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Child's Nightstand

For a fun, creative approach to a typical small table, build this project to dress up a kids bedroom. Our construction allows the top to be replaced as needed, either for repair or for a style change.

Instructions

Project Cutlist Project Illustration

General: Cut and label the parts as needed, using the Cut List and Cutting Diagram as guides and adjusting for fit.

Drilling Pocket Holes

Pocket Screw Attachment

Mark Slat Location

Attach Slats

1 Build the side assemblies.



a. Drill pocket holes in each end of the (01) skirt pieces and the (02) aprons.

b. Drill a pocket hole in the center of each (02) apron. Mark an arrow next to each center hole in the direction that you will drill to make sure it faces the top of the table during assembly.

c. Cut two 1/4-inch-thick, 6-inch-long spacers to place under the (02) aprons and two 3/4-inch-thick, 6-inch-long spacers to place under the (01) skirts during assembly.

d. Create two side assemblies by joining the parts to the (03) legs, following the layout in Figure 1. Attach the parts with glue and pocket hole screws.

2 Connect the two side assemblies.



a. Place the side assemblies on their sides so that the inside faces are facing each other.

b. Place the appropriate spacers under an (01) skirt and an (02) apron, and then attach the (01) skirt and (02) apron to the side assemblies with glue and pocket hole screws (see Figure 2).

c. Flip the assembly, and repeat Step 2b with the remaining (01) skirt, (02) apron, and spacers.

3 Attach the slats.



a. Locate the centerlines of two opposite (01) skirts. On the top edge of each (01) skirt, draw a line 1 1/4 inches from the centerline.

b. Position the long edge of one (04) slat on this line, with an equal overhang on each end. Attach the (04) slat with glue and nails.

c. Use the 1/4-inch spacers to position the two remaining (04) slats as shown in Figure 3. Attach with glue and nails.

d. Position one (05) outside slat on top of an (04) slat closest to an (03) leg.

e. Position the ends of the (05) outside slat flush with the ends of the (04) slat. Mark the point where the (03) legs meet the (05) outside slat, and draw a line across the face of the (05) outside slat.

f. Place a 1/4-inch spacer adjacent to the (04) slat, and measure the distance to the (03) leg. Transfer that measurement to the (05) outside slat, and then draw a second line perpendicular to the first.

g. Cut out the sections between the lines on the ends of the (05) outside slat.

h. Test-fit and then attach the (05) outside slat with glue and nails.

i. Repeat Steps 3d-h for the remaining (05) outside slat.

4 Create the top, and apply finishing touches.



a. Locate the center point on both faces of the round panel for the (06) top.

b. Working from the center points, draw a 12 1/2-inch square on the bottom face of the round panel.

c. Fill all nail holes, sand, prime, and paint the nightstand base assembly and the (06) top.

d. Use the 12 1/2-inch square (marked in Step 4b) to align the base assembly with the (06) top.

e. Attach the (06) top to the base assembly using pocket hole screws through the center pocket holes in the (02) aprons created in Step 1b. Note: If you do not use glue, you will be able to replace the top with a different style as your child grows.

f. Attach nail-on furniture glides to the bottoms of the (03) legs.



Baseball Table Design

Find the Center of a Pre-Made Round Panel for the Baseball Top
Position a framing square a couple of inches above the pre-made round panel's bottom edge, and scribe a line across its width. At both points where this horizontal line touches the edge of the circle, draw a perpendicular line that extends to the top edge of the circle. Beginning where the perpendicular lines touch the top edge of the circle, draw two diagonal lines that extend to the circle’s bottom edge. The center of the circle is at the intersection of the diagonal lines.

 

Flower Table Design

Make this flower top for a girl’s room
To create this colorful nightstand with a flower top, you'll need to cut the (06) top from a sheet of plywood (instead of using a pre-made round panel) following the flower top layout in Figure 5 and using the petal pattern template. Also, the table dimensions will need to be adjusted. The (01) skirts and (02) aprons will need to be 11 inches long, and the (04) slats and (05) outside slats will need to be 13 1/2 inches long. Find the center of the plywood on the bottom face, and scribe a 14-inch square before joining the (06) top to the base assembly.




Cut List (Baseball Version)

#

Part Name

Qty.

Material

Size (in inches)

01

skirts

4

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 9 1/2

02

aprons

4

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 9 1/2

03

legs

4

2 x 2

1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 23 1/4

04

slats

3

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 12

05

outside slats

2

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 12

06

top

1

round panel

3/4 x 18 x 18

Cut List (Flower Version)

#

Part Name

Qty.

Material

Size (in inches)

01

skirts

4

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 11

02

aprons

4

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 11

03

legs

4

2 x 2

1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 23 1/4

04

slats

3

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 13 1/2

05

outside slats

2

1 x 3

3/4 x 2 1/2 x 13 1/2

06

top

1

plywood

3/4 x 20 x 20

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Article Contents

Lowe's List

  • Lumber
    • 2 poplar boards, 1 x 3 x8
    • 4 poplar boards, 2 x 2 x 3
    • 3 poplar boards, 2 x 2 x 3
    • 1 18-inch edge-glue round panel (baseball version)
    • 1 sheet of birch plywood, 3⁄4-inch x 2- x 2-foot (flower version)
  • Hardware & Supplies
    • 1 box of 4d finishing nails
    • 1 package (1 1/4-inch) pocket hole screws, coarse thread
    • 1 package of nail-on furniture glides
    • paintable wood filler (PL)
    • wood glue (Titebond II)
    • 1 quart of primer (Valspar)
    • Baseball version: 1 quart of paint (Valspar Ultra Premium, Classic Royal Blue 4009-8, semi-gloss)
    • Baseball version: 1 quart of paint (Valspar Ultra Premium, Anthem White 7006-24, semi-gloss)
    • Baseball version: 1 quart of paint (Valspar Ultra Premium, Classic Red 1009-2, semi-gloss)
    • Baseball version: 1 quart of paint (Valspar Ultra Premium, Dark Kettle Black 4011-2, semi-gloss)
    • Flower version: 1 quart of paint (Valspar Ultra Premium, Field of Daisies 3003-1B, semi-gloss)

Tools You'll Use

  • miter saw
  • jigsaw
  • drill/driver with bits
  • power sander and various grits of sandpaper
  • Kreg Jig K4
  • beam compass
  • clamps
  • framing square
  • tape measure
  • paintbrush/rags