How do I build widgets into my custom sidebar?

I've modified a basic theme to create a sub-blog theme that matches my bp-daily front page. I'm going to make this the default theme for all new users.

I would like to hard-code some widgets into the sidebar and I've had a heck of a time figuring out how to do it. There are lots of tutorials on the web for adding your own code to the sidebar, but that's not what I want. I want to actually place widgets.

Any advice or tutorials that you would recommend?