I started with cherry wood just because it was what was available, and I think the wood grain is really beautiful (although I'm told I'm ruining it with the dark stain I'll be using) and rich. I made the sides, top and shelf out of cherry plywood, while the legs are all homemade by sandwiching 3 pieces together and cutting to size from there.
I also edgebanded the top using cherry stock, and added a v-groove between the ply and edgebanding for a little additional detail. I decided not to miter the corners like I did on the iMac Desk just because I thought doing it this way would be a nice look and a way to slightly differentiate the two projects.
I'm using full-extension drawer slides to get maximum use out of the drawer space, and am also adding brushed nickle hardware for the drawer pull and top-side grommet which will allow for running cords for a lamp, iPhone, alarm clock, etc.
As you can tell, I used a LOT of pocket-holes. There are at least a hundred between the two nightstands. My thought was, if one or two of them are strong... why not drill 10? :) I did all of the edgebanding with pocket-holes, all of the side-to-leg assemblies with them, and also attached the top and bottom-shelf with pocket-holes. Although there are a lot of them, they should be almost 100% hidden when the project is complete. The drawer alone will cover up 90% of them.