Dining room sideboard

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Project by ADHDan posted 10-14-2013 02:08 PM 1314 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We need a dining room sideboard to span the width of our dining room (10’) with tower cabinets on either side of the window, but my shop isn’t big enough to work a piece that long and I didn’t have time to build the entire base. So, I bought a couple generic 24” x 54” cabinets from Menards and customized the heck out of them – I nested them in rabbets cut into 8/4 legs (tapered at the bottom), added two layers of mitered tabletop with cove moulding, added other trim here and there, then took the cabinets upstairs and wrangled them together using biscuits to align the tabletops and an 8’ length of MDF screwed to the back to keep them together while I built the center legs. Finished with three different stains to get the right shade for the room, and three coats of poly.

Last night I finished the carcases for the tower cabinets. I’m going to put in shelves with brackets on the underside for hanging stemware, add face frames, and build doors with acrylic/plexi panels to showcase our stemware/bar-ware.

It was a lot of work dealing with furniture this big by myself, but so far so good! I’ll post photos of the tower cabinets once I complete them.

Edit: 10/18/13 – Done for now! Got the upper cabinets built, just need to make doors (but I’ll save that for a later day).

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 02:15 PM

Beautifully executed! This will be enjoyed for many years!

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 02:23 PM

well done.

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 02:28 PM

That’s a big one.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 02:59 PM

Very nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 05:11 AM

Very nicely done Dean…Looks great.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 06:55 PM

Thanks all! I finished everything but the doors over the past week, and it turned out great. Albeit GIGANTIC – seriously, this is about 10’ wide by 6’ high (at the upper cabs). What a beast.

But at least we can now reclaim our guest room from the stacks of China and stemware boxes that took over it when we moved in last May.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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