So many great plans on this website! I am constantly looking to Ana's website for inspiration for my next project around the house. The inspiration for this piece was that we needed something to fit an odd space in our home. Looking through the site we found the perfect fit. We based our design off Ana's planked wood sideboard table with a few minor changes. First since we wanted to do a two-tone finish, so I added an additional piece to the top of the face frame to keep the look symmetrical. I also used two 2x10's for the table top instead of what the plan called for and beadboard for the inset panel in the doors and sides. I decided to use tongue and groove construction for the sides of the table and for the doors. A technique for building inset doors that has worked for me is to build the doors to the exact size of your door opening and use the table saw to trim the tops and sides to fit as needed. This way I am to achieve a very uniform fit that can be difficult to obtain otherwise (unless you are a pro, which I am not!) I finished the inside of the sideboard table with satin polyurethane, the exterior base and doors with sprayed high gloss paint. The top was finished with min-wax ebony and 3 coats semi gloss polyurethane. Everyone in the family was very happy with how this turned out.
Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
2 coats paint, 2 coats stain, 3 coats brushed polyurethane (light sanding between coats)
Recommended Skill Level