Fluted Nightstand

Ash | Dash Lifestyles
by Ash | Dash Lifestyles
6 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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  • 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?

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Oct 28, 2023

    I love the look. I wonder if you could cut those dowels in half and nail them to the wall to create a headboard to match? I think that would be cool. Great project. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  • Katen Katen on Oct 27, 2022

    Oh my, you took what used to be first apartment end table and made an end table that looks like an end table. So very nice and sturdy too. Thank you for sharing

  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on Oct 29, 2023

    Great job! Has high end look. Seems quite sturdy. Thank you for sharing. You could potentially leave an opening and have storage too.