Have you ever wanted to make your own Mid-Century Modern Nightstands, but were to intimidated to actually try it? Well fear no more, here are some simple and easy to follow step-by-step instructions for you to finally make your own set.
DIY Mid-Century Modern Nightstands:
- The overall “Box” of the nightstands is made up of 3/4″ A1 finished cabinet ply.
- First, cut a 45-degree miter on every end.
- Then, glue up with TITEBOND III wood glue and place 3 brad nails on each joint.
- Use iron-on wood veneer and cut two 45-degree miter ends to hide the exposed wood.
- The legs are made up of solid 2×2 wood stock.
- Tapped on Bandsaw or table saw (with jig) left the bottom to be 1″ thick. It comes out to about a 10-15 degree taper.
- Joint with glue and pocket holes up to a 3/4 x 3″ apron. Previously I did mortise and tenons to joint these parts, but I did not have time to do that on this build.
- Attach the legs to the body with glue and pocket holes as well. I left about a 3″ gap on each side for this.
- When building the drawers, I used 3/4″ pinewood.
- Leave a 1/2 gap on both sides of the drawer to make room for the sliders.
- For the drawer faces I used solid red oak.
- Finish work:
- I used MINWAX Wood conditioner first to give the wood an even playing field for staining.
- Then I used MINWAX’s oil based Weathered Oak stain on the wood. I applied with foam brush.
- I finished everything off with Poly from Rostoleum- Wipe On Polyurethane. Three layers should be enough.
Now go roll your sleeves up and build.
…and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
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