Mid-Century Nightstands

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.