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Free DIY Furniture Plans: How to Build an Arden Sideboard

01.29.14
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The vintage mid century modern style of this piece is right on trend my friends! What a great way to bring some stylish functionality into your home. Put a tv on top, or use as a buffet in your dining room. This would even be fabulous as more of a dresser or to store some of your children’s toys! Whatever your storage need, this would be a great way to handle it! I hope you give this baby a whirl! Feel free to browse all of our other plans of this type as well, click here to do so, there are quite literally dozens of options to choose from! Xx… Rayan

Estimated Cost

$75-$100

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Lumber
  • 1 – 1×2 at 4’
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 2 – 1×4 at 8’
  • 1 – half sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – full sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×3 at 12-1/2” – Base Frame
  • 2 – 1×3 at 30” – Base Frame
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 46” – Bottom
  • 4 – 1×3 at 19-9/16” – Legs
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/2” x 18” – Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/2” x 44-1/2” – Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/2” x 17-1/4” – Divider
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15” – Drawer Dividers
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 46” – Top
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 12-1/2” X 14-1/2” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 6 – 1×4 at 14-1/2” – Drawer Box Sides
  • 6 – 1×4 at 14” – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 4-3/4” x 14-3/4” – Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 14-3/16” x 16-1/4” – Doors
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces for the base frame. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble the frame as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the piece for the bottom. Position the base as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the legs. Mark the lines for the angles as shown, and cut using the saw of your choice. Drill pocket holes in the top edge noting that there will be two right legs and two left legs. Butt the legs up against the base frame as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the corner brackets to the legs and fasten to the frame for further security.

Step 4

Cut the pieces for the sides and drill pocket holes in the top and bottom edges. Secure to the bottom on: form-data; name=”field_short_title[0][value]” Arden Sideboard

Step 5

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the divider. Drill pocket holes in the top, bottom, and back edge. Position as shown, then secure to the bottom and back using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 7

Cut the pieces for the drawer dividers and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 8

Cut the piece for the top and secure to the sides, back, and divider using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 9

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer box as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides.

Step 10

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull.

Step 11

Cut the pieces for the doors. There will be a 1/8” gap around all sides as well as in between. Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the cabinet. Install the cabinet pulls.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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