Dining Room Buffet

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Project by Oldtool posted 04-05-2021 02:25 PM 685 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This buffet is a set with the dining room table I completed late last year, made with the same Silver Maple, Weather Wash gray dye and their water based varnish. The only secondary wood used was pine for the drawers when I ran out of maple:

Although I used machines to remove most of the waste, construction was via as many hand tools as possible. I cut dados, groves and rebates with wooden planes, and final surfaced the boards with metal and wooden hand planes;

The first board in this project I completely surfaced flat and true with hand tools, which proved to be quite arduous due to the hardness of the maple, so I made a planer sled with a big box purchased thermally fused laminate shelf board for the remaining boards to obtain a flat surface. Relatively inexpensive & longer than my maximum need of 60 inches, this worked out well:

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 04-05-2021 03:18 PM

very nice build especially using hand tools. I think I see some either flame or curl poking thru the gray wash -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-05-2021 03:58 PM

Nice project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-05-2021 04:49 PM

Might fine hand tool build, great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 04-05-2021 05:17 PM

Great build. Came out beautiful

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 04-05-2021 09:14 PM

Nice, Tom! That’s a big project. Looks great!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 04-05-2021 09:17 PM

You did a great job Tom…on this buffet and the entire set.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 04-05-2021 10:46 PM

Fine work! The joinery is great and I like the finish.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#8 posted 04-06-2021 01:48 AM

Nice results, and great seeing your collection of old tools while you put them to use.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 04-06-2021 12:09 PM

Really nice work using hand tools. I sometimes struggle with the dado plane and getting some tear out. Seems like it worked well for you… :)

-- Tom

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