Fluted Nightstand

3 Materials
3 Hours

I finished off my sons room with a diy nightstand using a wire spool from the hardware store and some wooden dowels.

Starting off with a wire spool that I got for free from the hardware store, 3/4” dowels, and a piece of plywood, I got started.

Doing a sample cut was a good idea, and I moved it all around the spool to make sure it would fit all the way around.

Setting up a guide stop is the best way to go if you are doing multiple cuts that are the same size. This made it super quick and easy, since I didn’t have to measure each piece, and each piece cut exactly the same.

Having the dowels all cut at once is handy and a time saver. For my 20” spool, I used between 75-100 cut dowels. I got 4 pieces out of one 4ft dowel.

A quick sand on each end was all these needed.

Then simply begin inserting dowels and nailing with a nail gun. I flipped it on it’s side and nailed from top and bottom as I worked my way around.

To finish off the top of the spool, I traced the top and cut out a circle using my jigsaw. I then nailed this onto the spool for a smooth finished top.

To add some height I added feet before attaching the dowels.

I then used flagstone stain to get the color I wanted. I used a rag and did a light coat.

My son loves his new nightstand.

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and it finishes off the room perfectly!!!

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  • Mimi Lafeurs Mimi Lafeurs on Oct 28, 2020

    It is beautiful! You can leave a small space in the back without the dowels for storage. And you can’t see from the front. Looks very high end

  • Lucy Collins Lucy Collins on Oct 28, 2020

    That looks really nice! Did you make his bed as well?

  • Barbara Saxman Barbara Saxman on Oct 29, 2020

    what do you use the wire for?

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