Thank you guys so much for the love and excitement over my son’s new cabin bed! We’re pretty excited about it. There were a few questions and comments regarding how difficult it is to change the sheets. While changing the sheets on this cabin bed isn’t as straight-forward as a standard bed where all the sides are easily accessible, the wide open ends on the cabin bed make the chore more doable. I don’t suspect it’s any more difficult to change the sheets on a bunk bed. That being said, we love it so much, I really don’t mind the extra effort. Totally worth it, IMHO!
I also received a few questions and requests for plans for the rustic cargo nightstand in the photo. We’ve had this nightstand forever, it seems. My husband inherited it from his parents and I believe his Dad built it decades ago. After inspecting how it was constructed, it appears that my father-in-law employed some advanced woodworking skills, including a dado for the shelf to slide in, routed edges, as well as some biscuit joints (I’m guessing) and other more traditional joinery methods. When I drew up the plan, I simplified and streamlined the build so that no fancy woodworking tools were required to make this nightstand.
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- 5 – 1x4x8′
- 1 – 1x2x8′
- 1 – Quarter Sheet of 1/4″ Plywood
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
- 3/4″ Brad Nails or Staples
- Wood glue
- 4 – 1×4 @ 23-1/4″ (side stiles)
- 4 – 1×4 @ 10″ (side rails)
- 12 – 1×4 @ 17″ (side planks)
- 2 – 1×2 @ 17″ (side planks)
- 2 – 1×2 @ 13-1/2″ (shelf)
- 4 – 1×4 @ 13-1/2″ (shelf)
- 2 – 1×2 @ 15″ (top)
- 4 – 1×4 @ 15″ (top)
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 23-1/4″ x 16-1/2″ (back)
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Circular Saw
- Cordless Drill
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Brad Nailer or Hammer
- Stapler (optional)
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
Build the two sides. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the 1×4 rails and attach it to the 1×4 stiles with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
Add the shelf. First, construct the shelf by planking the boards together. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the edges and ends of the shelf boards and join with 1-1/4″ pocket holes screws and wood glue. Next, attach the constructed shelf to the side panels with 1-1/4″ pocket holes and wood glue. Alternately, you can use a shelf pin drilling jig to make the shelf adjustable.
Add the top. Once again, construct the top by planking the boards together and drilling 3/4″ pocket holes into the edges and ends of the boards, then join them together with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the top to the carcass with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
Thanks so much for reading, friends. I can’t wait to see your versions of this rustic nightstand. Be sure to tag me (@jenwoodhouse #houseofwood) if you’d like to share your handiwork! Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Be safe, have fun, and ask questions if you need to. Now go make some sawdust!
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