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Project by Grapevine posted 12-03-2008 07:50 PM 2151 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this sideboard (buffet) from plans out of WOOD Magazine. It is all oak with Golden Oak stain and poly finish. It was a fun project but when I was about 90% complete I realized there would have been things I would do differently next time. I Hate when that happens!! It turned out ok but next time I will shop more diligently for the hardware. I got this stuff from Rockler and yes, it was overpriced like everything else they have.

-- Jeff - Grapevine, Texas - Tight budget = creativity, resourcefulness and a clean scrap bin...

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#1 posted 12-03-2008 08:13 PM

That turned out very nice. I really like the craftsman, mission style.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 12-03-2008 09:22 PM

It does look good. that’s quite a nice finish on the top. I’ve had trouble getting oak to come out that glossy. Judge Judy looks impressed too.

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#3 posted 12-03-2008 09:33 PM

That looks great, Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#4 posted 12-03-2008 09:36 PM

Not bad looking. I’m not really 100% in love with Oak thou, it’s not a bad wood, but too porous and all for me, But Stains nice it seems.

And one little Critique I have about the piece.

The Doors, that I noticed have too much Slack on the top, and not enough on the bottom, How as these assembled?

Did you eyeball it?
Did you Shim it?

it looks good other then the noticeable gab, and that’s not a big problem in it’s self, other then that that’s very well made..


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#5 posted 12-03-2008 10:29 PM

That is a beautiful piece.

The slack in the top of the door may look bigger because of the down angle of the photograph. Not as noticable on the bottom with the like material.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 12-03-2008 11:33 PM

Great lookin piece

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 12-04-2008 12:09 AM

This is a really nice pience, thanks for sharing this with us. I love the Arts & Crafts style furniture, it just looks comfortable and “homey” to me. In the 3rd pic it looks like Judge Judy is saying “Oooohhhh!”, she really likes it!

I looked at it a second time and I don’t see the door gaps that much, I think it’s mostly a camera angle/lighting thing – is that correct?

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#8 posted 12-04-2008 12:40 AM

Oak is my favorite wood and this was the first project I used a pore filler on the top. I have about eight coats of poly and sandded between coats to get that glass look. I’m not sure if I like it that shinny look but time will tell. I can aleays bring it to satin with some fine sanding.

The doors were installed with a shim on the bottom, the gap is larger at the top by a heavy 1/32” I drilled the holes before I discovered I used the wrong shim :( The good thing is that when you stand over it you cant tell with the overhang of the top

Judge Judy was ooohing over it…..

-- Jeff - Grapevine, Texas - Tight budget = creativity, resourcefulness and a clean scrap bin...

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#9 posted 12-04-2008 01:16 AM

Always like the clean lines of the Arts and Crafts style.Seems like every project I due there is always something I would do different(I think thats good though)

-- Scott NM,

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#10 posted 12-04-2008 05:16 AM

Very nice buffet

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#11 posted 12-04-2008 08:53 AM

Too bad that nice curly leg is hiding in the back of the piece . After looking your project over , I like the style of it , but if I were to make one myself , I would pay more attention to the grain types and decide if I was going to use the flat grain , vertical grain or quarter sawn . Your piece looks like a quilt with many contrasting fabrics combined . The stiles and rails seem excessive for the size of the doors especially when viewed from the side where you can see the end panel rails . I also think that you should have beveled the underside of the top to make the piece appear lighter and less “plank” like or just planed the planks down to a normal thickness . You already mentioned the hardware , so I won’t go there . I’ve gone the High Gloss finish route before and always regret it later . This is just my honest opinion as I would have others judge my work . I would rather have one honest opinion than 100 “nice jobs”...That’s how I learn and get better…

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 12-04-2008 03:05 PM

Dusty56, you nailed it, and thanks! There are a few other things I know about but not telling…This project shows my intermediate status as a wood worker, I did take a lot of those things in consideration when building but faied to follow through properly. The door panels are 1/4” resawn wood (The rails are built to the size in the plans) and I should have book matched or at least lined up the grain a little better too. this is when a woodworker buddy close by would be helpful. (second set of eyes) I strugled with the top as the plans call for a routed panel bit on the top edge. A very expensive bit I don’t have, and my decision was price driven. The top is screwed on like a table so I can take it off any time and “fix” it.

My wife likes it the way it is so I’m going to leave it alone… for now….

But next time…...

-- Jeff - Grapevine, Texas - Tight budget = creativity, resourcefulness and a clean scrap bin...

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#13 posted 12-06-2008 03:08 AM

If the wife likes it , then it is just perfect !! LOL ....I’m sure that she is proud of your accomplishment with this sideboard and when you get around to your next project , hopefully she will notice how much you have improved your skills ….We’re all still learning and often we need that “second opinion” to keep us on the right path…. I still confer with the guy that first showed me how to joint two boards and glue and clamp them together successfully just to see what he thinks of my projects and what he may have done differently . : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 12-22-2008 04:19 AM

Nice sideboard.

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