How do I Build a Pine Sideboard with Shelves?

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How do I Build a Pine Sideboard with Shelves?
Sideboards are universal pieces of furniture. (blumenfenster image by fotohansi from

Sideboards can be used for organising household items while others are just conversation starters. Pine plywood can be used to construct a sideboard; however, for a sturdy, solid piece of furniture, build the sideboard with glued panels. Glued panels offer all the advantages of solid lumber without the hassle, mess and cost of creating your own panels.

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Things you need

  • 54-by-18-by-3/4-inch pine glued panels, 2 pieces
  • Framing square
  • 18-by-40-by-3/4-inch pine glued panels, 4 pieces
  • Wood glue
  • Small box of 4-penny finish nails
  • Hammer
  • 54-by-40-by-1/4-inch plywood, 1 piece
  • Small box of 2-penny box nails
  • 17-by-5 3/4-by-1/2-inch Baltic birch plywood, 4 pieces
  • 16 3/4-by-5 3/4-by-1/2-inch Baltic birch plywood, 4 pieces
  • 15 3/4-by-17-by-1/2-inch Baltic birch plywood, 2 pieces
  • 18 1/2-by-7 1/2-by-3/4-inch glued panels, 2 pieces
  • 1-inch wood screws, 12 pieces
  • Full overlay hinges, 2 pair
  • 18 1/2-by-33 1/4-by-3/4-inch glued panels, 2 pieces
  • 8 furniture buttons
  • 16 1/2-by-18-by-3/4-inch glued panels, 4 pieces
  • Adjustable shelf tracks

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  1. 1

    Mark the top and bottom for the sides and partitions. Place the two 54-by-18-by-3/4-inch glued panels on a worktable. Measure from one 18-inch side and make marks at 3/4, 17 3/4, 18 1/2, 35 1/2, 36 1/4 and 53 1/4-inches. Put the framing square on the marks and draw lines across the wood.

  2. 2

    Install the adjustable shelf tracks. Lay two of the four 18-by-40-by-3/4-inch glued panels flat on the worktable. Secure the adjustable shelf tracks 1-inch from the long sides and 10-inches from the 18-inch sides with the tacks provided. Turn the partitions over so the adjustable track is facing down.

  3. 3

    Draw lines for the drawer compartment. Lay the remaining two 18-by-40 glued panels flat on the worktable. These are the sidepieces. Measure from one 18-inch side on these two pieces and the partitions and make marks at 6 and 6 3/4-inches. Draw lines across the wood as before.

  4. 4

    Assemble the drawer compartment parts. Apply glue to the 18-inch edges of the two 17-by-18-by-3/4-inch glued panels and secure them between one sidepiece and one partition with the finish nails.

  5. 5

    Add the top and bottom. Put some glue between the lines drawn on the top and bottom of the sideboard. Secure the drawer compartment assemblies between the top and bottom with the finish nails.

  6. 6

    Secure the back to the sideboard. Apply glue to the edges of the sideboard facing up. Secure the 54-by-40-by-1/4-inch plywood on the sideboard aligning the top, bottom and sides with the box nails.

  7. 7

    Build the drawer boxes. Run a bead of glue on the ends of the 17-by-5 3/4-by-1/2-inch Baltic birch plywood. Secure them between the 16 3/4-by-5 3/4-by-1/2-inch Baltic birch plywood with the finish nails. Set the 15 3/4-by-17-by-1/2-inch Baltic birch pieces inside the boxes and secure them as the bottoms to the drawers through the sides, front and back of the boxes in the same manner.

  8. 8

    Install the drawers and doors. Lay the two 18 1/2-by-7 1/2-by-3/4-inch glued panels on the worktable. Center the 16 3/4-inch side of the drawer boxes on these two pieces and secure them with the 1-inch wood screws. Install the hinges on the 18 1/2-by-33 1/4-by-3/4-inch glued panels with the screws provided and install the doors on the sideboard.

  9. 9

    Put the furniture buttons on and add the shelves. Turn the sideboard upside down and secure the furniture buttons under the sides and partitions. Turn the sideboard upright. Put the 16 1/2-by-18-by-3/4-inch glued panels in place as the adjustable shelves.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean up the excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Set the nail heads with a nail set and fill the holes with wood putty if desired.
  • Do not leave power tools within the reach of small children.

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