Shanty Sideboard and Hutch - First Build

Submitted by DIYER_MD on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:39

I came across the Shanty Sideboard plan while looking around the site. I decided to make this my first build from the site. I modified it slightly by making overlay doors instead of inset. I found that this allowed me more room for adjustments to the doors to get the best look. I used Pure-Bond Birch Hardwood Plywood from Home Depot for the main build with Select Pine from Lowes as the trim. This was all put together using Kreg Pocket Holes and 1 1/4 inch screws.

I used Luane Plywood as the backing for the doors. I then finished it by painting it with an off-white from Olympic (at Lowes). I left the Luane plywood in its natural state. The doors were mounted with Blum style Face-Frame cabinet hinges. I then applied several coats of Water Based Ultimate Polyurethane from Rustoleum.

I have included a picture of the sideboard in the unfinished and finished state.

I will soon be building a Hutch to go one top. I will use the Shanty Hutch Plan as the basis and modify it from there.


I recently completed the hutch for the sideboard. I used the Shanty Hutch plan as the beginning point and then modified it quite a bit. I made three sections and added drawers at the bottom of each section.

I then used the same Luane Plywood to make the backing. This brings it all together.

The total cost was around $550.00 and worth every penny. Much better than spending $3,000.00 at store.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Olympic One Egg-Shell paint in Off-white with Ultimate Polyurethane Coating from Rustoleum.
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