Madison Bedside Table

Well, guys... it's been a while.  And, I'm sorry.  Work has been the most out of control that it's been for me in years.  Lots of late nights, midnight conference calls, and harsh deadlines have been going on at my office to get the latest movie we've been working on out the door.  We have one more big project we're working on right now that's wrapping up, but after that's over I'm really hoping we get a break so that I can do more of what I love... building.  Now that it's spring time I have so many outdoor projects I want to do.  I just need more time to do them!

I want to thank all of you who've stuck with me.  I really do have the most kind and loyal readers that anyone could ask for.  I apologize for not answering your comments, responding to emails, doing all of the things that I'm usually so on top of.  Your patience is appreciated, and I promise I don't take it for granted.

Since I've been so MIA, I wanted the first thing I came back with to be something that was "reader requested".  Special thanks to Jessica for emailing me about expanding the Madison Collection!  Based on the Chelsea Bedside Table by PB Teen, this side table goes great with the Madison Dresser and Platform Bed with Cubby.

Estimated Cost: $50-75


Dimensions as listed above.

Shopping List:


1 - 1x10 @ 4 ft 1 - 1x2 @ 10 ft 1 - 2x2 scrap @ at least 35" long 1 - piece of 3/4" half round moulding @ 10 ft 1 - piece of 3/4" cove moulding @ 8 ft 1/2 sheet of 3/4" plywood 1/4 sheet of 1/4" plywood

Hardware and Supplies:

4 - Bun feet of your choice 1 - Knob or Drawer Pull 1 - set of 16" Bottom Mount Drawer Slides 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 2″ Screws 1 1/4″ Finishing Nails Wood Glue Wood Filler Edge Banding in your Plywood finish Medium Grit Sandpaper Primer or Wood Conditioner Paint or Stain


Kreg Jig Miter Saw Circular or Jig Saw Drill Countersink Bit Finishing Nailer Sander Level Measuring Tape Carpenter’s Square Safety Glasses

Cut List:

2 - 1x2 @ 12 1/2" - Drawer Side Trim 2 - 1x2 @ 10 1/2" - Drawer Top/Bottom Trim 2 - 1x2 @ 12 3/4" - Front Trim (bottom) 2 - 1x2 @ 10" - Top Trim (side) 1 - 1x2 @ 13 3/4" - Top Trim (top) 2 - 2x2 @ 16 3/4" - Drawer Slide Support 1 - 1x10 @ 9 3/4" - Drawer Back 2 - 1x10 @ 16" - Drawer Side Half Round and Cove Moulding measured to fit 1 - 1/4" PLY @ 25" x 17 1/2" - Back 1 - 1/4" PLY @ 16" x 11 1/4" - Drawer Bottom 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 18 1/4" x 16 3/4" - Base Bottom 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 18 1/4" x 16 3/4" - Center Shelf 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 13 1/2" x 12 1/2" - Drawer Front 2 - 3/4" PLY @ 17 1/2" x 12 3/4" - Base Sides 2 - 3/4" PLY @ 17 1/2" x 10" - Top Sides 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 19" x 18 1/4" - Top

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.

Plywood Cuts:

Cut your 3/4" Plywood as shown above.  If you're making a second bedside table, use the diagram on the right side to save on plywood and minimize your waste.

Step 1:

Assemble the base of your side table.

Step 2:

Adding onto your base that you built in step 1, assemble your top cubby.

Step 3:

Add trim around the front of your side table.

Step 4:

Add drawer supports to the base.

Step 5:

Assemble your drawer interior.  Before cutting any of the boards for your drawer, measure the gap between your drawer supports and make sure that the width of your drawer is exactly 1" shorter.  Add your 1/4" plywood drawer bottom with finishing nails and wood glue.  Add your drawer slides - this will further secure the bottom of your drawer.

Step 6:

Center your drawer front into the opening with your drawer inside installed as per your drawer slide's instructions.  There should be a 1/8" gap on all sides of the drawer front.  Once you have it in place, attach it with finishing nails and wood glue to start, then remove the drawer and screw the front in with 1/4" pocket hole screws from the holes you drilled in the previous step.

Step 7:

Add drawer trim along the edges of your drawer front.

Step 8:

Attach bun feet as per your manufacturer's instructions.

Step 9:

Add moulding along your edges as shown above using wood glue and 1 1/4" finishing nails, making sure to miter the edges at a 45 degree angle where they touch.  I don't give measurements on moulding as each piece needs to be cut exactly to fit, and it's practically impossible to build anything with absolute, exact measurements.  Your cove moulding fits in right underneath your top, and the half round separates the cubby and base as well as lines the bottom of your base along the plywood edge.  Since you're adding the moulding, you will only need edge banding along your top piece of plywood.

Step 10:

Add your 1/4" plywood back and drawer pull.


Finish your project as desired.  Make sure to sand it down with medium grit sand paper and fill in all your holes with wood filler before tackling that paint or stain.  For more tips on finishing, visit The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.

2 Replies to “Madison Bedside Table”

  1. I am so excited to see this! You are just amazing! My bedroom is slowly coming together, and I can’t wait to see what you post next!

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