I’m sure you’ve heard the trope “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”? Well the same thing in the Vanderlist household can be said about furniture. Around here it feels like I’m always making something for someone else’s house (or more than likely for my shop).
For a long time now my wife Samantha has been asking me to build us a matching set of bedside tables. I keep asking if she wouldn’t prefer something bigger and more awe striking like a new dining room table. But while that would be nice, a bedside table that actually has room to set a book AND a lamp seemed to be a higher priority.
So, starting on today’s episode I’m finally building those bedside tables for her. The design is simple. Straight lines, no embellishments and something with a drawer and a shelf. Samantha also asked that they be painted too. That’s fine with me, I have a decent stash of Poplar that’s been waiting to be used for quite a while now.
I’ll get us started by roughing out the stock that will be the 20″x18″ tops and the 16″x16″ shelfs. These dimensions are a little too big for my jointer and thickness planer, so it’s a great excuse to break out the hand planes and flatten them by hand.
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Download the Sketchup Plan for this build (note: the drawer box should be adjusted for your specific hardware or needs)
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