This step by step woodworking project is about farmhouse nightstand plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a simple wooden nightstand. We have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. These are the easiest farmhouse bedside table plans you will find on internet.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the table won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Farmhouse Nightstand Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 26 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 3 piece of 1×2 lumber – 10 1/2″ long, 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 3/4″ long 2xSIDES
- C – 4 piece of 2×2 lumber – 11 1/4″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 8 3/4″x14 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 3 piece of 1×4 lumber – 14 1/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 11 1/4″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 10 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 11 1/4″ long BOTTOM SHELF
- E – 3 piece of 1×6 lumber – 16 1/4″ long TOP
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 5 5/8″x12″ long, 2 pieces – 5 5/8″ x11″ long, 1 piece – 9 1/2″x12″ long DRAWER
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x4′
- 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 6 ft
- 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 1’x2′
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
How to build a farmhouse nightstand
The first step of the indoor woodworking project is to build the side panels. Use 1×4 lumber for the vertical slats and 1×2 lumber for the cleats. Use 1 1/4″ self tapping screws to secure the slats to the cleats (insert the screws though the cleats, two for each slat). Add glue to enhance the bond of the joints. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats.
Fit the panels to the 2×2 legs, as described in the diagram. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Insert 1 1/4″ screws through the cleats into the legs.
Next, fit the bottom shelf supports to the sides of the nightstand. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×2 components and secure them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue and check if the corners are square.
Continue the project by attaching the supports to the nightstand, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws.
Next, fit the 1×2 cleats for the drawer. Secure the cleats to the side panels by using glue and screws.
Cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood and attach it to the back of the nightstand. Use brad nails and glue to secure the sheet into place.
Build the bottom shelf using 1×2 and 1×4 lumber. Drill the pilot holes and lock everything together with 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to create rigid joints. Smooth the surface with sandpaper.
Fit the shelf to the bottom supports, as shown in the diagram. Use a few finishing nails and glue to lock the shelf to the supports.
Next, you need to build the tabletop. Drill pocket holes as in the diagram and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Add glue to the joints and clamp everything tightly. Make sure the surface is even.
Center the nightstand frame to the wooden top, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the 2×2 supports and insert 2″ screws into the top. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the drawer. Cut the components at the right dimensions and drill pocket holes at both ends of the sides. Add glue to the joints, align the edges with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Cut a piece of plywood for the bottom of the drawer. Drill pocket holes along the four edges and insert 1 1/4″ screws to attach it to the drawer frame. Wax the bottom of the drawer thoroughly, otherwise it won’t slide properly. Fit a button to the drawer and fit it to the nightstand.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden nightstand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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