Here is the completed nightstand. It certainly has some inspiration from the Pottery Barn version, but with my own improvements. The nightstand plans and inspiration.
Things I learned
- Tapered legs are simple to make, yet add a lot of character to a piece
- It can be a real pain to get “frameless” drawers flush
- High end kitchen soft close slides are overkill for something like this, the force required to open the drawer is disproportional to the size of the nightstand
- The water based stain that we are required to use in California is hard to work with, it will take some practice to get a good non-blotchy finish
In all, the project was a lot of fun, and the outcome is better than I could have anticipated. I didn’t do a good job tracking the material cost or total time. But I would estimate that it was about a wash when compared to purchasing the Pottery Barn version.