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Build a sideboard console

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Trendy indeed, this console table is a perfect fit for the entrance, living room or dining room of your home.

The sideboard console we propose is 30"H x 36 ½"W x 15 ¼"D. It is made from MDF, with the exception of the mouldings and legs, which are wood. When a sideboard like this is finished with decorative mouldings and arabesques and painted in solid white, it is both practical and elegant. Personalize your sideboard console by choosing one or more colours that will harmonize with your decor.


Tools and materials required

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  • Table saw
  • Mitre saw
  • Screwdriver drill
  • Pneumatic nailer
  • Router with Freud 38-352 bit
  • Countersink drill bit for No. 8 screws
  • 1/8" bit
  • Forstner bit
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure


  • 1 sheet MDF, 5/8" x 48" x 96"
  • 4 Queen Anne table legs, 2 ½" x 15"
  • 1 length half-round rope moulding, ½" x 96"
  • 2 square arabesques, 2" x 2"
  • 2 door knobs
  • 4 concealed hinges, with screws
  • 2" No. 8 screws
  • Carpenter glue
  • 18-gauge 1 ½" finishing nails for pneumatic nailer
  • Wood filler
  • Primer
  • Paint

Before Assembly


Elevation sideboard console


The router is a motorized tool that can be equipped with a wide variety of cutters, or bits, making it extremely versatile. There is a router bit for every type of woodworking project, from making mouldings to carving grooves (e.g. for inserting drawer bottoms or cabinet door panels), giving a more professional-looking finish to the edges of pieces of stock (boards, shelves, tables), planing surfaces and even making dovetail joints. Router bits are often sold in sets and usually come with illustrations of the patterns that they can cut.

Depending on the model of router and type of work involved, the user either moves the router along the fixed material (e.g. to follow curves) or moves the material itself along a fixed router table (e.g. to carve grooves). A number of routers are designed to be used either way and can be fastened upside down under a router table.


MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the parts together with wood glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If the nails or screws do not provide enough strength, use clamps to hold the assembly together while the glue dries.

Screw fastening:

Always drill pilot holes using a countersink bit with pieces in their final assembled position; this will prevent the MDF from buckling or splitting under the torque of the screws. The countersink bit makes it possible to bore a hole for the body of the screw as well as a cavity to conceal the screw head. You may use a screwdriver drill to insert the screws, but it is advisable to finish tightening the screws with a manual screwdriver to avoid damaging the MDF and weakening the screw’s grip due to the drill’s increased strength and speed

Nail fastening:

For some projects it is best to use finishing nails. In such cases, using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.

Important note:

Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential health hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum when you have finished cutting.


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