Introduction: Nightstand/End Table

I needed something to put my phone on when I plug it in at night and a place to put my glasses. I also thought it would be nice to have a drawer to put some other things. So I called my grandfather that has a woodshop and we started making this nightstand that also would work as an end table.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

We used 4 1"x4"6' boards and 1 1"x12"x6' board and some plywood, Kreg pine wood plugs, 3/4 inch screws, wood putty, and depending on how good your wood is you may need more. The tools that were used were a Kreg Foreman DB210 pocket hole machine, a drill with a drill bit for for screws and a drill bit for going through wood, an orbital sander, bench sander, double drum sander, hand held belt sander, 2 clamps, table saw, a 10" radial saw, and a staple gun.

Step 2: Making the Sides

First split your 1x4's to about 1 5/8". If any of the knots in the wood fall out just glue them back in. Next cut four to 29 1/4", these will be your legs. You are then going to cut out four 2"x 10 3/4" and six 22" using the radial saw. You are then going to use the Kreg machine on all four corners of the ten pieces you just cut. Now you are going to want to put wood glue on both sides of one of the 2x10 3/4" pieces and use it to connect two of the legs at the top. Next clamp near the middle of where the board meets the legs at both sides while making sure you can put in screws in the holes that were made by the Kreg. When the board is clamped at both ends use some of the screws and screw them in through the hole made by the Kreg machine. When this is done put one of your 22" boards under the 10 3/4" board but don't screw it in. Then put glue on both sides of another 10 3/4" board and put it right under the longer board so it touches both of the legs. You are then going to clamp it like your did on the top board and screw it in. Now using a spare piece of wood that is the 1 5/8" wide you can use it to measure how far apart each of the 22" pieces should be. Then one at a time put glue on both ends and making sure it is still 1 5/8" apart, clamp it in and screw it in to the smaller boards. Make sure you do this three times. Next put a little bit of wood glue in each of the holes with screws in it and put a Kreg pine wood plug in it and hammer it in toward the way the screw is. Next use the hand held belt sander to sand down the wood plugs until it is smooth with the rest of the wood. Then using your orbital sander smooth all of the wood by going over it and make sure you get rid of all of the marks on the wood and the edges where multiple boards meet are smooth. You are then going to want to "soften the edges" by quickly running the orbital sander on all of the hard edges of the wood. Then repeat everything above for the other side.

Step 3: Connecting the Sides

First you are going to cut your plywood twice to 6"x 14". You are then going to staple your plywood on the top of both sides which is where your drawer is going to go. When this is done on both sides use your orbital sander and sand it down so it is smooth. Next your 1 5/8" to two 1 1/2" x 1" for your shelf supports and staple them in. After you do that you are going to cut your 1x12 twice to 10 3/4" and use the Kreg to make three holes equally spaced apart on one board. You are then going to glue the two boards together and put in screws through the holes made. You will then use the 3/8 rounder on the top side which is the side without the holes made by the Kreg. Then run it through the double belt sander a few times adjusting the height of the sander as needed to make it smooth. You are then going to line the board up on where it should be on the supports and using the staple gun staple it four times on each side making sure each time it is on the supports. You are next going to cut from a 1x4 two 1 1/2' by 1". You can then put glue on the edges and staple them onto the very bottom of the plywood so the bottom edges are flush making sure they are flush to one side of the sides. Then take the larger piece and put glue on the ends of the two smaller pieces and put the longer piece there and staple it in. You are then going to cut a 1x4 into two 1" x 1" and Kreg it at both ends in the middle of the board. Then put glue on both ends and screw it in to place through the Kreg holes with the Kreg holes facing up. Then put some rubber wood in the holes that were made by the staple holes and wipe off the excess. Then use the orbital sander when the rubber wood is dry and sand it down so it is smooth. Then cut a piece of plywood to 12 1/2" by 7 1/4" and staple it on to the back of the table which is not the side with the wood piece in the middle of the other two.

Step 4: The Top and Drawer

The first thing to do is to cut a 1x12 into a 4 5/8" and two 9" and a 13 3/4". Then you are going to use the Kreg machine and make four hole on each of the 9" boards four times. The using glue put the two larger boards on the outside of the smaller board and screw them in and put glue on the other board and screw it in. Check to make sure this will easily slide into the slot for your drawer and if it doesn't then put it on the table sander sanding both sides evenly until it slides in and out easily. and don't worry if it doesn't slide easily when you set it on the slider for the drawer. Then you are going to cut a 1x 12 to 6 1/4 x 12 5/8 and cut a 1x4 to two 7 5/8 by 6 1/4. Take the 1x12 piece and put four Kreg holes in it and then put glue on the edge and screw on of the 1x4 pieces on either side. Then using the 3/8 rounder round all of the edges on the side without the Kreg holes. Ten on the back find the middle of the board which can be found by drawing a diagonal line from corner to corner. Where the lines intersect is the middle. Then drill a hole through this point and this is where the knob for the drawer will go. Next cut a 1x12 to two 14 3/4". Then Kreg one of the sides and put glue on that side and connect the edges and screw in the screws. Then using the 3/8 rounder round the top edge again and using the orbital sander smooth the edges.

Step 5: Staining

For staining you are going to make sure you get every part of the wood wet with the stain of your choice and with a dry rag wipe off the extra stain so it doesn't dry in streaks. Make sure you get all of the tiny corners of the sides as well. Leave your stain dry for a day so nothing happens with it as you put it all together.

Step 6: Final Assembly

The first thing to do when assembling this is drill four "pilot holes" into top pieces of wood so you can later screw the top on. The next thing to do is screw on your knob for your drawer and fill the hole with glue so the screw does not fall out. Then you are going to line up this board on one side of the drawer where you want it to go and you are going to screw it in from the inside of the drawer. The next thing to do would be to attach the plywood to the bottom using the staple gun. When this is on take a bar of soap and soap it up so it will slide well. The more soap on it the more easily it will slide. The last thing fir you to do is to put the top on. The first step to doing this is putting the top on how you would like it. Then you will screw in through the "pilot holes". An optional step that we did is before you screw on the top, you screw a tiny piece of scrap wood facing down when the drawer is in it so the drawer can not fall out.

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