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Designer Nightstand Dupe with Woven Shelf Plans


If you've been looking for a sophisticated nightstand for your bedroom then this build is for you!


I wanted a nightstand with a ton of storage and I fell in love with one from Mcgee, but it was almost $1,000 so of course I decided to build it.


I partnered with Minwax to bring you these plans so you can build your own, or two.






OVERVIEW






MATERIALS LIST




Shopping List

  • 8' x 4' x .75" oak plywood - 1 for all sides, bottom, back, center divider & drawer

  •  4' x 2' x .25" plywood - 1 for drawer bottom

  •  Solid oak 1.5" x 1.5" x 6' - 2 for legs, is also called 2 x 2 x 6 at hardware stores

  • Wood glue

  • Kreg pocket screws 1 1/4" - 100

  • Minwax true black

  • Minwax polycrylic matte

  • Minwax oil based conditioner

  • Drawer slides 14" - set of 1

  • 1/2" x 1/2" x 7' dowel - 2

  • Hardware of choice

  • 3/8" roundover bit (optional)

  • 1 1/4" spax screws - 25

  • 1/2" forstner bit

  • 3mm seagrass rope


Tools Needed

  • Drill

  • Circular saw/table saw

  • Pocket hole jig

  • Router (optional)



Plywood cut list


CUT LIST


  • Legs - 26 1/4"" x 11.5" x 1.5" (2)

  • Sides - 16" x 9 3/4" x .75" (2)

  • Bottom - 29 11/16" x 16" x .75" (1)

  • Center divider - 29 11/16" x 16" x .75" (1)

  • Top - 29 11/16" x 2 3/4" x .75" (1)

  • Back top - 29 41/64" x 2 3/4" x .75" (1)

  • Back bottom - 29 41/64" x 4 1/2"x .75" (1)

  • Drawer side - 14" x 3.5" x .75" (2)

  • Drawer front & back - 27 3/16" x 3.5" x .75" (2)

  • Drawer bottom - 27 11/16" x 14 1/2" x .75" (1)

  • Drawer front - 29 23/32" x 4 1/2" x .75" (1)

  • Dowel long side - 30.1875" x 1/2" x 1/2" (2)

  • Dowel short side - 16 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" (1)


INSTRUCTIONS





1. Cut legs to size.

Optional: add a 3/8" roundover to 3 sides





2. Attach the side panels to the legs. Use wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws.





3. Attach bottom as shown in the diagram with wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws.





4. Attach center panel as shown in diagram with wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws.




5. Attach top as shown in diagram with wood glue and and 1 1/4" pocket screws.




6. Attach the 2 seperate back pieces to the back of the nightstand using wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws as shown in diagram.






7. Using a piece of scrap glue and screw that into the sides of the drawer opening. The scrap piece should be about 3/4" so the drawer slides can move in and out of the opening freely.

Attach the drawer slides so they set in the center of the drawer opening.

Tip: Use a piece of scrap to lift up the drawer slides when you are screwing them in.








8. Put the drawer box together using 1 1/4" pocket screws and wood glue.

The pocket holes should be facing out.

Run a 1/4" x 1/4" groove in the inside bottom of all 4 drawer sides so the bottom panel can slide right in.







9. After installing the drawer box to the drawer slides, attach the drawer front using 1 1/4" screws from the inside of the drawer box.

Tip: When installing the drawer box place a piece of 1/4" scrap on the bottom of the drawer box opening and set the drawer box on top before screwing in the drawer slides.






10. Using 1 1/2" forstner bit drill about 1/4" into the legs on all 4 sides of the nightstand.

The bottom of the dowel should be 5" from the bottom of the legs. Use a scrap piece cut to 5" and use that as your indicator before drilling.

Attach the dowels you cut to size to the holes you just drilled with wood glue.

Optional: add additional dowels as center support before weaving your shelf.





11. Weave the shelf using seagrass rope.

Start the weave by making a knot on the back of the side dowel. Run the rope up and around the other side. Do this continuously until you have the rope fills up the dowels from side to side.






12. Now start a weave on the back left of the dowel and start weaving front to back.

Here is where you will be pulling the rope under some of the rope you wove in the previous step.

Grab a small piece of scrap wood and place them under the center 20 pieces of rope on the horizontal pieces you wove in the previous step.

When you are weaving front to back, weave the rope underneath those 20 pieces.






13. When you weave about 60-70 strands start pulling the rope over all the rope you wove in previous step. Weave about 60 - 70 strands before you continue weaving under the center 20 pieces of rope. Finish with a double knot and you are done!




To get a black finish that still shows the beautiful oak grain I first sanded the whole thing to 220 grit.


I used Minwax pre -stain conditioner first, waited 10 minutes and wiped off the excess.


Then I used Minwax true black oil based stain. I did the first coat using a brush, waited 4 hours and then applied another coat for a super black finish.


I waited 24 hours before I applied Minwax polycrylic in matte with a brush.

2 hours later I sanded with 220 grit and wiped away the sanding dust with a tack cloth.


I applied one more coat of the polycrylic for durability.


Then I added my favorite hardware and now I have a nightstand with a ton of storage and its super cute!

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