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DIY Nightstand

  • September 6, 2017


This copper and plywood nightstand is made from copper pipe fittings and ¾” thick plywood. It has a touch dimmer so all you need to do is touch the copper to turn control the light. USB cables can be run through the pipes to create a nice place for charging smart phones.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      CUT PLYWOOD To start this project, I had my plywood ripped into 12” wide strips at home depot. I made my cross cuts using a Ryobi compound miter saw. Two cuts at 16” and two at 5”. This project does not require a lot of plywood, and can be made from scraps.

    2. Step: 2

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      CLAMP & DRILL I sanded the pieces lightly and then proceeded to measuring out where I needed to drill my 5/8” holes for my copper pipes to fit. I measured exactly an inch from the edge and traced out the copper tube on the outside of the line. Using my 5/8” hole saw attachment on my cordless drill, I first clamped both the top and bottom pieces together in order to drill two identical holes on one side of the horizontal plane. I then unclamped it and finished drilling two more holes on the other horizontal plane for the bottom piece of plywood ONLY. I pre-drilled all my holes for my screws to prevent splitting.

    3. Step: 3

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      SAND & SEAL I made a sanding tool by wrapping sandpaper around a pen to sand the holes for the copper pipes to fit better in the holes. After wiping off all the saw dust, I sealed all the plywood with a Minwax Polycrylic.

    4. Step: 4

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      CUT COPPER TUBINGS Now this part may be confusing, due to all the cuts that need to be made. This however can be altered depending on how you want your legs to look length and height wise. I suggest, experimenting with the copper pipes and see what you like best. I cut my copper using my Tubing Cutter. This took a lot of trial and error so I really took my time with this step. I found it helpful to stand back once in a while to make sure everything looked squared from afar.

    5. Step: 5

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      GLUE & SCREW PLYWOOD Once I figured out the copper legs, I moved on to gluing and screwing the plywood nightstand together. I started by pushing the side pieces in between the top and bottom piece of plywood. I then applied glue, gripped it firmly and drilled screws through my pre-drilled holes. I made my holes roughly 1/4” away from the edge of the nightstand.

    6. Step: 6

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      ASSEMBLE & GLUE To ensure all the copper pipes were all in the right spot, I did a dry fit before proceeding to permanent attachment with gorilla glue. Before gluing, I threaded the wires for the light and phone charger through the proper pipes to where I wanted them to sit. I then, glued the copper pipes and fittings together. To help the gorilla glue bind better with the copper, I dampen one end of the attachment and applied glue on the other.

    7. Step: 7

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      WIRE & FINISH Lastly, to protect the wires, I inserting a heat shrink wire wrap around the exposed wires and hovered a heat gun over it to seal it together. I finished the copper pipes by rubbing steel wool against it until it was nice and shiny. Make sure the heat shrink wrap installation is rated for this application.

Comments (3)


  • The copper is a great touch!
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 8, 2017

  • I made this!! Two in fact! I modified mine slightly in that I don't have the touch piece that comes out the side because I decided to use Phillips Hue candelabra bulbs instead. It was easy and fun to follow the steps.
    By showe87, on January 21, 2018
    • So glad you tried it out and made it your own, showe87!
      By RYOBI NATION, on January 22, 2018

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DIY Nightstand

by Homemade Modern
Sep 06, 2017
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This copper and plywood nightstand is made from copper pipe fittings and ¾” thick plywood. It has a touch dimmer so all you need to do is touch the copper to turn control the light. USB cables can be run through the pipes to create a nice place for charging smart phones.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 652a87c6 1f29 403a a51b 370a0b324dfd

    CUT PLYWOOD To start this project, I had my plywood ripped into 12” wide strips at home depot. I made my cross cuts using a Ryobi compound miter saw. Two cuts at 16” and two at 5”. This project does not require a lot of plywood, and can be made from scraps.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 59a4d1e3 9750 4cec 94d3 d233a6b0f7cd

    CLAMP & DRILL I sanded the pieces lightly and then proceeded to measuring out where I needed to drill my 5/8” holes for my copper pipes to fit. I measured exactly an inch from the edge and traced out the copper tube on the outside of the line. Using my 5/8” hole saw attachment on my cordless drill, I first clamped both the top and bottom pieces together in order to drill two identical holes on one side of the horizontal plane. I then unclamped it and finished drilling two more holes on the other horizontal plane for the bottom piece of plywood ONLY. I pre-drilled all my holes for my screws to prevent splitting.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 4c036eeb 3bbc 4db8 afdb 186a38f4234a

    SAND & SEAL I made a sanding tool by wrapping sandpaper around a pen to sand the holes for the copper pipes to fit better in the holes. After wiping off all the saw dust, I sealed all the plywood with a Minwax Polycrylic.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge de319b2c f679 40c6 8eb6 3f15a5d254a6

    CUT COPPER TUBINGS Now this part may be confusing, due to all the cuts that need to be made. This however can be altered depending on how you want your legs to look length and height wise. I suggest, experimenting with the copper pipes and see what you like best. I cut my copper using my Tubing Cutter. This took a lot of trial and error so I really took my time with this step. I found it helpful to stand back once in a while to make sure everything looked squared from afar.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge a5584388 4c05 41cb 9070 86e81e88be28

    GLUE & SCREW PLYWOOD Once I figured out the copper legs, I moved on to gluing and screwing the plywood nightstand together. I started by pushing the side pieces in between the top and bottom piece of plywood. I then applied glue, gripped it firmly and drilled screws through my pre-drilled holes. I made my holes roughly 1/4” away from the edge of the nightstand.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 3da62551 c4e8 425e 813e 6a4c2362145b

    ASSEMBLE & GLUE To ensure all the copper pipes were all in the right spot, I did a dry fit before proceeding to permanent attachment with gorilla glue. Before gluing, I threaded the wires for the light and phone charger through the proper pipes to where I wanted them to sit. I then, glued the copper pipes and fittings together. To help the gorilla glue bind better with the copper, I dampen one end of the attachment and applied glue on the other.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge c843d8cb 5b88 4a63 abf1 390622a4b312

    WIRE & FINISH Lastly, to protect the wires, I inserting a heat shrink wire wrap around the exposed wires and hovered a heat gun over it to seal it together. I finished the copper pipes by rubbing steel wool against it until it was nice and shiny. Make sure the heat shrink wrap installation is rated for this application.