Shaker Sideboard

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Project by mpmitche posted 03-27-2015 01:22 AM 935 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I modeled after one from Popular Woodworking Magazine. I changed the construction from biscuits to pocket screws and simplified some of the more complex construction. I think the logic for an inner and outer case was to save on expensive thick cherry plywood. Since I knew it would be painted I altered the sides into a fake frame and panel overlaid onto the plywood carcase. Construction is primarily from plywood and pine but learning from an earlier project the legs that received most of the pocket screws are made from ash which holds much better than the soft pine. The finish is milk paint which I think gives a wonderful rustic look. Wax was applied to add a little protection to the paint. and to help the drawers slide better.

1. Finished piece
2. Insides shellaced
3. Secret compartment in back of one drawer (lets see how long it takes the kids to find the surprise there)
4. In the nude
5. With desk from late last year, all ready for school supplies
6. Knobs to be added later once I turn five more (burned finished pine)

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 03-28-2015 05:10 PM

This looks great!
I just download those plans to make one of these and i think you’re right
They can be simplified if going with poplar and paint
I think wax is a must because it gives a great worn feeling and a nice sheen with the added protection
thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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