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Bedside Nightstand with shhhhh,...a secret!

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Project by CampD posted 08-22-2015 08:23 PM 3963 views 34 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took some time off my regular projects to work on a prototype nightstand idea I’ve had planned for quite some time. A nightstand that has a secret compartment to hide that secret item, if you know what I mean!

This design is based on a Mission style but with a secret, a hidden compartment that drops down. To drop the secret drawer down you have to open the main drawer and push a button releasing the drop-down drawer.
I like to build my prototypes out of 2×4s and scrap plywood as their cheap and I’m not wasting quality wood – I always like to get clear 2xs when I’m at the lumber yard for just such prototype projects.
No finish on this yet, will be stained and the real versions to match my bedroom will be made in white Oak. These will also look good in Cherry.

Tweaks and Comments welcome!

-- Doug...





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#1 posted 08-22-2015 08:28 PM

Nice idea! Is the latch magnet based?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 08:31 PM

Right now I have both a mag catch -I was thinking just for the added weight- and a push-button catch that works very well.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 08:44 PM

I really like your design Doug… well done!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 08:44 PM

Oh, this is great. My wife was just saying a few days ago that our son in Ohio could use a night-side table. Well, this one fits the bill. If ya don’t mind, I’ll borrow your design… more-or-less. I really like the leg shape and, of course, the secret compartment. Whatever you can add to this will be appreciated.

-- Noel

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 10:01 PM

Nice!

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 10:12 PM

Is this really a prototype using “cheap” timber ?....I dont think so !!

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 10:19 PM

Yes Rob,
Its made outa 2xs, once and awhile you can find good ones and I always grab-um!
This used less than 3 2×4s making it about 10 bucks worth of lumber.
$10 for the drawer slides and $10 for the lock mechanism, rest was scrape pieces.
And yes this “prototype” will go up to camp.

Frame assembly pic

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 10:30 PM

Clever idea … thanks for posting.

Just a thought … if the drawer were a little shallower and the drawer front a little larger, the front stretcher (below the drawer) could be narrower (like the one stretchers below the side panels).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 08-22-2015 10:39 PM

If the front stretcher were narrower there wouldn’t be room for the hidden drop down shelf for that item.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 08-22-2015 11:02 PM

Gerry,
I know what you mean, following the same lines around from front to the sides. I did think of making the drawer front wider with a false back, my idea is to make the hidden drawer as less noticeable as possible. I could widen the side rails.

-- Doug...

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#11 posted 08-22-2015 11:49 PM

I love it! Now if I can just figure out the latch mechanism…........

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 08-23-2015 12:05 AM

I could widen the side rails.

That would work … maybe make the side panels the same height as the drawer front.

I have never built prototypes with the detail you did here … looks terrific. I have had some luck with kiln-dried 2×12’s that I milled for some pretty decent shop furniture. Most of the 2×4’s at our local big box stores either look like Twizzlers or have pitch running out of them.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 08-23-2015 12:35 AM

I look at the stack of 2xs every time I go in, also check the hardwood for choice pieces. Can find an occasional piece of curly maple, grab-um even if I don’ need them. Recently found a piece of curly oak at the orange big box.

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 08-23-2015 04:15 AM

I like! And I’m making a not to self to borrow your prototype strategy of using select 2x material.

-- too old to rock & roll......

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#15 posted 08-23-2015 10:41 AM

Great looking nightstand and cool design for the secret compartment.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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