Monday, June 15, 2020

Buffett / Sideboard Table - Hall Table - Free Woodworking Plans

Had a lady call me about building her a buffet table and so I started drawing it up in Sketchup. The photo on the left is the finished product, but wanted to take the time to put my plans online so my fellow woodworkers might could benefit. I use so many of you guys plans, so I wanted to give back to the community! So let's get started.

The project is made from 2x6s and 2x4s only, even though the top could be made from 1x6s for a lighter configuration. The first step is to build the shell that will hold the shelves and the the top. The most critical part of the shell is to inset the side pieces 1/2" as shown in the drawing
below. I drilled 3 pocket screw holes on each end of the side pieces that would screw into the legs, and when I connected the 50" longer pieces, no pocket screws were necessary because I could screw right into the legs.

Next, I built the bottom shelf from 2x4s. I ran the boards through the table saw to remove 1/8" of an inch from each side of the board to make the total width 3 1/4". This was to remove the bevel edge for the 2x4s and make a flat edge. I then added some end-cap pieces that were 1.5" x 1.5" to act as the base for the "X" pieces to rest on. I then put 3/4" x 1"fur strips along the bottom so I would have a way to connect the shelf to the legs.

The next step is to build the middle shelf, which is identical to the bottom shelf except that you don't need the end-cap pieces. 
Now let's build the top so all our major pieces are completed before putting in all together. To build the top, I took off 1/2" from each side of four 2x6's so each board was 4 1/2" with smooth flat edges. If you wanted a wider top then you could take off more or less. 
Finally, put all the pieces together.The shelves are mounted as shown in the figure below. The bottom shelf is mounted 4" from the bottom, and the middle shelf is mounted 20.25" from the bottom.


For the X braces on the side, rip a 34” board into a 1 ½” strip (so final pieces are 34” x 1 ½” x 1 ½”) and lay the piece across the side as shown. Take a pencil and score the board from the back to make lines to cut the angles. 

Repeat the process for the other side of the X, except this time you will make four (4) scores to cut the two pieces.

Thanks for letting me share my plans! PLEASE leave a comment if they helped you in any way or that you used them. That's all the motivation I need to keep posting. Here are a couple more photos of tables I built with these plans.

For this table, I scaled down the dimensions to make a baby changing table.

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