I'm so excited to share this beast of a build with you today! And no build would be complete without plans from my friend Ana White. Buildy friends this is one really long sideboard with TONS of storage:
I asked Ana to help me with a sideboard build and sent her multiple ideas which she mashed into this beauty. Truly unique and one of a kind, it's the perfect combination of drawers and doors.
The best part is the height and the depth. It's just over 40" high (close to bar height) and only 17 1/2" deep so it doesn't protrude into the room but offers so much counter space at 91" long.
And I cannot take credit for the copper pipe hardware idea. Thank you to Katie at Upcycled Treasures for this beautiful idea which I borrowed.
Ana's plans are actually very versatile for this build. She designed it with a planked top but you could use solid plywood as well. And I trimmed out the base with something a little bit fancy but you could use any baseboard trim:
I love how the copper hardware picks up the tiny bit of copper from the wall sconces (those are diy too see the tutorial here).
Ana recommended I try these full wrap hinges. Sure enough she was right and these hinges are awesome to work with. Easy to install, very secure and the best part is the slim profile.
See how the hinges are barely noticeable? But don't look at that small gap in the right door, upper corner - it reminds me that I'm not perfect :). I'll blame it on my circular saw for not cutting that plywood totally straight.
The drawers are perfectly deep and can hold nearly anything.
Below is a regular 11" dinner plate:
A huge thank you to Ana for making these plans. This build is something I should've done long ago and I'm kicking myself I waited so long. If you're looking for a big piece with lots of storage space and a counter surface then I highly recommend this sideboard.
How to build an extra long sideboard:
Follow Ana's plans here. I recommend making your cuts as you build and be sure to measure carefully.
Step 1: Build the carcass. I used my Kreg pocket hole system all over this piece and I always build face down to be sure the front is flush.
Note: I added 2 support pieces near the center because the cabinet is so long I feared sagging. Cut down 2 scrap pieces of plywood and secure under the center drawer section.
Step 2: Add the face frame.
Step 3: Build drawers to fit. Measure. Measure. Measure before you cut the drawer pieces. Also note I used 1/2" plywood for the drawer bases secured with 2" screws. This allows me to fill up the drawers with heavy dishes and not worry about support.
Step 4: Build the door fronts. I used Ana's method here because I do not own a table saw and making dados with a router is not my idea of a good time. Yes there are a lot of pocket holes that should be plugged but I'm thinking of covering the whole piece with fabric or wallpaper in the future?
Step 5: Sand and finish. I choose to go natural here with 3 coats of clear satin poly.
Step 6: Hardware. Like everyone else I'm on the copper kick. Cut down 3/4" copper pipes. I borrowed this idea from here if you're looking for more copper information.
Step 7: Clean the copper with ketchup. Wash and dry then use steel wool for a really smooth finish.
I also sealed the copper with clear semi gloss poly spray to keep fingerprints at bay.
Step 8: Attach the hanger to the wood, I used 2" wood screws on the drawers and 1 1/4" on the doors.
Step 9: Insert the pipe and secure the screw. I attached the caps before installation using super glue on the pipe ends to be certain they don't fall off.
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