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A Simple Nightstand to Build with a Mirrored Door


DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand

I really like the simplicity of this plan… The DIY plans to build a Valerie Nightstand feature a mirrored door and an inner shelf. The door hinges can be positioned on either side for a beautiful pair! This is a very quick and easy build that can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Mirror – 10-3/4″ x 15-3/4″
  • Silicone for mirror installation
  • 1 set of hinges
  • 1 cabinet pull
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

Lumber listed is for ONE nightstand

  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 16-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 4 – 2×2 at 23-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 18-1/2″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ – Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-3/4″ x 13-1/2″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 16-1/2″ – Top
  • 2 – 1×2 at 10-1/4″ – Door Rails
  • 2 – 1×2 at 18-1/4″ – Door Stiles

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the piece for the bottom and cut the notches using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Using a portable pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in the notches as shown.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Bottom

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the legs. Position the bottom on the legs as shown (4″ up from the bottom of the legs) securing with glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Legs

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the sides. Drill pocket holes in the side and bottom edges. Secure the sides to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the sides will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Sides

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back. Drill pocket holes in the side and bottom edges. Secure the back to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the back will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Back

Step Five

Cut the piece for the shelf. The shelf will be positioned flush with the back making it 3/4″ back from the front face of the legs to allow for the door. Drill pocket holes along the back edge of the shelf. Secure the shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws into the back. Secure the sides of the shelf using 1-1/2″ brad nails through the sides into the shelf.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Shelf

Step Six

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Top

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the door. Assemble the door using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Use a router and a 1/4″ rabbeting bit to cut a 1/4″ deep rabbet around the inside of the frame to allow for the mirror. Use a hammer and a chisel to square the corners of the rabbet.

Cut the piece of mirror to fit in the rabbet. Secure the mirror in place using a bead of silicone.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Door 1

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Door 2

Step Eight

Install the hinges on the door, then install the door on the cabinet. Install the cabinet pull.

DIY Plans to Build a Valerie Nightstand_Door 3

Finish as desired.

Glass, Plexiglas, or punched aluminum can be substituted for the mirror on the door. The nightstand would also make an excellent end table either alone or in a pair. Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com if there are questions about the DIY plans to build a Valerie Nightstand!

 

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