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Planked Wood Sideboard

February 27, 2012 |
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How to build a wood sideboard inspired by Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Sideboard.

Planked Wood Sideboard

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Author Notes: 




Or how about amazing, beautiful, stunning, glorious?

Hillary's sideboard, inspired by Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Sideboard, retailing for no less than $2995, made of reclaimed pine, can be yours with some elbow grease and a flatbed cart full of lumber.

And you can paint or stain it any color you choose.  I love the very deep and lustrous milk paint finish Hillary finished this sideboard with.
I encourage you this morning - if you are building or not this sideboard - to stop over and read Hillary's post.  She's a talented and clever lady, with lots of tips and tricks that could be useful when building most projects.  
And of course, the full plans follow for those of you needing a sideboard in your home.


Planked Wood Sideboard
Dimensions are shown above. Huge - be warned!

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

6 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2x6 @ 8 feet long
7 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x6 @ 6 feet long
¼” thick x 3 ½” wide boards for door panels or ¼” plywood or paneling
1 – sheet ¾” hardwood plywood
10 feet of 4 ¼” base moulding
3 – 15” drawer slides
2 ½” pocket hole screws
1 ¼” pocket hole screws
1 ¼” finish nails
2 ½” finish nails
1 – sheet ¼” plywood

3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
compound miter saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 - 2x4 @ 34 ½” (Legs)
4 – 2x4 @ 10 ½” (Panel ends)
6 – 1x4 @ 23 ½” (Side Panels)
2 – 2x4 @ 75 ½” (Bottom Supports)
1 – ¾” plywood @ 16 ¾” x 75 ½”
2 – ¾” plywood @ 16 ¾” x 30 ¼”
2 – 1x4 @ 18 1/8”
2 – 1x2 @ 75 ½”
2 – 1x2 @ 5 5/8”
2 – 1x2 @ 22 3/8”
2 – 2x4 @ 18”
2 – 2x4 @ 77”
2 – 2x6 @ 77”
8 – 1x4 @ 22 ¼”
8 – 1x4 @ 11”
¼” x 3 ½” hobby stock for backs of doors or ¼” plywood or paneling
2 – 1x4 @ 16 ¾”
6 – 1x4 @ 15 ½”
2 – 1x4 @ 33 3/4” (Measure and fit)
4 – 1x4 @ 15 5/8” (Measure and fit)
1x6 for drawer faces – cut to fit
1 – ¼” plywood @ 77” x 32” (Back)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Planked Wood Sideboard

Starting on the inside 1x4 panel and working your way out to adding legs, build your ends with 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws, hiding your screws on the insides. Keep all edges flush. Remember that the backs are flush, but the outer side is not, with the 1x4 panel inset.

Step 2

Planked Wood Sideboard

I really wanted this sideboard to NEVER sag in the middle, so these boards are more for support than anything. I recommend attaching with 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws from the back side to hide. Set aside, we'll work on the storage part now.

Step 3

Planked Wood Sideboard

For the storage part, attach plywood dividers to bottom very carefully, making sure joints are square.

Step 4

Planked Wood Sideboard

Then fit the center divider into the base as shown above. Fit flush to back.

Step 5

Planked Wood Sideboard

These guys are for keeping the drawer areas square.

Step 6

Planked Wood Sideboard

On the front, add trim, being very careful to make sure your trim is square and straight. Remember, we've got drawers to fit.

Step 7

Planked Wood Sideboard

The remaining front trim is flush to the inside of side cabinets, overhanging the center cabinet.

Step 8

Planked Wood Sideboard

Build top as shown in diagram.

Step 9

Planked Wood Sideboard

You can attach top now, or as Hillary recommends, attach top after installing drawers.

Step 10

Planked Wood Sideboard

Cut baseboard, mitering corners to fit bottom. Nail on with glue.

Step 11

Planked Wood Sideboard

Build your door frames as shown above.

Step 12

Planked Wood Sideboard

Then attach hobby stock to centers to complete doors.

Step 13

Planked Wood Sideboard

These are for the drawers.

Step 14

Planked Wood Sideboard

Build drawers to fit openings. Remember, most drawer slides require 1/2" clearance on each side, or 1" overall. It's always a good idea to double check measurements with diagrams before building drawers.

Step 15

Planked Wood Sideboard

Install drawers with slides, set in 3/4" for the drawer faces. Then cut drawer faces and attach to drawers with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 16

Add back. I really loved how Hillary inset her back.

Step 17

And finally, add shelves.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Hey Ana, I love this look,

Hey Ana, I love this look, but wanted all cabinets and no drawers like the one here


what would the cabinet doors sizes be if we eliminated the drawers?

posted by Mickeyblueeyes (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-02-27 12:10
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doors only

Hi, Mickeyblueeyes. The drawer faces are 1x6 pieces, so if you add that (5.5 inches) the door height in the plan and move the horizontal part of the face frame up to the top (instead of between the drawers and doors) then you'd be good to go. It would be a very, very simple adjustment to make. And a lot easier than building drawers! Good luck!


posted by hillarylouise | on Mon, 2012-02-27 15:24


This is absolutely beautiful. Really. Stunning. I'm headed over right now to check out Hillary's site. My home is slowly filling with furniture from Ana's site, and this is going on my to-do list right now. I was brainstorming and searching on pinterest for sideboard ideas, but this one is perfect and gorgeous. Thanks, once more, to Ana and to Hillary.

posted by Marion (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-02-27 12:44

That is really nice! I keep

That is really nice! I keep changing up my "to-do" list with different console tables and this one here is now the current favorite. I hope I can get it built before you post another one that I like even more. :)

posted by Robohead | on Mon, 2012-02-27 15:16

Loving this! Thanks for

Loving this! Thanks for another great plan Ana. Hillary your cabinet is gorgeous Please tell me ya'll are going to have plans for the vinters hutch.

posted by Cgoode (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-02-28 09:52


This is absolutely beautiful, and just what I need for my dining room! Thanks for another great plan, Ana!!

posted by Lori E (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-02-28 14:19

This the one!

I've been looking at another one of your console tables an I liked it but I prefer them without the little legs. This is what I want!

posted by Daly @ ShadeSeed (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-01 14:57

Awesome cabinet! Thanks for

Awesome cabinet! Thanks for the building instructions. Now to find the time!

posted by Janice (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-01 18:41

So cool, but need smaller

This cabinet is just what I was looking for, but to big for my space. I am new to make your own furniture, but really excited about all the possibilities. How would I figure out what is needed to just create the middle section? Thanks...and love your site! Congrats on the Homies too (that is how I found you! =)

posted by Joy in the storm (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-03-06 07:55

modifying for a smaller space

Hi, Joy.

I would just go through each step of the plans and write down what modifications you need to make. There is really no easy way...it just takes some time. Good luck!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-04 15:50

Love this!!!

Love this!!!

posted by Laura Fama | on Tue, 2012-03-13 20:37

Love it!!

My question is what kind of hinges did you use? Me and hinges have not been getting along lately and I figured better to ask than to drill holes trying to figure it out myself! Thanks!

posted by MrsKeatz | on Sun, 2012-03-18 21:53


Hi, MrsKeatz. I linked to the source for the hinges in my original blog post. Check it out! http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2012/02/gigantic-rustic-sideboard.html

I love those hinges. They are super easy to adjust -- nearly fool-proof. :)

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-04 15:43

Building it right now!!

Hi Ana and Hillary- love these plans! Thank you very much for this. We are cutting the wood for this plan right now and am so excited. We are following the plans exactly so I have a couple quick comments/questions. We found it vey helpful with the cut list when you had what it was for in parentheses- keeping it all organized. Did we miss the interior shelves in your plans? Is hobby stock like beaded board that snaps together in different boards. or is it beaded board that is like a panel? (Canadians). Thank you
PS. How do you stop the ends of Purebond from getting chewed up going through the table saw? Heather

posted by heather_d | on Sun, 2012-04-22 08:30


Hi, Heather. Sorry it took me so long to find this question!

It sounds like you need a new blade on your table saw -- one for finer cuts. That will keep your plywood from getting as chewed up. I just replaced the ones on my miter saw and my circular saw recently and it makes a huge difference. The stock blades are for rough cuts.

Hobby stock is 1/2" thick or thinner, and in lots of different widths.

I think the plans might have left out interior shelves. I have a vague memory of buying extra wood for them.

I hope your console came out well!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-04 15:47

Missing lots of instructions

I have built over 30 different things on this site and up until now had ZERO problem with anything, but this plan is missing a good bit of info. If you are not experienced I would not try tackling this one. No where in the directions does it tell you what to make the bottom of the drawers with not to mention you are missing wood for shelved etc at the end so you have to go back to the hardware store. It is a very beautiful piece but you will need to go through the plans and be able to decipher what is not told or explained before you start.

posted by Kate M (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-06-21 09:02

Missing Info

There are definitely a few things that have been left out.

You will need at least one more 1x2 at 8'. This is to complete the trim.

If you plan on making shelves, you will need to buy extra wood for that, along with another 1x2 for trim. I decided to use my router to just round the edges of my shelves so I didn't need the 1x2.

There is no wood in the supply list for the back of the sideboard as well as for the bottoms of the drawers. I just picked up a 1/4" sheet of plywood and was able to use it for the drawers and the back. BUT, I used my rabbet router bit to inset the 1/4" piece onto the back of the sideboard. Otherwise, the 4x8 sheet of 1/4" plywood still isnt enough wood. (A 15.5" cut for bottoms of drawers leaves 32.25" left on the sheet but the height of the sideboard is 34.5". SO, I made sure to inset the backing so I didnt have to buy even MORE lumber.)

As for the drawers, you will need another 1x4 at 8' to complete the drawer building.

As for the faces of the drawers, a 6' piece of 1x6 is ALMOST enough but runs just a lil short. You will need a 1x6 at 8' instead of what the plans call for.

I am still in the process of building, but those are just a few of the things that were wrong with the plans. With so many extra trips to the big blue and orange stores, this project has ended up costing much much more than I expected!
It is a beautiful piece though, my wife will absolutely love it, and I have loved working on it. Thanks Hillary!

posted by d rob (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-07-12 12:26

Thanks, Rob, for your help

Thanks, Rob, for your help with this! Yes, the plan is missing a few bits. I should have kept better track of those as I build the piece for Ana! You're right -- it isn't a cheap plan. I think I spent just shy of $400 for all the supplies. Compared to buying it retail, it's still a bargain, right?

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-01 14:23

$400 but well worth it

Yeah I think I spent around $400 as well. It turned out WAY better than I expected. The drawers and doors kicked my butt and were slightly frustrating (mostly because I am not an advanced carpenter) but it looks awesome in our living room! It looks very expensive and my wife is happy, so I am happy too! I wish I could send a pic to show how good it looks...

posted by d rob (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-01 15:17

Submit a brag post with

Submit a brag post with photos! I'm so glad you're happy with how it turned out.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-08 01:22

Missing Pieces

Does anyone know if these missing pieces got corrected in the plans? I just want to make sure I'm planning the right way! :)

posted by Laurie Falk (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-17 21:43

Just curious as to what type

Just curious as to what type of wood you used or the dimensions you gave above. Also any alternative that would work nice compared to the type you used?

posted by Nicholas s (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-07-12 21:21

I used bottom-of-the-barrel

I used bottom-of-the-barrel cheap-o 2x4s, 2x6s, and #2 pine because I was going for a rustic look. You could definitely upgrade to straighter, clearer, nicer wood depending on the look you want!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-01 14:26


I love this! Hubby and I are going to try to build this for our dining room...any suggestions on a hutch?

posted by laceywils | on Mon, 2012-08-20 17:40

Pocket Hole Confusion

New to all of this and already confused! When you call out separate dimensions for the pocket holes and the pocket hole screws, what does that mean. I understand the length of the screw, but looking at the Kreg Jig, aren't all the holes the same size? What's the difference between a 3/4" pocket hole and a 1 3/4 " pocket hole? (Yes, I know the easy answer is 1"; but you know what I mean!!)

posted by Steve Lawrence | on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:13

The 3/4 is for your 1x

The 3/4 is for your 1x dimensional lumber and the 1 1/2 is for your 2x dimensional lumber. Reasoning is if you actually measure a 1x4 it is 3/4x3 1/2. 2x4 is 1 1/2x3 1/2.

posted by Quintin79 | on Mon, 2012-09-10 18:13

Just Finished

Just posted a brag about this project. Thank you for the awesome plans. I inset the back as described in your blog and it worked fantastic. I needed the extra storage space so I opted to remove the drawers and extend the cabinet doors. I had a lot of fun building this one.

posted by BJW1262 | on Fri, 2013-03-01 15:09

I think

This looks amazing! I need one for my frozen yogurt store. I want to transform it in a coffee shop too and i have a small hallway and i want to put some of the plates and spoons and cups there. I could also work as a mini-bar for the children too. I will show this to my husband and maybe he'll start the project soon.

posted by JaneAndrews | on Wed, 2013-05-15 00:24
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This is a great project, and you pulled it off nicely! I'm not a very crafty person, but I did take the time to paint bag tags with my 5 year old daughter and we had a great time!

posted by mipsda | on Tue, 2013-05-21 11:57
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planked wood

I used planked wood to build a play kitchen for my 6 year old daughter, and I noticed it's a reliable material, used in Phoenix doors and in many other wooden accessories you can find at Home Depot. Anyway I love what you did with the restauration of that old cabinet, and I would like to try it myself as soon as I get all the necessary tools.

posted by mipsda | on Wed, 2013-05-29 05:36

I am saying

I really like this projects, i also showed the air filter cabinets to my husband and he told me that he will do it next week. You are so inspiring and i can't wait to finish my house. It will look amazing!

posted by JaneAndrews | on Wed, 2013-06-12 08:00

I need to speak with the guys

I need to speak with the guys from Delaware HVAC for materials and i can start my own project too. My husband says that this piece of furniture will go perfectly in our new living room and i can't wait to get it done.

posted by JaneAndrews | on Tue, 2013-06-18 07:31
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rescaled for a tiny cottage!

I've just finished this build with my fiance (brag posted) and we had to completely rescale the whole thing in order to allow it to fit into our cottage. The instructions you gave allowed this to be MUCH simpler than it could have been but my main bit of advice to anyone changing anything is work out the key dimensions (in our case all of them! h x w x d) and then all the new lengths you 'should' need but measure and cut the wood as you go! We are fairly new at this and naturally made the odd mistake but this approach meant that we could adjust as we went and it still worked out using the estimated wood and we found our miscalculations by double checking each required cut length on the actual build instead of trusting our (as it turned out slightly off in places) initial calculations.

Good luck to anyone attempting this - it was great fun and looks fantastic! Thank you!


posted by ellawilliams | on Mon, 2013-09-02 08:52


Curious about what type / style hinges used for the doors I'm done to that point just not sure which to use.


posted by Duckincrazy | on Mon, 2013-11-25 13:08

Attaching top to base

So i am engaged in this project as my first one and loving it! as im getting to the point of attaching the top to the base and was wondering where all the points of connection were? I saw in photos and diagram that it uses the plywood dividers and the spacers in the back, but where else does it screw to? it just seems that there would be more, but not sure where.

do i drill pocket holes in the side panel on both sides and attach there as well?


posted by camjohns | on Thu, 2013-12-12 09:13

matching hutch

Has anyone attempted a hutch to go on top of this? I am planning on building this as my next project and I would like a match hutch as well.

posted by mamabee0809 | on Sun, 2013-12-29 15:31


Hello! I'm to the point of the build where the instructions say to install the baseboards....only I don't see any baseboards on the cut list! I'm wondering what I should use here?? What have others used? Should I just use a 1x5? Or something else?

posted by jfeezie | on Fri, 2014-01-03 16:33

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