I pretty much adore this buffet! Absolutely adore it! The reclaimed wood look can be achieved by “abusing” it with a hammer, nail holes, chain, etc., leaving it out in the rain, or perhaps even a faux reclaimed finish would be fabulous. This piece would be an amazing island in a kitchen or used for storage in a family room!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
- Kreg Jig
- Hammer or Brad nailer
- 3 – 1×2 at 8’
- 3 – 1×3 at 8’
- 2-1×12 at 8’
- 3 – 2×3 at 8’
- 5 – 3×3 posts at 3’
- 1¼” pocket hole screws
- 1 ½” pocket hole screws
- 2 ½” pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” screws
- Small nails or 1 ¼” brads
- Countersink bit for Drill
- 4 – drawer handles
- 4 – 1” wide angle brackets, optional
- Center mount drawer slides – I recommend Accuride 1029, 17”- Rockler part no. 32557
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 1×2 at 70-1/2”- Front and Back Top Trim
- 2 – 1×2 at 20” – Side Top Trim
- 2 – 1×2 at 30-3/4” – Drawer Support
- 2 – 1×2 at 15” – Drawer Slide Support
- 4 – 1×3 at 30” – X Braces
- 2 – 1×3 at 64” – Back
- 4 – 1×12 at 30-1/2” – Drawer Box Front & Back
- 4 – 1×12 at 15-1/2” – Drawer Box Sides
- 4 – 2×3 at 15” – Sides
- 2 – 2×3 at 64” – Shelf Supports
- 2 – 2×3 at 30-3/4” – Shelf Supports
- 5 – 3×3 at 33-1/2” – Legs
- 1 – 12-1/2” x 64” of ¾” plywood – Back
- 2 – 20” x 69” of ¾” plywood – Tops
- 2 – 12-1/4” x 30-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Drawer Fronts
- 1 – 15” x 64” of ¾” plywood – Shelf
- 2 – 15-1/2” x 29” of ¾” plywood – Drawer Bottoms
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Cut the legs to length and cut the 2×3 pieces for the sides. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2x3s. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the 1×3 pieces for the X braces as shown. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes as shown in the drawing. Assemble with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the plywood and 1×3 pieces for the back. Drill pocket holes in the long edges of the plywood and in each end of the 1x3s. Assemble with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws as shown in the first drawing, then attach to sides with 1-1/2” pocket holes screws as shown in the second drawing.
Cut the 1×3 pieces for the front. Drill pocket holes in each end and attach to the legs with glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the 1×2 pieces for the drawer and drawer slide supports. Drill pocket holes in each end of all supports. Attach to legs with 1-1/2” pocket hole screws and to the back as shown using 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the 2×3 pieces for the shelf supports. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and attach the supports to the legs with 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the plywood piece for the shelf. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the back of the shelf. Attach to the supports with 1-1/2” pocket screws making sure the top of the shelf is flush with the top of the supports.
Cut the pieces for the drawer bottoms and the sides. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom pieces and the two shorter edges of the sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The pocket holes for the sides will need to face the inside of the drawer box so they don’t show through the X braces.
Cut the pieces for the drawer box front and back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Attach the drawer slides to the slide supports following the manufacturer’s instructions. The slides will be attached ¾” back from the front edge of the drawer support to allow for the drawer front.
Install the drawer boxes and make any necessary adjustments but do not attach the drawer fronts.
Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the holes for the handle placement and drill the holes all the way through the front. There will be a 1/8” gap around all sides of the drawer front in the opening. Shim the drawer front in place and drill screws through the holes for the handles into the drawer box. Open the drawer and secure the front to the box from the inside. Finish drilling out the holes for the handles.
Cut the two pieces of plywood for the top. Attach the lower top to the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws into the top piece of the back, sides and front. Attach the second top to the first with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
If angle brackets on the corners of the top are desired, the can be attached “as is” or primed and spray painted in the finish you choose.
Cut the 1×2 pieces for the trim. Attach the sides first with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, then attach the front and back.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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