Build a Bedside Table

This bedside-table project gives you three design options all based on the same basic construction plan. Just decide on a budget and choose a design to fit it.

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Basic Table

Materials and Tools:

¾-inch birch plywood (two 18-by-22½-inch pieces for sides, two 18-by-20-inch pieces for top and bottom and one 18-by-18½-inch pieces for the shelf)
¼-inch birch plywood (19½-by-23½-inch piece for back)
nail gun (available for rental at home-improvement centers)
¾-inch nails
wood glue
hammer

Steps:

1. Mark the shelf position on the back piece 9 inches from the top edge.

2. Apply a bead of glue on one of the short sides of the shelf and attach a side piece. Using the nail gun, secure the board every 3 inches. Attach the other boards the same way, following with the second side piece, the top and the bottom.

3. Attach the back with nails hammered into place 3 inches apart.

Read on to decide which finishing touches you want to apply.

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