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How to build a DIY buffet table with fluted doors

This DIY buffet table with fluted doors is an intermediate level woodworking project that will bring style, elegance and storage to your dining area. Learn how to build it and get the FREE plans below!

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We’re overhauling our entire downstairs right now and that includes getting rid of some old furniture pieces that used to work in our old house but don’t fit right in our new house.

Dining space before with IKEA Hemnes cabinet
Dining space before with IKEA Hemnes cabinet

One of those things is our old IKEA china cabinet that we haphazardly stuck behind our dining table.

It didn’t fit the wall right, wasn’t connected to the other pieces it used to come with and we needed an upgrade.

How to build a DIY buffet table with fluted doors - Charleston Crafted

We decided to build a custom DIY buffet table that would hold our china, napkins, special silverware and all that good stuff and then hang floating live edge shelves above it.

This is a major change to our space and helps have a visual impact in our dining are that isn’t the plain white of an IKEA cabinet.

DIY buffet table with fluted doors

This DIY buffet table could be made a lot easier, but we wanted to have a super interesting look since it’s in the open of our open concept gathering space.

We decided to add fluted doors for the drawers and cabinet doors that would add visual interest and make it unique.

This buffet table has lots of storage and is customizable if you want to build your own (get the plans below!) by changing up the stain.

What is a buffet table?

A buffet table, sometimes called a “sideboard,” is a long table that is in a dining room that generally has lots of room for storage and serving.

Buffet tables are mostly used to store and display decor, having ample space inside them for items and space on top for traditional decor.

Live edge shelves above buffet table

Most buffet tables are used to store dining and entertaining items that aren’t used regularly and are saved for special occasions. This will generally include “the good plates,” or “the good silverware,” or “the good napkins.”

Historically, they are also used to serve food, hence the name “buffet” table.

Due to their long, low nature, they can be used to place food during a holiday or party occasion to let people graze on and serve themselves.

What does “fluted” mean?

Fluted refers to anything that has cylindrical ridges and grooves.

Fluted is a decor style that breaks up hard, straight lines with curved, rounded elements.

Oftentimes, fluted decor comes from using wood dowels, which is the case in this piece.

Fluted doors

Laying wood dowels next to each other or wrapping them around a piece of furniture changes the look of furniture by adding the ups and downs of curved ridges.

Fluted furniture is also often mechanically made, so you’ll see those rolling lines around the edges of coffee tables, ottomans or other furniture.

How to build a fluted door table

This post will give you the general overview for how to build a DIY buffet table with fluted doors and show you the main steps to get it done.

You can get the full step-by-step instructions, including material and cut lists, by downloading the free plans below!

Tools needed to build this buffet table:

Step One: Build frame

The first thing to do is to build the frame. The frame consists of a top, bottom, two sides and a back.

Cutting plywood with Kreg Straight Edge Guide

For this, we used a Kreg Straight Edge Guide and plunge saw to make long rip cuts of a piece of 3/4″ oak plywood.

The Straight Edge Guide was a huge help for giving us a perfect straight cut since it’s really hard to push a piece of heavy plywood through a table saw.

Click here to see our full review of the Kreg Straight Edge Guide!

Drilling pocket holes with Kreg 720 Pro

After the pieces were cut, we drilled pocket holes in the sides and back using the Kreg 720 Pro pocket hole jig.

Click here to see our full review of the Kreg 720 Pro Pocket Hole Jig!

Attaching sides of buffet table

Then it was just simple assembly, using wood glue and pocket hole screws.

Frame of DIY buffet table

The frame is the backbone of this buffet table, so it’s important for it to be super sturdy and solid.

Step Two: Add dividers and shelves

After the frame was assembled, we cut down boards to serve as dividers and shelves.

These pieces break up the inside of the buffet table into three sections: one for drawers and two for cabinets.

The shelves also allow for better storage inside the cabinets.

Adding edge banding to DIY buffet table

Dividers and shelves were cut, pocket holed and attached the same way as the frame, using wood glue and screws.

After that was all in place, we also used iron-on edge banding to cover the plywood edge on all these pieces.

Adding metal legs from Semi-Exact

Finally, we flipped it over and added metal legs that we got from Semi-Exact. These are super sturdy, which is what we needed for this very heavy buffet table.

Step Three- Build drawers and doors

The drawers for this buffet table are a simple box, with four sides and a bottom. We used the Kreg 720 to drill all the holes needed and assembled two drawer boxes.

Building drawer box for buffet table

Each drawer also gets a face that is a 1/2″ piece of plywood cut to the size of the drawer openings.

The cabinet doors themselves are just pieces of 1/2″ plywood cut to the size of our opening.

Step Four: How to make fluted doors

To make the fluted doors for our buffet table, we used A LOT of 1/4″ dowels.

We started by taking the 1/2″ plywood faces for the doors and drawers that we cut in the last step and trimming them out with 1/4″ plywood edges.

Each of those edges had 45 degree miter cuts on both ends and all were glued down onto the faces.

Then, we cut literally hundreds of dowels to put into place.

Jig for cutting dowels to same length

The best way to do something like this, especially with non-square pieces like round dowels, was to build a simple jig.

To do this, we cut a scrap piece of plywood to the length of the space inside the doors, then attached a backer board to that and it was ready for the miter saw.

We placed stacks of dowels on the jig and cut them down with the saw over and over.

Laying wood dowels to make fluted door

When they were all cut, we spread a lot of wood glue in the space between the door trim and then laid down all the dowels.

This took a lot of dowels to fit snugly in the space, then we clamped down some wood to keep all the dowels flush down and in place.

Step Five: Finish with hardware

The drawers are connected in the center section using drawer slides and the doors are attached to the side sections using hinges.

Using the Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig to drill hinge holes

These steps were easy to do using the Kreg Drawer Slide Jig and the Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig.

Attaching drawer box in place
Gluing drawer face to drawer box

Once the doors and drawers were in place, we drilled a small hole in each to attach a drum knob to open them.

Attaching hinges to cabinet doors

These were the same knobs we used to replace all the knobs in our kitchen and the same ones we put on our pedestal vanity.

Buffet table woodworking plans

Lucky for you, you can have the woodworking plans to build one of these buffet tables with fluted doors FOR FREE!

We partnered with our friends at Kreg Tool for this project to bring you these plans for free.

Straight on picture of DIY buffet table with fluted doors

On the Kreg Tool site, they now have hundreds of woodworking plans available for free on their site. Here, you can get our plan for this project, as well as free plans for any project you’re looking to do in your home.

Detail picture of legs and fluted doors

Check out their new site, then grab our plans and download the PDF and get started!

Buffet table plans video tutorial

If you want to dive into a deeper look on how we made this buffet table with fluted doors, check out our YouTube tutorial. Here you can see all the steps in a video that might help answer any remaining questions you have!

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