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In this video you will learn how to build and make a simple DIY Nightstand with a wood base and a concrete top. The base is made of pine which is very affordable. The concrete top for the nightstand is one inch thick and easy to make. A pair of nightstands will cost approximately $150 to make or you can make a single nightstand for about $85. This project will show you how fun and easy it is to work with concrete. Many DIY'ers are intimidated by concrete, but with a little practice you'll be whipping out concrete tops like they are going out of style. Best of luck with your projects and have fun!

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Make Your Cuts
Head to your table saw and set your fence to start ripping the boards. Rip all of the 1×6 and 1×8 boards to the varying widths. Then use your miter saw to cut the boards to length. Inside the downloadable plans, you’ll find a complete cut list where we’ve outlined all of the dimensions you’ll need to cut. If you don’t have a miter saw you can find one here.

Sand all of the Parts
Now that all of your parts are cut, this is a perfect time to sand everything. Using an orbital sander and 180 to 220 grit sandpaper, sand all of the parts ensuring that you’re getting the fronts, backs, edges, tops, and bottoms.

Assemble the Legs
The smaller, 1 3/4” leg sides always screw into the larger 2 1/2” leg fronts. Make sure to be mindful of left front, right front, left back, etc when assembling to ensure you face and assemble the legs correctly. Apply glue to both the areas to be kreg screwed together. Line up the legs and square it up. Screw 1″ Kreg screws into the pocket holes. Clean up any glue bleed-out with a damp rag to save yourself time in sanding later.

Screw Sides and Back into Place
Once you have assemble your leg pairs and have a left front, right front, left back, etc its time to square it up with the back and side pieces. Apply glue to both areas to be screwed together. We need to pre-drill the areas to be screwed in to ensure the boards will not crack. Using 1” or 1 ¼”screws, screw it all together and repeat the steps for the right back set.

Build and Install the Drawer Box
The drawer box is made from the ½” plywood. All of it’s dimensions and the complete cultist are outlined in the downloadable plans. This drawer box will all get Kreg screwed together after we drill the pocket holes. The drawer front screws in from the inside of the box. The drawer slide hardware mounts inside the nightstand base as well as on the sides of the drawer box.

Cut and Construct the Melamine for Concrete Form
The concrete top on the nightstands is 20″ by 20″ by 1″. We need to cut the melamine to that size to build a form for the concrete to be poured into and then cure in. Be sure to keep it clean, any imperfections on the melamine will translate onto the concrete. Seal it around the edges with 100% silicone.

Pour Cement and Mix
In a 5 gallon bucket, pour the about 1/3 of the bag of Quikrete Countertop Mix in and add enough water to make a good consistency. Mix it all up with a small shovel, piece of scrap wood, or mixer.

Screed, Trowel, and Level
Its important to screen and level the cement mixture to the top of the form. Use a scrap 2×4 to level and scrape any excess off, working any back in that needs to be. Get everything smooth, this is the last step before curing.

Sand the Concrete and Fill any Holes
After the concrete has cured for at least 24-48 hours, remove the concrete top from the form. Sand the bottom, top, and edges of the concrete. Fill any holes with a cement paste and then sand that all smooth. Prepare it for sealing.
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Pete Sveen
1627 W Main Street Suite 182
Bozeman, Montana 59715


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