Yvonne's Sideboard

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Project by lobro4 posted 09-23-2012 06:24 PM 2012 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At least when you work with a diverse group of people, there’s bound to be a new request just around the corner. Yvonne, needed a cupboard/sideboard for her kitchen to replace the current garage sale special cabinet that was falling apart. I had built a chest of drawers before so the cabinet frame web design was no problem. The challenge I put to myself on this project was inset drawers. I had to read up on wood expansion and review a couple of online projects to make myself right. Another new challenge, since it’s what Yvonne wanted, was to apply Formica to the top. Turns out that ladies like extra counter space. The cabinet is oak and oak ply. Drawer fronts are oak as well. The secondary wood for the drawer sides and web frames is poplar. Drawer bottoms and back panels are 3/16” hardboard. I have a Leigh dovetail jig that I used for the half blind dovetails on all four corners of the drawers. Note to self: keep all drawer sides the same width for the jig, then cut the back piece down to size. Graduated drawers are 4”/6”/8” 10”. For the top, I created a well that held a 1/2” thick piece of MDF to serve as a platform for the Formica. All visible pieces were sanded to 150. You can see the use of plastic runner strips for the drawers. For finish, every surface received a coating of BLO. (I like the smell; my wife hates it!) The visible surfaces were then coated with four coats of wiping poly. As for the contact cement used to apply the Formica, my wife hates the smell but I was stoned so by the fumes so I didn’t care. Finished dimensions are 36” tall x 50” wide x 20” deep. Here’s to a new place for Yvonne to keep her tea. May it provide many happy years of use.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 11:47 PM

Looks awesome—great job!
—Doug in Kansas

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 12:35 AM

Nice job.
The first photo gives the appearance of the case splaying out towards the top. It’s a photographic thing.
I would suggest that metal drawer slides might have been better because drawers in a kitchen tend to have a lot of heavy items put in them and also get a lot of use.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 01:03 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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