DIY Modern Plywood Nightstand | Video Tutorial + Building Plans

Friday, October 25, 2019 -
How build a modern plywood nightstand with a continuous grain waterfall edge using the Kreg Adaptive Cutting System

*This post is sponsored by Kreg Tool and The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product or payment in exchange. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

My sister is getting ready to move into a much smaller house and needed some new furniture to match the new home's more petite scale. Good thing she has a sister who loves to build furniture. 

I've been wanting to try a project with a continuous grain, mitered edge design that kinda creates a waterfall effect. It's traditionally a more advanced technique, but since I've been using my Adaptive Cutting System from Kreg  more and more, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to test this tricky design element out. 

The good news is:
1. It was way easier than I expected.
2. You can duplicate the same tecnique with a circular saw or table saw.
3. I sketched up FREE building plans! (see below)

Push play and check out the build video below to pick up all the tips and tricks I learned while building these nightstands. Also, you can get a little behind the scenes peek of what my husband and I talk about when we're filming video entries.

Keep scrolling for information about something of the specific tools I used on this build and to see the final product!

If you watch the YouTube build video you will notice that this was one project where having the right tools made all the difference. In addition to my Kreg Adaptive Cutting System (A.K.A. the ACS), the star of the show, I tried out a couple new gadgets. 

I'm going to the gym and one day I want to be able to wield a full sheet of 3/4" plywood myself, but in the meantime it's a pretty daunting task. Whenever possible, I have one of the associates at Home Depot cut my sheet goods into manageable chunks on the panel saw. Another great alternative for breaking down large material is the DeWalt Atomic Cordless Mini Circular Saw

This is the perfect saw for quick little cuts. I think I'm going to start storing mine under the truck seat for future Home Depot trips. My favorite feature is hands down the adjustable edge guide. This 4-1/2" circular saw is small but mighty. It can even power through framing lumber up to 1-1/2" thick.

If you like to build and don't own a cordless trim router yet, you definitely need to put one on your Christmas list. I personally am a big fan of the Ridgid Octane 18-Volt Cordless Brushless router

I own a few different routers, but this Ridgid compact router is currently my favorite. I have tiny hands and have to admit that I sometimes struggle to control a full sized router. This little guy is small enough to fit in my hands but powerful enough to finish edges and even cut joinery! 

Alright, alright. Enough of the shop talk. Ready to see the pretty pictures?

Who needs expensive baltic birch plywood? I think the exposed grain of this inexpensive Home Depot plywood is gorgeous.

I've built dozens of dressers and drawers but I think this was my first project where I built the drawer boxes perfectly the first time. No adjustments needed.

I think I'm going to start making more furniture handles and pull from scrap material. What do you think?

I'm SOOOO glad I pushed myself and went with the continuous grain design on these bad boys. It takes something as humble as pine plywood and makes it something special.

I never used to be a big fan of the grain of pine, but it's kinda growing on me.

If you're interested in building a modern nightstand or two, you gotta head over to where you can score not only the plans to this project, but hundreds of other amazing DIY ideas as well. 

Not quite ready to build your own modern plywood nightstand? Feel free to pin the image below to save the idea for later. 

how to build make DIY modern mid century plywood waterfall continuous nightstand bedside table

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