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DIY Buffet Table With Pallet Wood, Concrete

DIY Buffet Table

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Here’s a great looking option for a DIY buffet table that cost me less than $100 in materials to build! The base is made mostly of reclaimed pallet wood, and the top is QUIKRETE concrete.

Using smaller dimensions could easily turn this into a console, sofa, or entry table as well. Download the free plans below!

Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps

I’ve linked to several different retailers below for your convenience. I encourage you to shop around as I’ve found that each item may sell for less at a different retailer.

Tools

DEWALT 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw


DEWALT Rolling Miter Saw Stand


DEWALT 10″ Table Saw With Rolling Stand


DEWALT Corded Drill


DEWALT Circular Saw


DEWALT Atomic Cordless Drill


DEWALT Random Orbital Sander


DEWALT Angle Grinder


DEWALT 16-Gauge Brad Nailer


DEWALT Tape Measure


Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Jig System


Stanley Utility Knife


Dripless Caulk Gun


Finishing Trowel


Pointing Trowel


Grout Float


Mixing Paddle


Mix Bucket


5 Gallon Bucket


Diablo Saw Blade


Empire Straight Edge


Rubber Mallet


HANDy Paint Cup


HANDy Paint Cup Liner


Paint Brush


Carpenter Pencil

Supplies

QUIKRETE Countertop Mix


Melamine Plywood

  • The Home Depot
  • I used 4×8 sheets. You may need to special order or visit your local store.

BEHR #BL-W09 Bakery Box


BEHR #770E-3 Pewter Mug


KILZ 2


Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout


DAP Silicone Caulk


3/8 in. Rebar


Grip-Rite Rebar Ties


Power Pro 3″ Exterior Screws


Grip-Rite 2″ Exterior Screws


Gator 120 Grit Sanding Discs


Gator 220 Grit Sanding Discs


Gator 320 Grit Sanding Sponge


Plastic Sheeting


FrogTape


Furniture Safety Strap

Personal Protective Equipment

Firm Grip Flex Impact Gloves


Firm Grip Nitrile Gloves


RZ Mask Dust Mask


3M Safety Glasses


3M Earmuff


Related Article: PPE: DIYers Should Use Personal Protective Equipment

Steps

How To Build A DIY Buffet Table With Pallet Wood, Concrete

  1. Build the table base.

    I used 2x4s for the supports and reclaimed pallet wood for the legs and bottom shelf slats.

  2. Paint the table base.

    I recommend using KILZ 2 primer and BEHR paint. For this build, I used KILZ 2, BEHR #BL-W09 Bakery Box and BEHR #770E-3 Pewter Mug.

  3. Build the concrete top.

    Use QUIKRETE concrete. See my more detailed article here on how to make concrete countertops.

  4. Secure your table to a wall.

    The Home Depot offers an assortment of furniture safety straps.

DIY Buffet Table Plans

DIY Buffet Table Plans

Download Your Free Plans

Pallets are a great inexpensive resource for wood. I have access to free pallets and crates from a local boat factory; check around, you might be able to get yours free too.

Measurements

  • (A) Concrete top: 22″ x 67 1/4″
  • (B) (4) Legs: 2 1/2″ x 4″ x 32″
  • (C) (4) Front, back braces: 2×4 lumber at 60″ L
  • (D) (4) Side braces: 2×4 lumber at 12 1/8″ L
  • (E) (3) Cross braces: 2×4 lumber at 14 1/2″ L
  • (F) (18) Slats: 3 1/2″ x 18 5/8″ L

I left all of the rough saw marks, splits, holes, and knots intact. The more, the better in my opinion!

Base Build Sequence

  • Attach the four front, back braces (C) to the four legs (B).
  • Now attach the four side braces (D) to the now assembled front, back braces and legs.
  • Install the three cross braces (E), equally spaced left to right.
  • Attach the slats (F) with your nail gun. I worked from the two table ends to the center. The center slat may be thinner than the others. I laid all the slats down first, without nailing them, to get an idea of the spacing I wanted.

A Kreg R3 jig (see tool list above) is the perfect tool to use to attach your base pieces together. This Kreg YouTube video will show you how to set up your R3 jig.

Paint Used

After the KILZ primer and BEHR coats have been applied, sand the base frame down in random spots to add a distressed, rustic look.

Concrete Top

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For an in-depth look at making concrete tops, see my article How To Make Concrete Countertops. Most of the same steps can be used for this table top. The only real difference is I made this top to be 1 1/2″ thick instead of the 2″ thickness I used for my kitchen countertops.

Once your table is built and you’ve set it in place, be sure to secure it to a wall with furniture safety straps!

Do you plan to make your own buffet table with a concrete top? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments below!

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