Low cost, back to basics buffet

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Project by Lee Leitner posted 01-06-2014 04:50 AM 1241 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to build her a simple “rustic” buffet for our dining room. I decided I wanted to try something with all cheap off the shelf big box wood. I used #2 pine for the entire piece. I stayed away from anything fancy and just went very basic on this. After it was completed I stood back and realized I had forgoten that wood does not have to be complicated to be beautiful. I think we work wood so much trying to learn that new technique or how to use that new tool that we forget that even the simplest piece of wood put together in a simple way can be a fine piece in itself.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 06:43 AM

Nice work Lee

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 10:34 AM

Very nice buffet, you worked wonders with big box #2, and you seemed to have a nice selection of pine, no loose knots & few in number. Is that milk paint on the bottom?, looks good with the contrasting top.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 11:16 AM

Hey Lee, Nice work! I agree you can do a lot with good old #2 pine. I didn’t know you were such a good woodworker. One of the benefits of the big box stores is that you can pick through the lumber and select the best boards. I had the same question as Oldtool, is that milk paint on the bottom?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 11:59 AM

Thanks guys. No it is not milk paint…I used a grey primer and then a thin coat of latex semi gloss (used a sprayer with a latex nozzle) and then “bussed” it here and there. I think the milk look comes from spraying a thin coat. I will admit I spent some time sorting boards at the store. It is funny to see the store clerks round the corner and see stacks of boards on the floor LOL.

-- Lee

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 12:49 PM

Nicely done! That will be a piece that will live on through the generations.

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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