I'm also a sucker for hardware, and these bedside tables are no exception. Anthropologie was having a 50% off sale on a lot of their knobs, and I picked these up for half off. (score!) Hardware is definitely the "bling" of any furniture, and with Argie meaning "Silver" in Greek, I had to get serious about the bling.
The other great thing about these side tables is that it uses exactly a half piece of plywood. So, if you're making 2 to match, it works out kinda perfect. Anyway, enjoy!
Estimated Cost: $50-75
Wood:1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long 1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long 1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1/4" Plywood Scrap (at least 21" x 14") 1 - 1/2 Sheet of 3/4" Plywood
Hardware and Supplies:1 - set of bottom mount 14" drawer slides 1 - super cute knob or pull LOTS of edge banding 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 1 1/4" Finishing Nails Wood Glue Wood Filler Medium Grit Sandpaper Primer or Wood Conditioner Paint or Stain
Tools:Kreg Jig Miter Saw Table Saw Drill Nailer Sander Level Measuring Tape Carpenter’s Square Safety Glasses
Cut List:Boards: 1 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2" - Base (long) 2 - 1x2 @ 15" - Base (short) 2 - 1x4 @ 21" - Drawer Inside (long) 2 - 1x4 @ 12 1/2" - Drawer Inside (short) 2 - 1x8 @ 8 1/4" - Center Divider 1 - 1x8 (ripped to 6 1/2") @ 21 3/4" - Drawer Front (You could also use the end scrap piece of your plywood for your drawer front) 2 - 1x8 @ 15 1/4" - Drawer Casing Side Plywood: 1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 21" x 14" - Drawer Bottom 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 27 3/4" x 23 1/2" - Back 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 23 1/2" x 15 1/4" - Shelves 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 22" x 15 1/4" - Drawer Casing Bottom
General Instructions:Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step. Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact. (Especially when working with doors and drawers!) Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit. Please read through the entire plan before getting started.
Cut your 3/4" plywood as shown in the diagram. If an entire sheet doesn't fit into your car, have your local blue or orange rip your plywood into 2 23 1/2" x 96" sheets. This plan is great because it uses almost exactly a half sheet, so if you need 2 bedside tables it works out perfectly.
Step 2:Attach your drawer casing to the sides by using your Kreg Jig. (You could also countersink 1 1/4" screws from the outside, but, as always, the Kreg Jig gives you a stronger, more secure hold with less holes to fill when finishing.) While all of your sides are open, now would be a good time to attach the drawer slides to the inside of your casing. This way, you're not trying to fit your arm into the tiny drawer space later on down the road. The drawer slide should have a 3/4" gap on the front, leaving additional room for your drawer front.
Step 3:Attach the top to your box by either using your Kreg Jig or countersinking 1 1/4" screws from the top. All edges should be flush and square.
Attach the box to the top of your plywood back by either using your Kreg Jig from the inside of the box or countersinking 1 1/4" screws from the back. The top and sides of your box should be flush with your plywood.
Assemble your drawer using your Kreg Jig as shown above. Attach the bottom with 1 1/4" finishing nails and wood glue. Screw in your bottom mount drawer slide and fit it into your drawer. There should be a 3/4" gap in the front to leave room for your drawer front.
Once your drawer is inside of your end table, line up your drawer front leaving a 1/8" gap on all sides. Attach it to your drawer using 1 1/4" finishing nails and wood glue. (This step will be even easier if you lay your bedside table down on its back.)
Finish your project as desired! For tips on finishing, check out the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.