How to Build a Large Wooden Bedside Table How to Build a Large Wooden Bedside Table

What You'll Need
Solid wood plywood sheet, approximately 18 by 24 inches
Solid wood legs (4), approximately 24 inches long
4 pieces of solid wood sheeting, 1 by 2 inches (2, 16 inches long; 2, 22 inches long)
Drill, various bits, and various screws
Hammer and nails
Wood glue
Sandpaper
Finishing products as desired

A large bedside table is both an attractive feature and a useful addition to virtually any bedroom. These tables vary tremendously in size, style, and design material, but they all serve to provide an area on which to keep things close by to a bed. These tables are invaluable places to store personal items and other important things that you may need to reach from bed without having to get up. They can also be a good place to install a lamp or another lighting device. Fortunately, building your own customized wooden bedside table is a straightforward do it yourself project.

Step 1 - Drill Preliminary Holes

Use a 1/8 inch bit to drill holes and countersink holes in both ends of all four of the solid wood sheeting pieces that are 1 by 2 inches. The holes should be about 3 inches from both ends. Do not drill through more than half of the wood sheeting, as this may cause structural instability for your bedside table.

Step 2 - Configure the Top

Choose one side of the plywood sheet as the top of the table. On the underside of that sheet, draw a rectangle that is about 1 inches in from the edges. Use the wood glue to attach each of the 1 by 2 inch wood sheeting pieces to the appropriate sides of the base of the plywood sheet. They should line up with the rectangle that you've just drawn. A single line of wood glue should be enough to secure the pieces of wood sheeting to the top of the plywood, although you should allow the entire piece to dry completely and then double check it before continuing.

Step 3 - Attach the Legs

Fit the four legs into the corners that are created by the smaller pieces of wood sheeting that you've attached to the underside of the plywood top. Using the screw holes that you've created, drill screws into the legs to secure them in place. Repeat for each of the four legs of the table.

Step 4 - Sand and Finish

Sand down the entire table, focusing particularly on the edges around the top of the table. You can then finish and paint the table as you like. It's recommended that you treat the wood with a protective lacquer to help ensure that it will not be stained or damaged in other ways. If desired, you may also then stain the wood or paint it according to your design preferences as well.

The tools and materials necessary for this project are generally available at any home improvement store and can oftentimes be found at outdoor yard and equipment stores as well.

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