This step by step diy woodworking project is about sideboard plans. If you want to learn more about building a beautiful sideboard with two doors, we recommend you to take a look over the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from. You can also use the sideboard as a TV stand.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Projects made from these plans
- A – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 17 3/4″ x 28 1/2″ long SIDES
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18 1/2″ x 42″ long BOTTOM
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 28 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ long BACK
- D – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 28 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 37″ long, 1 piece of 1×2 limber – 23 1/2″ long FACE
- E – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 4″ long LEGS
- F – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 19 1/4″ x 43 1/2″ long TOP
- G – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 14 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/4″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 15″ x 20 3/4″ long 2xDOOR
Building a sideboard
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the sideboard. Cut the components out of 1×18 lumber and out of 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side components.
Lay the bottom components on a level surface and secure the side components into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints after checking if the corners are square.
Next, build the back of the sideboard out of 3/4″ plywood. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and get the job done using a circular saw. Smooth the cut lines using a piece of sandpaper. Drill pocket holes around the edges and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame, after making sure the edges are flush.
Continue the project by fitting the components to the front face of the sideboard. As you can notice in the diagram, we recommend you to use 1×3 slats for the frame and 1×2 lumber for the middle components. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and lock them together tightly.
Fit the components to the frame and secure them into place using finishing nails. Use glue to enhance the bond of the components.
Build the tabletop out of 3/4″ plywood and lay it on a level surface. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and insert 1 1/4″ screws through the pocket holes into the tabletop. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the four legs for the sideboard out of 4×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the pieces of lumber and get the job done using a circular saw. Smooth the cut faces and drill pocket holes along the top, on both faces (front and back).
Attach the legs to the bottom of the sideboard, as described in the diagram. Insert 1 1/4″ screws into the bottom of the sideboard and add glue to enhance the bond. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the edges are flush.
Build the frames for the doors out of 1×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Use a router to make 1/4″ x 1/4″ rabbets to the interior face of the doors, as shown in the diagram. Work with attention for a professional result.
Build the door panels out of 1/4″ plywood or glass. Cut the components at the right size and fit them inside the frame. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the surface is even. Use silicone to secure the glass and glue and finishing nails for the plywood.
Fit the doors to the openings and secure them to the structure using hinges. Leave a gap of 1/8″ around the doors and fit handles. Choose a style that matches with the rest of the furniture. Make sure the doors open and close properly.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the sideboard from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the sideboard in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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