How to Build a Log Nightstand

What You'll Need
4 de-barked pine logs measuring 2 inches in diameter and 30 inches in length
Sheet of high quality pine measuring around 15 inches by 30 inches by 3/4 inch
Wood saw
Precision drill and bits
Sanding block
Preferred wood finish
Selection of wooden dowels
Spirit level
Adhesive pads for nightstand legs

Log furniture can bring an invaluable feeling of warmth and friendliness to your home. The other benefit of log furniture is the satisfaction that can be experienced by building your own furniture. There are many fantastic log projects that can be attempted by novice DIY enthusiasts. This step-by-step guide to building your very own log nightstand is just one of them.

Step 1--Preparing the Wood

Use the sanding block and paper on your pine components, ensuring that they are completely de-barked and of a good standard. Cracks, known as "checks," are, in fact, a sign of quality, and if these are present in your pine, you can be sure that you have chosen some top-quality timber. Once you have checked the wood, you must cut the logs to the length you desire and make sure that they stand straight. A spirit level can be used for this. Next, cut the sheet of pine into a 15-by-15-inch square and a 12-by-12-inch square, leaving a 3-by-3-inch square to be used for wedging.

Step 2--Beginning Construction

We are now able to begin working on the joints that will hold the nightstand together. Place the 15-inch square on the floor and place the four logs on top at the edges. Use a pencil to mark the circled points where the legs will go. Use a drill to make a 1/4 inch hole in the middle of each of the four circles that you have marked. These are your dowel recesses. Do the same on the tops of each pine leg. If you need to increase the depth for the dowel, drill further into the pine leg. You may drill entirely through the night stand surface if deepening the recess here.

Step 3--Attaching the Shelf

Now that we have a basic table, we can use the 12 inch square to create a shelf underneath the main surface. Keep the nightstand upside down and balance the square in between the feet of the four legs. Mark the curved sections that must be cut from the edges of the shelf square. Use the jigsaw to cut these sections out and check that the shelf slides snugly between the four legs.

Step 4--Wedge Joints

Now we can use the 3-by-3-inch leftovers to produce some triangular wedges that will hold up the shelf. Simply cut the wood into 3/4-by-3/4-inch cubes that will then be cut in half. Mark opposite points on the inside of each leg where you will drill a dowel recess. Drill a recess into the triangular wedges, thus allowing you to attach the four small platforms by dowel. The shelf can then rest on top of them.

Step 5--Finishing Moves

This is a very simple and satisfying project and can be completed without any screws or adhesive. To finish, apply your preferred wood finish to create an authentic effect. Apply adhesive pads to the feet if you are afraid of scratching the floor.