How to Build a Dining Room Side Board Table

Sideboard tables can add serving room. In a dining room, they could be used as a dessert or wine table. Or they can be an eye-catching, decorative piece of furniture. Building a dining room sideboard table starts with drawing a plan that answers the question, why do I want one? If your plans include paint, Medium Density Fiberboard works well because it has a hard, smooth surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Two pieces of 15¾-by-15-by-¾-inch Medium Density Fiberboard
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • Countersink bit
  • Wood glue
  • One piece of 3-by-3-by- ¾-inch plywood
  • One piece of ½-by-3-by-¾-inch plywood
  • 4d finish nails
  • Two pieces of 48-by-15-by-¾-inch MDF
  • Philips head screw tip
  • Six 2-by-6 inch dowels
  • 1½-inch drywall screws
  • One piece of 4-by-9½-by-¾-inch MDF
  • One piece of 49½-by-15¾-by-¾-inch MDF
  • One piece of 49½-by-15¾-by-¼-inch plywood
  • Two 15-inch piano hinges w/screws
  • Two pieces of 15-by-15-by-¾-inch MDF
  • One piece of 17½-by-15-¾-inch MDF
  • Two cabinet door knobs
  • Two magnetic catches

Instructions

  1. Part 1: Box Assembly

    • 1

      Place the two pieces of 15¾-by-15-by-¾-inch Medium Density Fiberboard on a work table. These serve as the end panels. Measure from one end and make marks at 3/8, 10 1/4 and at 11 inches. Place the framing square on the marks and draw a line across the 15¾-inch width of the end panels.

    • 2

      Drill four pilot holes with the 1/16-inch drill bit directly on the line 3/8 inches from the end and between the 10 ¼ and 11-inch lines. Next, drill a countersink hole ¼ inches deep on each of the pilot holes. Set these aside.

    • 3

      Apply glue to the edge of the 3-by-3-by- ¾-inch plywood and secure the 1½-by-3-by-¾-inch plywood to the edge with the 4d finish nails. This is a template for drawing a line on the bottom shelf of the dining room sideboard table.

    • 4

      Place one of the 48-by-15-by-¾-inch MDF on the work table. This will be the bottom shelf. Place the template on the 48-inch edge of the MDF and draw a line the full length of the MDF. Repeat this for the other 48-inch edge.

    • 5

      Measure from the end of the MDF and make marks at 3, 24 and 45 inches on both lines. Drill pilot holes where the marks and the lines intersect with the 1/16-inch drill bit.

    • 6

      Place the six 2-by-6-inch dowels on the work table. Apply glue to one end of the dowels, and secure them to the bottom shelf through the pilot holes drilled in Step 5 with the 1½-inch drywall screws.

    • 7

      Apply glue to one of the ends of the bottom shelf. Stand one of the end panels on its 15-inch edge, and secure the bottom shelf to it through the pilot holes that were drilled on the 3/8-inch line. Take note that the shelf should be narrower than the end panels. This extra space will allow the doors to fit properly. Repeat this for the other end of the bottom shelf.

    • 8

      Place the remaining 48-by-15-by-¾-inch MDF on the work table. This will be the other shelf for the dining room sideboard table. Apply glue to the ends of the shelf, and secure it to the end panels through the holes drilled between the 10¼ and 11-inch lines with the 1½-inch drywall screws.

    • 9

      Apply glue to the ends of the 4-by-9½-by-¾-inch MDF and secure it between the shelves on the back edge with the 4d finish nails. This will be the shelf support. Stand the dining room sideboard table on its legs.

    Part 2: Adding the Finishing Touches

    • 1

      Place the 49½-by-15¾-by-¾-inch MDF on the work table. This will be the top for the sideboard table. Draw a line across the 15-inch width 3/8-inch from the ends and drill four pilot holes on the lines.

    • 2

      Apply glue to the top edges of the end panels and place the top on them. Secure the top to the end panels with the 4d finish nails.

    • 3

      Lay the dining room sideboard table on its front. (The shelf support will face up.) Apply glue to the edges of the end panels, shelves and top, and secure the 49½-by-15¾-by-¼-inch plywood to them with the 2d box nails. Turn the table over on its back.

    • 4

      Install the piano hinges to the two pieces 15-by-15-by-¾-inch MDF. These will be the doors. Install the door through the piano hinge on the inside wall of the end panels. Repeat this for the other door on the other end of the sideboard table.

    • 5

      Apply glue to the edges of the shelves between the doors and secure the 17½-by-15-¾-inch MDF to them with the 4d finish nails. Install the knobs and magnetic door catches according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fill the nail holes with painter’s putty if painting the dining room sideboard table.
  • Routing an edge on the table top will dress up the edges.
  • Clean up excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Do not paint or stain the dining room sideboard table without proper ventilation.
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