After I finished building the bed for my master bedroom, it was time to replace my TV tray nightstand. I wanted to build something that would look good with our bed, and I really like the look of Mid-Century furniture, so I decided to make a Mid-Century style nightstand.
For the top of the nightstand, I built a simple box. I was inspired by a post I saw on Shanty2Chic (http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/01/diy-nightstand.html), but I altered it to fit my design. The legs were a challenge, and it took me a little while to figure out how I would make them.
Supply list (per nightstand):
- 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws (See below)
- 1-1/4 in brad nails
- 2 @ 20 in
- 3 @ 18 in
- 2@ 20 in
- 2@ 16-1/2 in
(See steps 4-5- below for details on how to cut legs and support)
- Miter Saw
- Jigsaw or Scroll Saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (See below)
- Mini Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (See below)
- Nail Gun
Step One: Build the box of the night stand by attaching 20 in sides with 18 in top and bottom using pocket hole screws.
Step Two: Attach shelf to night stand box using pocket holes screws.
Step Three: Attach trim with brad nails.
Step Four: Cut legs with miter saw and jigsaw (or scroll saw). I marked the entire leg before I started cutting. I cut the long angle first with a jigsaw and then cut the rest with a miter saw.
Step Five: Cut support pieces as demonstrated in the illustrations below.
Step Six: Attach legs to support pieces using pocket hole screws. I used the Mini Kreg Jig due to the angles and adjusted the distance to make sure there was enough room for the pocket holes. I used some test pieces to make sure it worked.
Step Seven: Attach support pieces together using pocket hole screws (See illustration below). I used the Mini Kreg Jig to make these pocket holes (See step six).
Step Eight: Attach additional support pieces (See illustration below).
Step Nine: Attach legs and support to box using 1-1/4 in screws.
Step Ten: Sand.
Step Eleven: Paint or stain.
I painted the face frame black and the rest of the nightstand white, and I found baskets to go on the shelf. I had a lot of fun building these nightstands and they are so much better than my old TV tray.