Simple Oak Sideboard

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Project by PPK posted 07-22-2019 02:07 PM 1316 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The gals at church approached me about building them a sideboard for the back of church to set the bulletins and miscellaneous “stuff” on. Here’s what I turned out for them.

-Solid oak top. I used my hand held belt sander to sand out the glue joints. I never seem to learn my lesson, and ended up with a little wavy-ness because of that darn thing. (you can see it in the last picture) Hand held belt sanders should be outlawed. Or I should just learn my lesson.

-Flat panels doors

-Waterborne Polyurethane finish, then hand rubbed out with some steel wool and paste wax.

-Single adjustable shelf

-I used biscuits to join the legs to the carcass panels and face frame. I’ve started using biscuits more often, as they work really well to align parts while they’re gluing up.

-I tried to make the back panel look presentable so that if it ever gets set in a spot that’s away from the wall, it’ll not look bad.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 07-22-2019 03:37 PM

Great work!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 07-22-2019 04:06 PM

Beautiful clean lines, wellconstructed, a very nice piece.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 07-22-2019 04:21 PM

Nothing to simple about it, looks good, not sure what is going on with the back panel?
To join the legs to the frame I used to use dowels for smaller pieces but for bigger slabs they should be able to move a little, especially for a solid wood top that size. Secret to a flat top is a good hand plane:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 07-22-2019 06:00 PM

Very nicely done, you should be proud.

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#5 posted 07-22-2019 09:22 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, all!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 07-22-2019 11:12 PM

SIMPLE ? you should say gorgeous, very well done bravo,

-- andrek

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#7 posted 07-22-2019 11:17 PM

Nice work, Pete!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 07-23-2019 04:17 AM

Nice work.

You should trade that old belt sander for a 4 1/2 smoothing plane. :)

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#9 posted 07-23-2019 12:43 PM

Yeah… I actually own two 4 1/2 smoothing planes, and a scraper plane. I don’t seem to have much good luck with planing large flat surfaces. I always seem to end up with a section of really bad tear-out. The scraper plane is really effective, and leaves a good surface, but its a LOT of work. I was lazy, and I paid the price.

-- Pete

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#10 posted 07-31-2019 01:55 PM

It looks simple and clean and sometimes that is exactly what you need for a nice addition to the whole place just to create storage space. The outlook doesn’t necessarily need to be extravagant to become a masterpiece as long as the purpose is served well.

-- Michael Maloney:

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#11 posted 08-08-2019 11:34 PM

Really fine work, less is more, I like that.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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