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Wooden bedside table

Diving into the world of the Scandinavian handmade. Everything in it is concise and simple, both in design and execution. Today we will tell you how to “put together” a coffee table-bedside table from wooden remains (boards, bars, etc.). And also teach how to turn wood into metal.

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More about the required tool:

  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Roulette
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Protective glasses


  • 4 bars 2×2 (22.5 inches)
  • 8 bars 2×2 (16.5)
  • 1 bar 1×6
  • 3 bars 1×4 (21)
  • 2 bars 1×3 (21 inches)
  • 0.5-inch Craig Pocket Screws (or Furniture Screed)
  • Screws (self-tapping screws)

Step 1

We divide the wooden blanks into beams for the base and countertops.

We clamp the boards for the upper part with a special stencil and make holes for future fastening.

Important: the holes must be angled, otherwise all the cracks will be drilled out.

We assemble the tabletop using pocket screws or a furniture screed.

Step 2

From the remaining bars, we collect the base of the nightstand. Using the same stencil, we drill holes in all the bars. We tighten the design with a fixing tool. It should turn out a cube.

Step 3

We take a grinder and process the assembled worktop with sandpaper of low stiffness (P 220). We remove the remains of wood dust from the site. We take the fabric and process the surface with wood oil. Leave to dry. If the bars are made from different breeds, pick out the oil that is suitable for everyone.

Step 4

The last task is to artificially age the base and add the effect of metal corrosion.

What is needed for this:

  • Chalkboard paint (graphite)
  • Sand (for decorating)
  • Bronze oil (metallic)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brush

Mix paint to create a sandboard (2 to 1). Why exactly graphite paint? Because it has sufficient viscosity, mixes easily with sand and gives the design a matte finish.

Apply a thick layer of paint on wooden blocks.

Tip: For a convex texture, blot the surface, not smear from edge to edge.

Leave to dry.

We spray paint the color “bronze metallic” (in places you can rub with a cotton rag).

Leave to dry again. Apply a small amount of acrylic paint to the brush. Blot the brush on paper to remove excess. Add the “rust effect” in any place you like.

Step 5

We fix the countertop on the finished base.

Done! The bedside table turns out easy and strong. If desired, you can replace the base with square-shaped metal pipes.

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