Shaker Sideboard

Matthew Cremona

Shaker-style furniture is known for its simplistic beauty and one of the most striking pieces is the Shaker Sideboard. Matt will show you how to make a Shaker-influenced sideboard as he brings some more modern elements and styling into the design.

72"L x 19"D x 30 3/4"H

  • 19 lessons
  • 373 min
  • $99.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Introduction

    We take a look at the Sketchup model and compare frame and panel to case construction.

  2. Lumber Selection

    We take a look through a stack of boards looking for the perfect area of each board for each project part

  3. The Legs

    We finalize the leg stock, cut the grooves and mortises, and lastly add the tapers

  4. The Rails

    We start creating the structure of the case by connecting the legs with the rails

  5. Horizontal Dividers

    We add the dividers that frame out the door and drawer cavity with a dovetail and double mortise and tenon

  6. Bottom Frame

    We add the frame which will create the bottom of the case

  7. Drawer Runners, Kickers, and Guides

    We add the internal components that will support and allow the drawers to operate

  8. Vertical Dividers

    We subdivide the drawer and door cavities by adding the vertical dividers

  9. The Panels (Part 1)

    We start enclosing the case with the panels. The stock is resawn and the back panels are installed.

  10. The Panels (Part 2)

    We continue adding the panels to the case by fitting the side and bottom panels

  11. The Top

    Before diving into more detail work, we’ll knock the top out

  12. Prefinishing and Assembly (Part 1)

    We start getting ready to finish up the case by taking care of a few small details and by finish prepping all the parts.

  13. Prefinishing and Assembly (Part 2)

    We apply finish to all the case parts and glue up the case

  14. The Drawers – Half Blind Dovetails

    We get started on the drawers by fitting the drawer fronts to their openings and by cutting the half blind dovetails.

  15. The Drawers – Through Dovetails

    We finish up the drawer construction by dovetailing in the back, fitting the drawer, and adding a bottom.

  16. Adjustable Shelves

    We add wooden adjustable shelf standards to support the shelves in the lower cavity of the case.

  17. Knobs

    We turn some of our offcuts into custom pulls for the doors and drawers

  18. The Doors

    We make the inset frame and panel doors and install them into the case.

  19. Wrapping Up

    We finish up the small details and take a look at the finished piece

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn

  • Frame and Panel Construction
  • Double Mortise and Tenon Joinery
  • Tongue and Groove Joinery
  • Wiping Varnish Application
  • Traditional Dovetailed Drawer Construction
  • Wooden Adjustable Shelves
  • Basic Turning
  • Fitting Inset Doors

What You’ll Need

Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what I used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.


  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw
  • Dado Stack
  • Router
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill
  • Lathe (for turning the knobs)
  • Drum Sander (for surfacing panels with wild grain)
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Medium Bench Plane, Card Scrapers, Dovetail and flush trim Saws, Rasp
  • 1/4 Spiral Upcut
  • 5/16″ Round Over



Excellent instruction. Great project for anyone who wants to build a “larger” piece of furniture but is intimidated. Every lesson is well produced and Matt’s teaching is easy to understand and follow. Once complete you will have worked on and learned the skills to expand your woodworking. This course builds confidence. Would highly recommend. 5 stars for sure.

Doug Voss
Guild Member

This was a pretty ambitious project for me both in scale and complexity. This sideboard fits perfectly in our dining room., It provides a lot of storage and a surface space for entertaining and day to day use.

This was my first time doing frame and panel construction and the plans and instruction walked me through each step. There are a lot of parts to the project and a lot of wood, so it appears daunting to me but the videos make it approachable. This project has a little of everything with the frame and panel case work, drawers, and doors. I learned plenty that I will carry forward to other projects. It’s been a few months since finishing the project and I still reference back to the plans and techniques when planning and building other furniture.

Mike Flaminio
Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Matthew Cremona

Matt is a classic log to furniture woodworker. In 2017 he made his own bandsaw mill and uses it to create massive slabs for himself and other woodworkers to turn into beautiful furniture. He started his YouTube channel in 2014 and has a large and dedicated following. His woodworking style ranges from modern to classic reproductions.

Matt has been a Guild instructor since 2016 and a co-host of the Wood Talk podcast since 2016. He travels to teach periodically at local Guild meetings as well as woodworking events like Woodworking in America.