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Pine Nightstand



This mid-century modern styled nightstand is made from 3/4-inch pine boards. Not only does the pine provide that authentic wood aesthetic, but also it’s also inexpensive and easy to work with. The wood is soft, which makes cutting, screwing, and sanding satisfying and nearly effortless.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the wood with the circular saw. Measure, mark, and cut the pine board using the ruler, pencil, and circular saw. Cut the pine first so you can layout the pine boards before measuring and cutting the 2x3 to fit inside the pine boards.

    2. Step: 2

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      Drill the holes. The easiest way to make this nightstand is with straight vertical legs but we thought it would be fun to angle them. To drill angled holes it is helpful to build a slanted jig that holds the boards at an angle. Drill 1” diameter holes through the pine boards.

    3. Step: 3

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      Sand the boards. Sand the pine and the 2×3s using the orbital sander and 220-grit sandpaper. Once you assemble the nightstand, it will be difficult to reach them so do it before you put the nightstand together.

    4. Step: 4

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      Assemble with Finish nails. The easiest way to assemble this piece is with the Airstrike nail gun. Armed with finish nails it is a clean and sturdy way to quickly fasten wood together.

    5. Step: 5

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      Drill holes in the 2x3s. Now that the pine box part of the nightstand is assembled you can place the 2x3s in side and slide the dowels through the holes in the pine. Mark the locations for the holes in 2x3s with a pencil and then drill the holes.

    6. Step: 6

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      Cut the dowels. Determine how high you’d like your nightstand to be in relation to your bed and mattress. Then subtract the height of the box from that number to give you the height of the legs. Cut four lengths of dowel equal to that measurement using the circular saw.

    7. Step: 7

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      1 - Paint the 2×3s. 2 - Glue in the legs. Paint the 2×3s using the paintbrush and interior house paint. This step is optional of course, but if you want to add some color, paint the pieces now before assembling the nightstand. To glue in the legs: Apply wood glue in the holes in the 2x3s and insert the dowels through the pine and into the 2x3s. Once the legs are in place nail through the pine boards and into the 2x3s.

    8. Step: 8

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      Finish. You can finish the non-painted parts with a clear acrylic finish or a coat of Danish oil.

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  • What angle is the jig used to drill holes on angle
    By WillbanksFamily, on January 13, 2015

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Pine Nightstand

by Homemade Modern
Dec 30, 2014
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This mid-century modern styled nightstand is made from 3/4-inch pine boards. Not only does the pine provide that authentic wood aesthetic, but also it’s also inexpensive and easy to work with. The wood is soft, which makes cutting, screwing, and sanding satisfying and nearly effortless.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
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    Cut the wood with the circular saw. Measure, mark, and cut the pine board using the ruler, pencil, and circular saw. Cut the pine first so you can layout the pine boards before measuring and cutting the 2x3 to fit inside the pine boards.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 3bf69d47 d987 43b1 9aaf 59aef7010164

    Drill the holes. The easiest way to make this nightstand is with straight vertical legs but we thought it would be fun to angle them. To drill angled holes it is helpful to build a slanted jig that holds the boards at an angle. Drill 1” diameter holes through the pine boards.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 50284ae3 16ae 4d63 b9ca 177dc9ff718d

    Sand the boards. Sand the pine and the 2×3s using the orbital sander and 220-grit sandpaper. Once you assemble the nightstand, it will be difficult to reach them so do it before you put the nightstand together.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge c26f2859 e991 4058 bf9e 8a88e0888898

    Assemble with Finish nails. The easiest way to assemble this piece is with the Airstrike nail gun. Armed with finish nails it is a clean and sturdy way to quickly fasten wood together.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 901a12e3 b91f 4b15 8b82 143d596e50e7

    Drill holes in the 2x3s. Now that the pine box part of the nightstand is assembled you can place the 2x3s in side and slide the dowels through the holes in the pine. Mark the locations for the holes in 2x3s with a pencil and then drill the holes.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 4d785602 f02d 4d43 a8d5 bf0e39fd9167

    Cut the dowels. Determine how high you’d like your nightstand to be in relation to your bed and mattress. Then subtract the height of the box from that number to give you the height of the legs. Cut four lengths of dowel equal to that measurement using the circular saw.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge c3e37a25 336e 48a5 92ee 1d6ebeb5fdc3

    1 - Paint the 2×3s. 2 - Glue in the legs. Paint the 2×3s using the paintbrush and interior house paint. This step is optional of course, but if you want to add some color, paint the pieces now before assembling the nightstand. To glue in the legs: Apply wood glue in the holes in the 2x3s and insert the dowels through the pine and into the 2x3s. Once the legs are in place nail through the pine boards and into the 2x3s.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge b9ce41a7 d54b 4489 bbd5 e12f92bb43a8

    Finish. You can finish the non-painted parts with a clear acrylic finish or a coat of Danish oil.