Long Sideboard

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/16/2021 - 22:34

Prices for sideboards are high! And it's impossible to find one wider than 72". I have a kitchen window that's eight feet (96") wide. I wanted a sideboard for my patio that's just outside our window. I needed it to be as wide as the window. So I used the plans for the shanty sideboard and altered them to widen the sideboard to 96". I routed out hidden handles in the top piece of each door and used hidden hinges to keep a clean look.
I created three sections with the middle one wide enough to store four wooden folding chairs on horizontal slides covered with felt. In the two end sections, I added short drawers to easily store things like charcoal and spa supplies.
I finished the piece in dark walnut and had a granite countertop installed to finish it off.

The plans were easy to adjust to my needs and easy to build. The hardest part was making the end pieces fit my slightly angled patio floor while keeping the sideboard level. I had a fun time using Kregg fasteners to assemble the front and sides.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Oak plywood, solid oak for trim, birch plywood for door panels
Finish Used
Old Masters Gel Stain - Espresso
Recommended Skill Level


Dave Hopkins

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 11:35

When I uploaded this, I must have not seen the place for my name.
I had fun working with the plans and altering them to meet my unusual length. Having to build it for a slightly slanted patio was also challenging.
This was one of those projects where once I finished it and started using the sideboard, I asked myself why I hadn't built it ten years ago!

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