Mission buffet

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Project by botanist posted 10-07-2008 03:37 PM 3414 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I were recently married and as you might expect, we got a lot of new dishes, glassware and other kitchen stuff as wedding gifts. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough space for them, so my wife told me to build a buffet/sideboard. We live in an apartment so I don’t have a workshop of my own, but my father in law does, so we’ve been working on the buffet for about a month now, spending about 1-2 days during the weekend on various parts. Here is where we are right now. The frame is all red oak. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make quadrilinear legs in the Stickley style, but once we get everything sanded and stained, I don’t think anyone will be able to tell that the legs are 3 boards laminated together without looking closely. We’re not too far away from being done, but as you can expect, working on a project only 1-2 days per weeks makes for slow progress. This is my first major project.

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#1 posted 10-07-2008 03:48 PM

looking good so far. we will want to see it again when it is finished.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 10-07-2008 04:13 PM

Clean lines, attention to detail, keep us posted. Looks great.

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#3 posted 10-07-2008 04:19 PM

Looks like you are off to a good start. Have you decided on a finish for it yet ?

Thanks for posting

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#4 posted 10-07-2008 04:23 PM

Thanks for the great comments. I haven’t decided on a finish yet but I have a couple of weeks to make a decision. We don’t want anything very light and we’re going to want something durable, water and alcohol (we like to have wine from time to time) resistant. I was thinking about a Mission walnut stain.

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#5 posted 10-07-2008 05:29 PM

Looks great. Like the others I can’t wait to see the end result.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 10-08-2008 03:05 AM

That looks like a strong foundation. Looking forward to the finsihed product.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 10-08-2008 08:49 PM

Nice.! Take a look at my TV console from a finishing aspect. I was going to actually fume the QSOak but ended up dying the project. I found the dye was easier to work with, produced zero chemical fumes.
Keep up the good work

-- surfdude

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#8 posted 10-08-2008 09:13 PM

This is going to be very welcome piece of household furniture for you, your children, and grandchildren ,and on, and on.well done

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 01-15-2009 07:59 PM

This looks like the sideboard my wife is wanting. Do you have plans for this item?
I am somewhat of a beginner to woodworking and have not attempted to build anything other than shop furniture. With that being said I will have to have a set of plans to build something like this.

Can you (or anyone) give me information so I can locate a set of plans like your project?

Thank you.

-- D and D...Texas

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#10 posted 01-15-2009 08:07 PM

I came up with the plans kind of on the fly, based on pictures that I’ve seen online. I based the design partially on the Mission Buffet made by the company CF Oakton ( and on other pictures that I’ve seen online. There’s more detailed plans in a book on Mission furniture, but it involved a lot of biscuits and I don’t own a biscuit joiner. The name of the book is:

Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture: 25 Projects For Every Room In Your Home

You can always modify the designs to match your requirements.

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#11 posted 01-15-2009 09:20 PM

Thanks for your quick response and I will continue to look around and I will check your posted link also.

Thank you

-- D and D...Texas

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