Introduction

a finished sideboard or credenza
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Dishware, serving pieces, table linens—a sideboard packs a whole lot of storage space into a relatively small footprint, making it a handy addition to any household. A sturdy, high-quality one can leave a thousand-dollar dent in your finances, but as This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates, you can enhance a few stock kitchen base cabinets with molding, furniture feet, and knobs to produce a handcrafted piece for a fraction of the cost of buying one ready-made. Opt for unfinished 15- or 18-inch cabinets fitted with doors and operable drawers (not the fake drawer fronts used for sink cabinets) and take a day to put all the pieces together. Your handsome creation will turn heads at dinner parties for years to come.

The design for this sideboard is based on one found in the book The Find, by Stan Williams.

Paint: Fabulous Red in semigloss; Valspar. Rub n 'Buff Metallic Finishes in Antique Gold; Amaco.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • hammer with nailset
      hammer and nail set
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • hand saw
      hand saw
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • putty knife
      putty knife
    • paintbrush
      paint brush
    • paintroller
      roller cage with 3/8 inch nap cover
    • Phillips screwdriver
      screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch cabinet grade birch plywood. Get a 4x8 sheet.

    2. 18-inch base cabinets. Get three.

    3. 1x3 furring strips. Get two 10 foot boards.

    4. ½x2 lattice strips. Get two 8 foot boards.

    5. ½x1 lattice strips. Get two 6 footers.

    6. ¾ bed molding. Get one 8 footer.

    7. Push door catches. Get three. 8. Drawer knobs. Get six.

    9. Furniture feet. Get four.

    10. Corner foot plates. Get four.

    11. Medium grit sandpaper.

    12. Wood putty.

    13. Latex primer and paint.

    14. Metallic gold antiquing wax.