I'm a big fan of hidden compartments. I also enjoy designing and building my own furniture. This is my first attempt at combining both. This is also my first instructable. I built these matching nightstands for a friend and his wife. She provided me with the basic design, size and finish. His only request was if I could add a lock on one of the nightstands to secure a firearm and other valuables. I decided to surprise them both by building in a locking hidden drawer. I built these nightstands using solid oak dimensional lumber as well as 3/4 inch oak veneer plywood. Both pieces are identical, but only one has the hidden drawer. The dimensions for the bedside tables are 28 inches tall x 22 inches wide x 18 inches deep and were copied from the inspiration of this project; the Mason Bedside Table from Potterybarn. The tools I used for this project were: miter saw, circular saw, router, air nailer, electric drill, miscellaneous clamps, screws and glue. In addition, I used the tool that got me started on woodworking; the Kreg Jig. I used my miter saw for all of the cuts on the dimensional hardwood and my circular saw for the cuts on the plywood.

Step 1: Build The Top

I started the project by building the top. I wrapped the front and sides of a 18 1/2 inch x 16 1/4 inch piece of 3/4 inch oak veneer plywood with 1 x 2 solid oak, mitering the front corners. The dimensional hardwood I used measures 1 3/4 inch x 3/4 inch and is from a local millwork shop near my house. This is a bit wider than the pieces you can get at the big box stores. I secured the solid oak to the plywood using glue and pocket screws in the angled holes I made with the Kreg jig pocket hole system. The finished top is 22 inches wide x 18 inches deep. A 3/4 inch cove moulding trims out the top. I mitered the front corners and glued/nailed the side pieces to the top leaving a 1/4 inch reveal. I did not fasten the cove at the front as this will be part of the front of the hidden drawer.

<p>I made this as my first ever furniture project. Thanks for sharing enough detail for me to pull it off. Build photos can be seen here: http://imgur.com/a/922ZU</p>
<p>for it being very first project ever you sure had some of the best and expensive tools to use. Not too many people just starting out have the luxury of spending that much on all that fancy stuff you have in the shop. Not really talking crap just curious what made you spend that much just starting out. I don't like cheap tools but most of us start with one at a time. Looks like you bought a whole shop. Hope you like it and stick with building. Good job on the nightstand. </p>
Mike,<br>WOW! Great job on the night stand! I love the solid sides and top. I'm also a big fan of the cherry accents in the top. I'm truly jealous of the tools in your shop. I think it's time for me to buy a table saw. Although I might put it off a bit and get a dovetail jig first. One thing I wish I would have done differently on my night stands is to position the pocket holes for the stiles on the sides so they would be hidden by the drawer slides. I'm happy you were able to make sense of my instructable. You have a beautiful piece of furniture that you can be proud of! And that's way more than most of us can say about our first ever projects. Remember &quot;the more you do, the more you can do!&quot;<br> <br>Jim<br><br><br>Jim
<p>I like the matchbox behind the pictures :))</p><p>The night stand is awesome too :)</p>
<p>Thanks! Hot Wheels actually. Make that DUSTY Hot Wheels. I have too many hobbies...sigh.</p>
<p>How much lumber do I need?</p>
Are the stiles actually 2 inches or a 1x2 which is 11/2
<p>I could never build this but would love to purchase one.</p>
I can build you one. I have a company that makes type of stuff.
Just come across this, where are you located?
I love this nightstand. I have a little brother who used to make furniture and always managed to incorporate secret compartments into his work. I love working with wood and building things, however, I am not confident I am able to make this on my own. Is there anyway I could purchase one and if so about how much would you charge. This would be the perfect gift for my dad for fathers day. Being able to give this as a gift would mean that i would be able to finally give that one gift that could not be outdone, to the person who is impossible to get a gift for because he already has the best of everything. Until now, I had no hope of ever being able to do something big without having to spend thousands of dollars. I would like one but would really love to have two. If possible can you give me a quote on the price as well as how long it might take to receive if buying one (or two) is possible.
Could you share a parts list of what to buy?
<p>I love this little night stand. I don't think my skills would do it justice. Any chance I could purchase a pair. amazon@columbiainet.com</p>
I can build you one. I have a company that makes type of stuff. You can see some of my stuff on FB at guardian woodworking
<p>Where can I buy one?? I could never build something like this</p>
I can build you one. I have a company that makes type of stuff.
Anybody know where I can get blue prints for this?
<p>I like that mechanism. Easy and straightforward to incorporate that into a cabinet design. Great idea!</p>
Why no plans?
Need blueprints
Do you have the blue prints posted somewhere?
amazing, how much did it cost you?
<p>The night stand alone looks fantastic! I too am a fan of hidden compartments and you sir have done an excellent job.</p>
<p>So awesome!</p><p>I'm gonna use this mechanism in my next lego puzzle box - it is amazing!</p>
<p>Very nice. I love the mechanism and your workmanship! </p>
<p>This is excellent work. Thanks for sharing it.</p>
<p>Wow. What a neat idea. The locking mechanism is genius!</p>
<p>Yep - very nice. LURV secret drawers. At my age, though, I have visions of someone desperately searching for my will ...</p>
<p>Very nice! I would have just put the top on concealed arm hinges with a catch inside the edge above the top drawer, but that's been done for centuries. This is pretty slick!</p>
<p>Beautiful work, but DANG - how paranoid can ya get?</p>
<p>apparently not that paranoid, as he showed us how to open it.</p>
<p>Excellent point, Sir imark77! Or else, he was showing off his arsenal! Either way, most impressive!</p>
<p>Sooooo clever :) Voted!</p>
<p>Very professional project. I think that I might actually try to build this sometime next year. The only thing that I would change would be to add a bio-metric fingerprint reader to open the hidden compartment instead. Two votes for you in the contests as well; keep up the great instructables!</p>
<p>now that is neat !!!. Thank you . Brilliant idea . What slides are you using that seem to pull the drawer in automatically ? . </p>
<p>Excellent! My Dad's original aluminum Kreg Jig, and my newer plastic sets, have high standings in my shop. My favorite cabinets are built with them. Very nice usage of the pocket holes and kudos on the amazing details you provide. A must-build project in my new shop. Thanks for the motivation! </p>
<p>Excellent project. Impressive woodworking skills. And not a 3d printer, laser cutter or CNC machine in sight! Also no cad program, notice the hand drawn plans. See, it can be done. Great build!</p>
<p>I agree... Hehe!</p><p>10 Print &quot;Old farts shall prevail&quot;</p><p>20 Goto 10</p><p>.. run</p>
<p>From one old fart to another your reply made my day. Yes many years ago I entered Basic code into a Timex Sinclair computer. Had a 16k expansion module and used a cassette recorder to store programs.</p>
<p>Thanks! I don't even own a table saw (at least not yet). You could call me &quot;old school&quot;... although my drills and saws are electric, but the batteries in my pencil and paper never go dead.</p>
<p>Now there's a one night stand to be proud of :P</p>
<p>Now that's funny!</p>
<p>Agreed! Hahahaha!</p>
<p>Beautiful job! There are many of us who wish we could build secret compartments. I would love to do the same on a house we are renovating in Norfolk. We have a false wall that backs up to a 48&quot; wide alcove. Behind that false wall (actually it is a full wall that the previous owner seems to have walled up) is a 24&quot; deep empty space. We are thinking about either (a) making a dresser that has a 30&quot; high swinging front that would open to the empty space or (b) making the alcove into a closet with a sliding door built into the false wall. Any ideas?</p>
<p>Thank you! I always wanted a house with a door hidden in a bookcase. Or a fireplace that spins around like in Scooby Doo. How about a big armoire wardrobe with a door in back like Narnia?</p>
<p>VERY NICE! I want to build 2 of these for the master bedroom, but I want to incorporate a hidden wall outlet inside the furniture and cut a hole on the surface to allow all the cords for lamps, alarm clocks etc. to be hidden inside the furniture and have only one electrical cord that goes to the wall outlet.</p>
<p>Thanks! I know just what you're talking about. I'm starting to build a TV stand that will include hidden pockets for wire management. Stay tuned.</p>
awesome! love the Hot Wheels too.
<p>This is absolutely beautiful.</p>

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