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Custom Craftsman-Style Nightstands


SchwindleC
SchwindleC
SchwindleC
SchwindleC

We finally decided that shoeshelves on their side weren’t cutting it as nightstands! This project used 2″x2″ boards for the legs, 3/4″ plywood for the sides and back, 1″x2″ trim pieces, and 1″x4″ boards for the top. Plenty of Ryobi tools made this a fun piece to work on.
We started with the sides, attaching the 2″x2″ legs to a nice 3/4″ cherry finish plywood using our trusty Ryobi Impact Driver.
Next, we attached the sides to the front trim pieces, using kreg screws and plenty of wood glue all the way! The key to this was keeping everything perfectly flat to make sure that everything stayed square.
After securing the sides to the front trim, we secured the sides to the back. After that was done, we had to cut the side trim pieces, which we did just to continue the lines around the side. We left the back blank for cords for lamps or chargers against the wall.
Next to build was the top, which was three pieces of 1x4 kregged together. Again, this was a situation where we had to secure the piece that we were screwing into with the kreg screws. They do such a great job that you have to compensate for the 1/16″ – 1/8″ that the depth can change if not properly secured.
We decided to build drawers with full-extension slides. We used 1″ x 4″ planks for all four sides, and 3/4″ plywood as the bottom of the drawer.
After painting the body and staining the top, we brushed on three coats of poly on the top, just to give it a nice finished surface.
All in all, these units turned out great. They are shorter and narrower than most nightstands, and they work perfectly for us.

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  • These tables turned out great! Love the combo of paint and stain, and your hardware choice is spot on. Very nice work!
    By RYOBI Nation, on April 27, 2017

  • Nicely done, these look great.
    By grover959, on April 30, 2017

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Custom Craftsman-Style Nightstands

by SchwindleC
Apr 26, 2017

We finally decided that shoeshelves on their side weren’t cutting it as nightstands! This project used 2″x2″ boards for the legs, 3/4″ plywood for the sides and back, 1″x2″ trim pieces, and 1″x4″ boards for the top. Plenty of Ryobi tools made this a fun piece to work on. We started with the sides, attaching the 2″x2″ legs to a nice 3/4″ cherry finish plywood using our trusty Ryobi Impact Driver. Next, we attached the sides to the front trim pieces, using kreg screws and plenty of wood glue all the way! The key to this was keeping everything perfectly flat to make sure that everything stayed square. After securing the sides to the front trim, we secured the sides to the back. After that was done, we had to cut the side trim pieces, which we did just to continue the lines around the side. We left the back blank for cords for lamps or chargers against the wall. Next to build was the top, which was three pieces of 1x4 kregged together. Again, this was a situation where we had to secure the piece that we were screwing into with the kreg screws. They do such a great job that you have to compensate for the 1/16″ – 1/8″ that the depth can change if not properly secured. We decided to build drawers with full-extension slides. We used 1″ x 4″ planks for all four sides, and 3/4″ plywood as the bottom of the drawer. After painting the body and staining the top, we brushed on three coats of poly on the top, just to give it a nice finished surface. All in all, these units turned out great. They are shorter and narrower than most nightstands, and they work perfectly for us.