Step 1: Route the Top of the Night Stand
Step 2: Make a Hole In the Top of the Night Stand
I had to use a lot of clamps to keep the center in place while I was doing the last cut. I was really scared that this would somehow fly out and kill me, but that thrill adds to the fun of the project. In hindsight I think it was pretty safe.
Step 3: Remove Old Paint, Paint it Again!
I painted the piece with black casein paint which is made from milk. I didn't make it myself this time, but maybe I will next time.
Step 4: Cut Some Plastic to Size, Stick it Over the Holes
When I routed the top I made a lip to set the plastic into. For the sides I glued in a few small pieces of wood. I attached the plastic to the sides with Gorilla Glue.
Step 5: Add a Powerstrip and Light Guts
The light on the cords makes for some nice shadows and the cord mess is out of the way.