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Stack-It-Up Table

Build a one-of-a-kind bedside nightstand that’s both simple and stylish.


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Straightedge
  • Iron
  • Random-orbit sander and discs
  • Drill and 5/16" bit
  • Utility knife


  • 12 1/2" x 2' x 4' oak plywood (#6216)
  • 3 1" x 3" x 8' red oak boards (#1044)
  • 3/4" x 25' red oak iron-on edge banding (#16545)
  • 2 5/16"-diameter poplar round dowels (#19379)
  • 1 quart satin polyurethane (#45862)
  • Titebond Original wood glue, 16 ounces (#86092)

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Cut and Edge the Top

Step 1

From 1/2"-thick oak plywood, cut the top (A) to size. From the 1" x 3" oak boards, cut 16 base parts (B) 15-3/4" long and set them aside. From a 5/16" dowel cut 28 pieces just under 2" long.

Step 2

Turn your iron to its hottest setting and cut four pieces of edge banding about 16-1/2" long. Center the edge banding on one edge of the plywood. Heat and press it with the iron until the adhesive backing melts onto the plywood. Keep advancing with the iron until the band is attached end to end. Repeat for the opposite side.

Step 3

Using a utility knife with a fresh blade, trim away most of the excess edge banding. Work slowly and avoid nicking the face of the plywood. Then sand the edge banding flush with the plywood edges and ends. Repeat the previous step and this step to finish edge-banding the tabletop.

Step 4

Sand the top and base parts with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe them clean and apply three coats of clear satin finish.

Build the Base

Step 1

Working on a flat surface, place two 15-3/4" base parts on edge. Angle them about 30 degrees to each other with a 2" to 4" separation at one end.

Step 2

Place two more base parts on edge turned about 45 degrees and roughly centered over the first two parts. Mark both pairs where they overlap. At the overlap marks, drill centered 5/16" holes about 1" deep.

Good to Know

It’s important that these holes be drilled 90 degrees to the surface. If necessary, use a drilling jig or a block of wood with a notch cut from one corner at 90 degrees to use as a guide.

Step 3

Glue and drive 5/16" dowels into one pair of base parts. Then glue and drive the dowels in place and glue the second pair of base parts. Repeat for the remaining six pairs of base parts.

Step 4

stack-it-up table

Place the base where you want your table. Then center the top loose on the base.