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Free Woodworking Plan: You Can Build a Bedside Table

One of my favorite woodworking projects has always been the bedside table I made about 25 years ago. We had purchased most of the furniture for the room – all made of pine, but when we were able to afford a matching side table, the furniture line had been discontinued. So, I decided to make one that incorporated design elements from what we had already purchased.

This table was challenging because many aspects of the project were firsts for me: my first attempt at raised panels, I had never included beads around the drawer and door openings, and as I recall, this was the first project which utilized bracket feet.

The other furniture in the room were all made of knotty pine (I was into knotty pine at the time), so I chose pine for this project. I have always liked the proportions: a nice balance between the height and width; the bracket feet aren’t too big and I even like that the face frame stiles on the left and right sides have a little more width on them and they contain a nice chamfer as well.

I have replicated the process of building this table in my fifth woodworking plan titled You Can Build a Bedside Table. Also, this plan has been updated; instead of just showing you how it was built many years ago, I decided to incorporate a few design changes to reflect how I would build this table today.

To get an idea of what the project plan looks like, see some example pages below (click the images to enlarge):

Bedside table, page 1.

Bedside table, page 1.

Orthographic views.

Orthographic views.

Making the drawers, page 10.

Making the drawers, page 10.

I continue to look for ways to improve these plans I do and You Can Build a Bedside Table incorporates a couple of advancements. First, the plan incorporates true orthographic views, something I have never included before. These are basically straight ahead, two-dimensional views which are useful when adding dimensions. Secondly, instead of one main exploded view, there are exploded views throughout the plan.

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Also, you can download the SketchUp model I used to illustrate the plan by clicking here.

I hope you find this table to be a handsome project. And as always, I am interested in some feedback, so leave me a comment if you would like to. If you have any questions about the construction process, send me a message by using the form on my About/Contact page.


  1. Jeff, Nice project ! Thanks for submitting it to us for consideration. We'll be adding it to our free woodworking plans sites.

    Woodwork Safely,

  2. Yea David, I like the way it turned out. And it is somewhat challenging, but not too hard to build.

    Good to hear from you.


  3. Hi Jeff, the plans look great, nice to see you managed to get the original features in place.

  4. Jeff, the ebook looks amazing! By far your finest one. I really like the table as well. The woodworking community is so lucky to have people like you sharing such amazing information and hard work!

  5. Thanks Ant and Jason. I like doing them and I am constantly surprised by what you can do with a home computer and an internet connection.

  6. Pingback: Ed M. Builds the Bedside Table | Jeff Branch Woodworks

  7. Lou Allocco says

    Hello Jeff,
    I’m curious if you have an actual material list to accompany the cut list, i.e., how many 1x6x8’s, etc?


    • Hi Lou,

      I just created a material cutting diagram. Go to my contact page and leave me a message and I will email it to you.

    • Lou Allocco says

      Hey Jeff!

      Here’s my version of a 9 drawer dresser – I made some modifications from your dresser plans to suit my wife’s desired specs.

      Turned out nice and fits great with the night stands!

      Thanks! ~Lou

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