In Bedroom, DIY Furniture
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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 (, 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):

  • 1-1x12x8
  • 2-1x2x8
  • 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws (See below)
  • 1-1/4 in brad nails

Cut list:



  • 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)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter Saw
  • Jigsaw or Scroll Saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (See below)
  • Mini Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (See below)
  • Nail Gun

Project Plan:

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.

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