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″
Countersink Drill Bit
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.
Nash Khan says
Looks so sophisticated and the colors are so epic! xo
west furniture revival says
i would love to feature your buffet table, it’s gorgeous, please let me know if that would be ok
Absolutely. Thank you.
This is amazing. I have been wanting to do something like this to put all my collections. This is just perfect. Thank you.
I absolutely love this table – such a simple classic design – Thank you for sharing x
New Guy says
What are the lengths of the boards that you used. Mainly the 2×2’s.
Yes 2×2 and 2×4
New Guy says
7 – 2″x 8″
3 – 2″x 4″
7 – 2″x 2″
1 – 1″x 4″
I mean, how long is each board? 8ft? 10ft?
What kind of wood did you use???? Love it, it’s beautiful!
I used pine for the whole piece.
My husband is at home depot right now and had a question…
What is the 1×4 for? support for the top?
That’s what I wondered too but, when I read it again, he said he put it under the top boards.
We had this beautiful table put together by a carpenter today, and struggled with the board sizes that were given. How are there 7 2×8’s, when the top 3 boards are much larger then the other four boards that go below? He found a way to make it work, but unfortunately it is not the same. Thanks again for the inspiration though..
Debbie Richards says
First, I am getting ready to have my own blog too.I craft Bath and Body and other natural stuff. Being disabled, nice trendy things, really were just “Dreams”. I am an Army Vet, disabled of coarse…so I am told, legally. DISABLED…a state of mind, I am not.:) 4 YRS ago, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, had to endure Radiation,6mos. total, before and after, bedridden. That was when I learned about all things natural. I am proud to say, I am good at it all:) my younger son calls me a scientist……and let my older son know that fact very stern. The BEST THING TO COME FROM SO MUCH HEARTACHE, SUFFERING AND PAIN…..TO HAVE YOUR CHILDREN SAY THEY ARE PROUD OF YOU♡
And so now, my other dreams of nicer things will come true too. Thank you so so very much for sharing “your” :talents. This is one of my dream pieces of furniture. And will add glass doors. I also want to make the one in your BEDRM too.
Thank you again…and Mrs LAMB TOO. I am learning about blogging from here.lol
Hi, thank you for posting. Is there any way you can let me know where you bought the frame above the buffet table that says “remember when you go out in the world…” Thank you so much.
It is from The House of Belonging Etsy shop. I provided a link below. Thank you for reading.
The sign is amazing! Is it heavy? I want to order one but can’t tell if it’s made of plywood or canvas?
No it is not heavy at all, I can pick up that sign by myself and the only holding it up is a 1×3 8 inch board anchored by a 45 lb drywall anchor. Super light. We have another one that is much larger one in our bedroom you can see it on my at http://www.craftsmandrive.com/2014/09/29/diy-tv-console/ and that too I can pick up and move by myself.
So its not canvas? Im assuming a lighter plywood?
First of all, the table looks great. It would be very helpful to see more photos of the project from different angles. I really wanted to see what the back looked like and also a close-up of the shelves.
I love this table and am going to try and build it this weekend. I’m struggling with the wood sizes though. 🙁 Probably because I”m a novice i assumed that 2×8 meant it was a 2×4 that was 8 feet long. So now I’m going to build this and modify it so that it’s 5 2x4s as my table top. Hoping it works. I’ll let you know!
Is there any chance you can email me a picture up close of the table from the floor looking up? I’m really struggling with how you started the base and attached the legs to a 2×4. I don’t understand where that 2×4 goes and what size it is. How far apart did you make your legs?
The top are 3- 2×8’s and my total width of the TV stand is 6ft long. If you wanted to put 2×4’s on top and had the same dimensions you would have 6- 2×4’s. 2×8’s are 2 inches thick and 8 inches wide, 2×4’s are 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide. Total length comes in a variety of lengths typically 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, 12ft.
Sarah phillips says
love this table! My husband and I built it a few weekends back, and it has made our space feel much more complete! Thanks for sharing the plans!
Michael Steinhardt says
Beautiful table! I am trying to make this right now and am in the planning stages (measurements, etc.). How did you support the middle and lower shelves? I see how there are 2×2’s surrounding the 2×8’s, but are they just screwed into each other? are their supports underneath?
I love this! Unfortunately I have no ability to build something even this simple. Is it available for purchase on a website?
Love the sign above the table……what is the inspirational quote?