhh! These are amazing!! I now have to find a place where they will go, immediately :). Great build!

posted by Maria R (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-02-07 13:47
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Hello

This is beautiful OMG. Im thinking of doing the same for my sons. BTW could you please please give me the color of this finish because is the perfect color . please reply :) Great Job!!!

posted by JezzebellKing | on Tue, 2012-02-07 14:25
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It is Rust-Oleum Ultimate

It is Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.

posted by katiesommer | on Tue, 2012-02-07 14:46
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Beautiful! I am in love with

Beautiful! I am in love with this set, Thanks Ana and Whitney!

Mindi@ http://mylove2create.blogspot.com/

posted by dmcarwin | on Tue, 2012-02-07 14:52

In the market for a new night table

This is perfect! I need a new night table for our guest room and you gifted us with a gorgeous design. Thank you!

posted by Cammy (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-02-08 10:02

Question

Hi! This is absolutely gorgeous! I have a question though and I feel as though I am overlooking something that is either a) painfully obvious, or b) obvious to an experienced woodworker.

If you cut the front and back frame 1x2s and 1x4s at 17" and then attach a 1x3 to each side, wouldn't that make the table 23" across rather than 22" (17+3+3)? And for the side frames, if you cut the 1x2s and 1x4s at 12 3/4" and then attach a 1x2 to each side wouldn't that make 16 3/4" rather than 15 3/4" (12 3/4 +2+2)?

I just want to make sure before I do my cuts!

Thanks so much for this idea, I'm really looking forward to building it!

posted by Leener (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-02-10 22:30

Without studying the plan, I

Without studying the plan, I think what is throwing off your measurements is the nominal size of the wood. A 1x2 is 3/4 x 1 1/2 and a 1x4 is actually 3/4 x 3 1/2. Hope this helps!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-02-12 13:18

Question

Hi! This is absolutely gorgeous! I have a question though and I feel as though I am overlooking something that is either a) painfully obvious, or b) obvious to an experienced woodworker.

If you cut the front and back frame 1x2s and 1x4s at 17" and then attach a 1x3 to each side, wouldn't that make the table 23" across rather than 22" (17+3+3)? And for the side frames, if you cut the 1x2s and 1x4s at 12 3/4" and then attach a 1x2 to each side wouldn't that make 16 3/4" rather than 15 3/4" (12 3/4 +2+2)?

I just want to make sure before I do my cuts!

Thanks so much for this idea, I'm really looking forward to building it!

posted by Leener (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-02-10 22:37

Coating

Hi, this is absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for the plan. The finish you've chosen works perfectly with the design. You mentioned the stain you used. Can you tell us what coating you used on top of this? Thanks again for the inspiration.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-02-17 00:17

Can anyone please

Can anyone please advise....what kind of wood to use? or did she use in this amazing design??? Thank you!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-02-19 18:24
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I had a similar idea but...

I had in mind something similar a while back but something that opens at the top that I can keep next to the toilet in the bathroom so it can hide the plunger and toilet brush. And then put a little latch on the door to keep my kids from trying to investigate it.

posted by susyb1027 | on Wed, 2012-02-22 13:10

Headboard

Is there another link for the plans to make the headboard? The link here just opens up a thumbnail photo, but doesnt go anywhere.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-03-06 21:21

I see the top is built from

I see the top is built from 1x4 cut to 22.5". The cut list calls for 4 boards, but the width of the 4 is only 14". The picture has 5 boards, which give the correct dimensions of 17.5" listed in the drawing. Is the correct number to cut actually 5, or did I miss something?

posted by Stacie (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-05-06 13:43
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Never trust a cutlist

You should never trust a cutlist completely unless you've made it yourself, and even then you should probably hold it suspect. They're tricky things. The most recent Popular Woodworking had a good article on how to create and use your own cutlist.

posted by claydowling | on Sun, 2012-05-06 22:07

Just built a couple of these!

Yay! I just built a pair of these nightstands! I tried to register to submit a brag post, but it's not working properly. :-/

Anyway, here are my nightstands: http://jenwoodhouse.com/blog/2012/07/05/building-pair-knock-off-restorat...

posted by JenWoodhouse (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-07-08 21:16

Any way you can send me the Sketchup Plans?

Hi Anna -

I am getting ready to build this, but to make it fit our room, I have to reduce the height by about 2.5 - 3 inches. Before I go and redesign everything in Sketchup, is there any way you can email me your sketchup file to work from?

Thanks in advance!

Randy

posted by Randy Endemann (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-07-25 12:41

Other Plans

Do you have any other plans for other projects?
We loved this one.

posted by Dan Pelton (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-09 14:19

Toddler size

Hi Ana, just want to say that I LOVE LOVE your work !!!! I'm planing on doing the toddler farmhouse bed but I also wanted to make this adorable nightstand to go with it... would it be possible to make it smaller ? this is the first time, so I don't know how to start on doing the measurement adjustments for a smaller nightstand... please if you can help !!!

thanks :)

posted by tinkerjeannette | on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:51

This is very educational

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post.!
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posted by kongk | on Tue, 2013-05-21 06:33

HINGES!!!!!

I built these for my wife, I can't complete them because I can't find 2 inch strap hinges!!!!!!!! I'm going nuts, can't even find them online. I can find the silver color kind, but no black. Please reply with a link or something where I can get them. Thanks.

posted by Shell and Berto | on Fri, 2013-09-20 16:44
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just paint the silver ones

just paint the silver ones flat black

posted by Jamaunzie | on Fri, 2013-09-20 21:30

Attaching Top?

How did you guys attach the top? As it stands now I going to do it with countersunk 2" screws through apron from bottom.. any better ideas?

posted by StevenCooper | on Thu, 2013-12-12 00:36

I was wondering what type of

I was wondering what type of wood was used for this project.

posted by rockavee07 | on Mon, 2014-03-17 13:18

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