Sideboard or Hutch

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Project by michaelray posted 04-17-2009 05:44 PM 2104 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Furniture purists will have to forgive my use of the term sideboard for this project. My mother-in-law was looking for a sideboard to match a jelly cabinet she has in her kitchen. She asked if I could build one and this is the design we worked out during several conversations over Sunday dinners and then finalized using Sketchup.

It’s made of poplar and finished with a darker oak (can’t remember the exact name) gel stain, several coats of wipe on poly, and a light coat of paste wax applied with a smooth scouring pad and buffed out. The back and side panels are baltic birch plywood.

I used a frame and panel design for the sides and back. The face frame is put together with pocket screws and pocket screwed to the side panels. This is my first set of frame and panel doors with a new router bit set I bought recently. I have made them with the table saw in the past but this was a bit easier this time around.

When I agreed to build it I was only going to charge for material cost – which is why I went with poplar in the first place to save some money for her. But since she watches our children nearly every weekend – not to mention all of those Sunday dinners – this will be a gift.

Please forgive my lame-o photo skills…

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 06:37 PM

Nice cabinet. I’m sure she will be more than pleased with the results.
I use a 2D cad program for most of my drawings but I can see I need to spend some time learning how to use Sketchup. My spouse has a hard time visualizing two dimensional drawings.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 07:20 PM

That is a really nice finish on poplar. Probably the best i have seen. Nice job


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#3 posted 04-17-2009 07:48 PM

Thanks Paul. I read an article recently describing the best way to finish poplar. Basically the darker stains are the best bet.

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 07:55 PM

i have to add, i wouldn’t attempt to stain popular and expect anything that perfect. great project

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#5 posted 04-18-2009 12:22 AM

This is a great looking cabinet, popular and all. Good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 04-18-2009 06:02 AM

Very nice looking hutch. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#7 posted 04-19-2009 06:18 AM

Great sideboard I like the finish also. good build.


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#8 posted 07-28-2009 06:03 AM

I really like the sideboard. Excellent build and finish job as well. I’m curious, did the new router panel cutting bit have an undercutter for the backside of the panels? The reason I’m asking is, I’ve continued to cut my panels on the tablesaw for sometime now. I couldn’t see how the router bit was easier unless it made several cuts at once I guess. I know that there are a lot of profiles available in router bits, that I can’t duplicate with the tablesaw though. Congratulations again on an excellent build and gift to your mother-n-law. I know she must appreciate it immensely!

Ken McGinnis

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#9 posted 07-28-2009 05:51 PM

Thanks Ken.

The router bit did have an undercutter which made things a bit easier for me. Plus the set I chose had matching profiles for the rails and stiles.


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