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Build an Alexander Sideboard


A Fabulous Piece Perfect for Entertaining – DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard

This furniture piece is perfect for serving food buffett-style at a dinner party, or for storing and displaying fine china with linens. The DIY plans to build an Alexander sideboard feature six drawers, and three separate cubbies – one with doors. This sideboard is an easy build and can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Copy

Materials:

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 6 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 3 sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 34-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 14-1/2″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 27-1/4″ – Side Panels
  • 8 – 2×2 at 18″ – Back Stretchers
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 27-1/4″ – Back Panels
  • 8 – 2×2 at 18″ – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 57″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/2″ x 28-3/4″ – Dividers
  • 3 – 1×2 at 18″ – Front Drawer Stretchers
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 18″ – Drawer Shelves
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 61″ – Top
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 12 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 17″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 17-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-13/16″ x 14″ – Doors

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard

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Step One

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

Cut the pieces for the legs, the side framing, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure to the legs and framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panels will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the back stretchers.  Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material, and drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Back Stretchers & Legs

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back panels. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure to the legs and framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the panels will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Back Panels

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material, and drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Front Stretchers & Legs

Step Five

Cut the piece for the bottom. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panel. Secure to the lower stretchers on all sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face will be flush with the top face of the lowest stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Bottom

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in the bottom and side edges. Orient the pocket holes on the panels so they face toward the center cubby. The face without pocket holes will be flush with the leg faces in the open cubby areas. Secure to the legs and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Dividers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the front drawer stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the front legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Front Stretchers

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer shelves and drill pocket holes in the side and back edge. Secure to the side panels, dividers, and back panels using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Shelves

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer spacers. The spacers will be positioned in the center cubby only, attached to the dividers with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Spacers

Step Ten

Cut the piece for the top. The front and sides will overhang by 1/2″. Secure the top using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Top

Step Eleven

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 boxes 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. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Drawer BS DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Drawer FB

Step Twelve

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. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Drawer Fronts

Step Thirteen

Cut the pieces for the doors. There will be a 1/8″ gap around the doors in the opening as well as in between them. Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the opening.

DIY Plans to Build an Alexander Sideboard_Doors

Finish as desired!

The sideboard would also be great as a dresser or as a cutting table and storage for a craft room! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build an Alexander sideboard? Let me know by leaving a comment below or by contacting me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Originally posted 2014-08-22 08:00:52.

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at cher@designsbystudioc.com!
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