For my next project, I needed to make some functional furniture. My current nightstand was an old bathroom cabinet composed of cheap particle-board that was stained and beginning to fall apart. I had had the cabinet for 14 years and it was time to try my hand at making something that needed to be in the house and I would use everyday.

I started with Steve Ramsey’s nightstand plans, though I had to make some modifications to fit the right size and shape that I desired. I wanted a taller stand with a deep bottom drawer to store my pajamas and long underwear. I also widened the middle gap a bit, since I tend to have a number of books stacked near my bed.

This was my first project that I remembered to take process pictures, so here’s the cabinet somewhat taking shape.

It was at this point, that I realized that I wouldn’t be able to use the full-sized shelf I had ready. I forgot to insert it before pulling the carcass together. The glue was already dried, so there was no turning back. I ended up cutting the shelf in half so that I could insert it.

In the end, it turned out okay and I clamped it all together to glue on the top and shelf.

I painted the shelf white and added some beautiful quartz-stone hardware knobs.

Now, that is an improvement.

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