Oh the sideboard, what a journey it has been. I started working on it last November, thinking I would have it done in about a month or so. I was just a tad off on my timeline, but this is the biggest project I’ve taken on yet. I’m happy to say it is now finished!
During this project I learned how to use a circular saw, a planer, as well as how to build and install doors and drawers. I used these plans from Ana White’s website, one of my favorite places to go for build plans. The plans provide a step by step walk through of the process and I’ll share some of my steps as well.
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I started by building out the basic frame, using my miter saw to cut the wood to size and my Kreg Jig to attach with pocket hole screws. After that, it was time to cut down the plywood to size using my circular saw. I bought one just for this project, and I’m sure I will use it on some future projects. I purchased the Skil brand with a laser, and it was relatively inexpensive and did the trick for this build. Since I was going to be cutting down some 4x8ft pieces of plywood, I also purchased the Kreg Rip Cut. This connects to your circular saw and you set it to the measurement you’d like to cut the wood. It helps ensure you cut a straight and even line.
The top was built with 2x4s and 2x6s and then stained. Once I had the top built, I attached it to the frame. I inset the back with 1x4s and 1/4 inch plywood, so that you cannot see the back when you view it from the side, since that is the angle you see it from when you walk in the front door.
Doors, Drawers and Shelves
Once I had the frame built out, it was time to build the doors and drawers. The doors were made up of 1x4s for the frame and then 1/4 inch plywood I ripped down with my circular saw.
Next, it was time to make the drawers. They were definitely more involved than the doors. I used 1x4s cut to size and attached with pocket hole screws and my Kreg Jig and then 1/4 inch plywood on the bottom that I attached with my brad nailer. I decided to line the drawers with some paper I found at the craft section at Walmart. I attached the paper to the plywood with a layer of modge podge on underneath and on top to seal it.
Once the drawers were built, it was time to install them with the drawer slides. This is when I realized how important it is that I make sure the measurements are exact and square. I was a little too flexible on leaving 1/2 inch on each side to make room for the slides, and as a result I had to use a planer (another new purchase) to trim down the sides of the drawers so they would fit. I used these soft close drawer slides that I found on Amazon. And since I love how much easier jigs make my life, I also got this Kreg Drawer Slide Jig to make installing the drawer slide a little easier.
Then I installed the doors using hardware that I found at Lowes. I also ended up needing to use the planer on the sides of the doors to make sure they fit correctly. After the hardware and knobs were attached, I installed magnetic door catches so the doors stayed in the correct position when closed.
The final step was to install the shelves. I cut them to size out of 3/4 inch plywood. I had decided I wanted to make the shelves adjustable, so I purchased this Kreg Shelf Jig (yep, another Kreg jig!) that lines up the holes for you and includes a piece for your drill to ensure you don’t drill through the wood. I found these shelf pins to use as well.
I stained the top with a mixture of Varathane stains dark walnut and weathered gray (the same stains I used on my bench) and topped it with a couple coats of a matte polyurethane. I painted the inside Pure White by Sherwin Williams to match my trim and board and batten. Initially, I had painted the outside of the sideboard the same color, but ended up painting it Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams instead.I also caulked the molding and some other parts of the sideboard before I painted it for a more professional look.
Whew, this was quite a project! I spent around $400 on all the lumber, hardware, paint and stain. This does not include all the new tools I bought, but I consider those investments I will use in the future. The sideboard is definitely not perfect, but I learned a lot during the process. Overall, I’m really happy with the way it turned out, plus I’ve added a ton of storage to my entry.
This means I am very, very close to finally being done with my entry! I just need to hire someone to paint and add a few decor items.