Sideboard from Pine

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Project by interpim posted 04-21-2009 02:23 AM 2804 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

This is a project I’ve been working on for the past month. It is a sideboard my wife asked for to free up some of the sparse cabinet space we have here in Navy Housing.

It is made from Pine and finished with Minwax Gunstock stain followed by 3 coats of wipe on poly. From that point it was buffed out with 0000 steel wool, then polished with a coat of Johnson’s paste wax.

I didn’t want to use pine on this project, but with money being tight I couldn’t afford much more. But, I am happy with the outcome. (Socalwood, I’ll be coming to see you eventually :) I need to get a full weekend away from work, and my Mother-in-laws truck to make the trip.)

Any questions, comments or critiques are appreciated.


-- San Diego, CA

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Tim Pursell

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 02:30 AM

Nothing wrong with pine! The sideboard looks great! Can’t wait to see what you can build when you get your hands on some hard wood.
thanks for posting


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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 03:20 AM

Looks like a future heirloom piece to me. Sometimes its not the wood itself, but the relationship you grow with the piece as it comes together, and this one came together beautifully. Nothing wrong with pine at all.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 04:28 AM

Nice little sideboard.

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 04:57 AM

You sure put a great finish on that pine. Your wife should be proud. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 06:03 AM

Great job !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 06:22 AM

Thanks for the replies…

I have nothing against pine… I just would have preferred to build this with a hardwood. Pine is a bit soft with small children running around LOL.

Thank you Trifern for your compliment on the finish… coming from you it means a lot.

Pat, I thought I was moving slow on it honestly LOL… I had 2 weeks at sea in the time I built it.

-- San Diego, CA

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 06:23 AM

Nice work. I hope my wife doesn’t see this post. It has Honeydo written all over it!

One question: how is the trestle/shelf attached to the legs?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 04-21-2009 04:52 PM

Hey Robert
Your project looks great I really like the design , every one is not a David Marks or a woodwhisper were they can afford the most exotic woods available. You did what our fore fathers have done ,you had a need, you got the material most available to you and built your sideboard with your best skills. Who could ask for more.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 04-21-2009 06:00 PM

Not a big pine fan myself….until now! Second the kudos on the finish.


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#10 posted 04-21-2009 07:17 PM

Douglas, The bottom shelf is attached with stretchers going between the legs… i put it close to the inside of the leg so it wouldn’t be visible unless you actually got down and looked.

-- San Diego, CA

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#11 posted 04-21-2009 11:37 PM

Great job – very impressive. Thanks for sharing.


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#12 posted 04-22-2009 03:42 AM

For those that didn’t see it… this is my sketchup rendition I did before building this… it came out a bit different than the drawing, but does anything ever go exactly as planned? :)

Sideboard Drawing

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 09:39 PM

Nice sideboard! I think the pine looks beautiful.

-- Dovetail

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 01:10 AM

Very nice job…I know others have already complimented you on the finish but, I have to say the finish looks really good. I also think it is nice to see a project that is built of inexpensive materials. Being a novice woodworker myself…sometimes it can be a bit intimidating to break out the expensive woods on a project when your not quite sure of your skill level.

-- Mike - Woodworking rookie from NC

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#15 posted 03-13-2012 05:26 PM

I see what you mean about pine, that looks great!

-- davey

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