Hey Guys! If you are stopping by from LMB, and just finished reading her post, “Spring Dinning Room,” welcome. If not, welcome anyway, but make sure you swing LMB and learn how to style the buffet you are about to build. We have received a lot of interest on how to build the buffet that was featured in the post, and this is how you can build one for your space. When I built the DIY Rustic TV Stand, I went through a few trial and errors, but after I got the hang of it, I wanted to build another one. As guys do, If I am going to build something, I want it to be as big as I can possibly get away with. The overall length of this piece is 8 ft long and it gives you plenty of room for storage.
7 – 2″x8″
3 – 2″x4″
7 – 2″x2″
1 – 1″x4″
Legs : (HT) 32″ | (WT) 17 1/2 ”
Base (Legs and Support): (Length) 91 3/4″ | (Width) 17 1/2″
Shelves : Both are (2) 2×8 side by side, 88 3/4″
Top : (3) 2×8 side by side, 96″
Total Height: 33 1/2″
1. Construct your base.
Legs come first. Attach the front legs to the back legs by attaching a connecting 2×4 at the top. It makes an upside “U” shape. Repeat this step for the other side. Check for level.
2. Build in the framework.
Attached the two leg bases, flush on the top, with a support 2×2. Repeat this for the backside. At this point, you should have a framed box with legs. Check for level. **I attached all of the support 2×2 with pocket holes from KregJig.
You will be repeating the same step to construct the frame for your two shelves.
3. Lay in the shelves.
Start with the bottom. Lay in the two side by side 2×8 shelf boards, check for level and attach them by screwing them into the support 2×2, front, back, and side. I again, used countersink drill bits, and wood filled them to conceal them (Click here to check out my post on Countersink Drill Bits). Repeat the same steps for the middle shelf.
4. The top boards.
Lay down the top, and check for square all the way around. We made this buffer very large to cover a pretty large space. The boards were bought at 8 ft, so I did not have to make any cuts to the top boards. I choose to make a 2 1/4″ overhang on each side. Once square, you can attach from the bottom and screw up, or from the top and screw down (if you screw from the top-down, use a countersink to conceal the screws later on). I placed (4) 1×4 boards underneath, to ensure the top slotted boards stay smooth and flush.
5. Fill in the cracks, and color up.
Fill all of the countersunk holes with paintable wood filler. After all of the wood filler has cured and hardened, sand all of your boards, to smooth out all the bumps and prepare the piece for color. We painted our buffet plain white.
The overall cost of this project was under $115.00, and serves as an awesome anchor for your dinning room space. They can handle a large amount of weight, and I have stood on the piece to hang the art above, no creeks or shakes. I really enjoy making these simple rustic pieces and I hope you choose to tackle one for yourself. If you have any questions leave a comment below, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks.