Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

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Kentwood Nightstands or End Tables

How to build end tables or nightstands. Free simple step by step DIY plans to build nightstands inspired by Restoration Hardware Kenwood Nightstand.

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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.  
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
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!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.
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”

Step 1: 

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

Step 2 Instructions: 

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

Step 3 Instructions: 

Now we add the bottom shelf.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Next, build the front and back frames.

Step 5 Instructions: 

And then attach to front and back of nightstands.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Build the top first, then attach to top.

Step 7 Instructions: 

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

Step 8 Instructions: 

And if you want, you can add a back.

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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Comments

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!!!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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 :)

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.

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?