One of my favorite woodworking projects has always been the bedside table I made about 25 years ago. We had purchased most of the furniture for the room – all made of pine, but when we were able to afford a matching side table, the furniture line had been discontinued. So, I decided to make one that incorporated design elements from what we had already purchased.
This table was challenging because many aspects of the project were firsts for me: my first attempt at raised panels, I had never included beads around the drawer and door openings, and as I recall, this was the first project which utilized bracket feet.
The other furniture in the room were all made of knotty pine (I was into knotty pine at the time), so I chose pine for this project. I have always liked the proportions: a nice balance between the height and width; the bracket feet aren’t too big and I even like that the face frame stiles on the left and right sides have a little more width on them and they contain a nice chamfer as well.
I have replicated the process of building this table in my fifth woodworking plan titled You Can Build a Bedside Table. Also, this plan has been updated; instead of just showing you how it was built many years ago, I decided to incorporate a few design changes to reflect how I would build this table today.
To get an idea of what the project plan looks like, see some example pages below (click the images to enlarge):
I continue to look for ways to improve these plans I do and You Can Build a Bedside Table incorporates a couple of advancements. First, the plan incorporates true orthographic views, something I have never included before. These are basically straight ahead, two-dimensional views which are useful when adding dimensions. Secondly, instead of one main exploded view, there are exploded views throughout the plan.
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UPDATE 08/07/17 – There is an error on page on page 5 in illustration 5B. The dimension 5-13/32″ should be 15-13/32″. I am working on updating the plan, but this is an old plan and an update could take a week or longer to complete.
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I hope you find this table to be a handsome project. And as always, I am interested in some feedback, so leave me a comment if you would like to. If you have any questions about the construction process, send me a message by using the form on my About/Contact page.