Build a Contemporary Sideboard
Chris Gochnour's sideboard combines usefulness, strength, and beauty in a contemporary case piece
Synopsis: The half-blind mitered dovetails used to join this sideboard help make it strong and beautiful, with grain that runs up one side, across the top, and down the other for a waterfall effect. All the other joinery is hidden and employs Domino slip tenons. The sliding doors are punctuated with spalted live oak veneers. Follow along as Chris Gochnour shows how to build this classic yet modern beauty, step by step.
Sideboards are among my favorite pieces of furniture to build. They offer great utility—whether used in a dining room for dishware or a family room for entertainment equipment—and they invite a wide array of approaches in terms of structure and joinery, materials and finishes. With care taken in the design phase, the sideboard form is also often quite beautiful.
For this sideboard I used half-blind mitered dovetails to join the case, providing excellent strength but also…