The last few months have been a crazy time for me. Now that the cat's out of the bag I can finally say that my husband and I are expecting our first child. So the past 12 weeks have been nothing but morning sickness and paranoia. Absolutely no time for big house projects. Add the fact that it's been averaging in the high 90s here in Raleigh for the last few weeks. Not a great combination for any DIYer. So I've mainly stuck to the smaller, indoor projects that don't involve fumes or heat. But now the first trimester is over and I feel like a whole new person. So I traded in my daily nap for some outdoor productiveness. Now all I need is the heat to dissipate and I will be golden.
This particular project was inspired by the coffee table I made from plans provided by Ana White. But unlike the coffee table, I built the buffet table without any plans. It was all in my head. In fact, I didn't even bother drawing out the piece before I built it. Something I regret. I did manage to draw everything out after the fact so I could provide my plans to anyone who wants to try something similar.
I will attempt to list my materials and process below with dimension drawings. Forgive my ramblings. I want to make sure I point out my mistakes along the way so that you might learn from them. Here we go!
Wood (See Cut List)
#8 x 2 1/2" Wood Screws
#8 x 1 1/4" Wood Screws
Small Pin Nails
Paint of Choice
Stain of Choice
(4) 2 x 4 x 33" (Legs)
(4) 2 x 4 x 11" (Shelf Sides)
(4) 2 x 2 x 51" (Shelf Front/Back)
(2) 2 x 1/2 x 61" (Tabletop Trim Front/Back)
(2) 2 x 1/2" x 16" (Tabletop Trim Sides)
(1) 60 1/2 x 16 x 3/4" (Tabletop)
(1) 51 x 11 x 3/4" (Bottom Shelf)
Pallet Planks (These should be cut separately during the process to ensure accuracy - use miter saw to get 45 degree angles)
*** NOTE: I listed the cut widths and depths according to how you would purchase them at a store. The actual sizes usually run 1/2 an inch shorter. See my dimensions drawings.
(Example: A 2x4 actually measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2)
Step 1: Gather your materials. I always try to use wood that I already own as opposed to buying it new. I managed to build most of this project from old wood I had in the garage. The only thing I had to purchase was the trim for the tabletop portion and more stain when I ran out of what I had.
Step 2: If you haven't already, cut your wood and start lining up the base of the table. Here you will see all 4 legs (2 x 4 x 33) with the supporting beams (2 x 2 x 51).
Step 3: Attach your base pieces together. Drill holes with your Kreg Jig on the sides of the supporting beams that won't be exposed. I did mine on the top. I used a Mini Kreg Jig I bought from Amazon for a reasonable price. It came with great instructions. Use the #8 x 2 1/2 inch wood screws.
Step 4: Start attaching the sides (2 x 4 x 11) to your front and back. You will do this for the top of your base and for the bottom shelf. The shelf height is up to you. Mine measures 13 1/2 inches from the floor to the top of the shelf. That is not depicted in my dimensions drawing. Use the Kreg Jig again to drill the holes. Use the smaller wood screws..
Step 8: Use the wood glue to start gluing your pieces onto the wood. Place something heavy on each piece while it dries. My suggestion is to make sure each piece lines up on the edges perfectly before gluing. I made the mistake of gluing first and spent WAY too much time sanding the edges after the fact.
Step 10: Repeat Steps 6-9 on a smaller scale for your bottom shelf. Use the other large piece of wood (51 x 11 x 3/4). Cut your pallet planks to fit onto the wood slat and glue them down. I suggest making sure your wood slat fits into the allotted space before gluing. Otherwise, a lot of sanding will be required.
Step 14: Add the trim to your tabletop. Use small pin nails to nail in the sides first (2 x 1/2 x 16). Then nail on the front and the back (2 x 1/2 x 61). Stain the trim to match the rest of the tabletop. I also failed to take pictures of this part of the process, but this is a picture of what the final result should look like.
Step 15: Use your Kreg Jig to drill holes in the bottom of the bottom shelf. Once the holes are drilled, insert the shelf into the empty space and drill your #8 x 1 1/4 inch wood screws into the 2 x 2s on the sides, front, and back. Again, missing picture, but here is a photo of the bottom shelf after it has been screwed in.