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Project by Doug882 posted 12-30-2019 12:36 PM 964 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Buffet for the basement entertainment area for storage and to use as a bar. The unit is made of 3/4” plywood, popular for the top and face frame, sides and barn door sliders, drawer fronts are 3/4” white pine, and 1/2” birch plywood shelves and drawer boxes with 1/4” ply bottoms. The stains used are Minwax Sedona Red 222 for the draw fronts and top and Minwax Classic Gray 271 for the rest of the piece.

The metal parts are weld steel 1/8” thick, The top rail was 1” wide the bottom guide 3/4” wide. The steel was sanded and painted satin black. The wheels are 1-1/4 in diameter. I used 1/4-20 hardware painted satin black throughout. I bent the door hangers with Mapp gas to heat and vice and hammer to bend. Note these are a simple “L” shape. I started our with a full bend but with only 3/4” door stock the “L” shape was needed for the bend to look good. I used 18” under drawer hidden slides that are self closing and full extension. The feet are 1” thick oak not stained.

I’m pretty certain I would not build the box from 3/4” ply ever again simply due to finished weight. I used pocket screws and glue to built the box and all worked well. The top was 2” thick popular joined with biscuits. I used a large round over bit to ease the edges of the top. The rear of the top is fixed to the box with “10 wood screws the front with elongated slots, washers, and screws to allow for some movement. Because of weight, being able to remove the top, doors, and drawers was a blessing.

I cut the slot for 1/8” thick 3/4” wide steel that the sliding doors to run in with a router and used epoxy to glue the steel in place. The stiles and rails for the sides and doors are popular and the inserts are 1/2” birch plywood with the groves cut with the router.

Drawer boxes are 1/2” ply and 1/4” Birch ply bottoms. Used locking miters for to assemble the drawer boxes and White Pine for the drawer fronts.

Fun project and the color scheme works great. I struggled with the under drawer slides and don’t think they were worth the effort just to be able to hide the slides. The finishing went well. Between clear coats I used 320 grit not the 220 recommended just to ensure I didn’t cut through the thin coat of finish and the stain.

-- Doug from Maryland





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 12-30-2019 01:59 PM

A good looking Buffet very nice, a sturdy build that should last for many years. Congrats. on a job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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swirt

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#2 posted 12-30-2019 02:56 PM

I like what you did with the drawer pulls.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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tynewman

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#3 posted 12-30-2019 07:26 PM

It turned out really nice. great work

-- Ty

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Doug882

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#4 posted 12-30-2019 10:02 PM



A good looking Buffet very nice, a sturdy build that should last for many years. Congrats. on a job well done.

- oldrivers

Thanks. My wife loved it.

-- Doug from Maryland

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pottz

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#5 posted 12-31-2019 12:22 AM

i dont know what it is but i just love the look,i think your right about the color combo,it really looks perfect.i like the barn door hardware too,and the way you did your drawers.you did a nice job on this.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Doug882

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#6 posted 12-31-2019 01:03 AM



A good looking Buffet very nice, a sturdy build that should last for many years. Congrats. on a job well done.

- oldrivers

Thank you.

-- Doug from Maryland

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Doug882

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#7 posted 12-31-2019 01:03 AM



i dont know what it is but i just love the look,i think your right about the color combo,it really looks perfect.i like the barn door hardware too,and the way you did your drawers.you did a nice job on this.

- pottz

Wow. Thanks a lot.

-- Doug from Maryland

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Doug882

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#8 posted 12-31-2019 01:05 AM



I like what you did with the drawer pulls.

- swirt

Thanks. I made a template on the band saw. Rough cut the fronts and used a flush bit on the router to keep them consistent. Then a round over bit and a little sanding.

-- Doug from Maryland

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Doug882

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#9 posted 12-31-2019 01:07 AM

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. It means a lot.
Doug

-- Doug from Maryland

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pottz

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#10 posted 12-31-2019 01:54 AM

hey doug where you been hiding,we need to see you more often.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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jeff

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#11 posted 12-31-2019 03:10 AM

Really great work.I love the look.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Peteybadboy

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#12 posted 12-31-2019 11:52 AM

Doug,

That is really nice work. The no hardware on the drawers is worth it. Barn door hardware is pretty cool too.

-- Petey

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stefang

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#13 posted 12-31-2019 01:53 PM

Wonderful design and workmanship Doug. I love the barn door sliders too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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