Ever since I made my bench from stair treads and wooden crates, I have been excited to try to make a nightstand, as well. This is for one of my boys and his favorite color is blue. It really couldn't have been easier. Waiting for the wood glue to dry is the longest part. I am saying this project cost around $50. The crates were $10 a piece and I used a portion of a stair tread. An entire tread is $12.65 for 48 inches. I only used 20 1/4 inches, so I am calling it $6.33. I used a paint sample that was $3.50 and 4 legs from Overstock that were $20 for all four. I couldn't be more pleased with the end result. I am going to making them for all my kids in their favorite colors and various stain colors. Stayed turned, at least 3 different versions on the horizon.
My Wood Crate Nightstand
First, I cut my stair tread down to 20 1/4 inches. I wanted a slight overhang on all sides. In the picture it is only cut half way across. My miter box only cuts that much and then I flip it and cut from the other side.
Here are the main pieces. My cut off stair tread, 2 crates, 4 legs and my paint sample. I did end up adding two pieces of scrap wood to the bottom of the crates. I didn't think the slats were sturdy enough and the holes didn't line up well on the slats.
Here is a picture of the holes on the legs and the rubber bottoms. These would be so good for hardwood floors.
I began by painting the crates.
See how the holes do not line up well?
So, I glued two scraps of wood onto the bottom. I clamped them and let them dry for hours.
When the bottom was dry, I glued and clamped the two crates together.
If I had one more clamp, I probably would have used it but 4 was totally enough.
It was super simple to attach these legs.
With legs and top, it stands almost 31 inches tall. I don't have a picture but I used a brad nailer and wood glue to attach the top to the crate.
I am so happy with how it turned out.
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Carol Z on Jul 27, 2017You know...this is a fantastic idea! I can see changing this up for SO many areas in your house or even patio!! And also, I have read through many project ideas on this email forum, and I want to tell you that you did a wonderful job laying out your steps! Sometimes I really love the ideas, but they are hard to follow . Thank you for your attention to detail! Keep your ideas and steps coming!