Jeremy’s Curly Cherry Buffet Table

This was the most challenging project I’ve attempted so far. I have a handful of projects under my belt, and each one has been a little more difficult than the previous. We wanted a buffet table to go in our kitchen and we wanted the utility of more storage space as well. I found a few sets of plans and took elements from each one to create this piece. It has 44 mortise and tenon joints, lots of dadoes and 5 dovetailed drawers. I used soft close drawer slides and cabinet door hinges. The offset between the legs and the front face of the cabinet made hinge selection a little tricky, but I was able to find something that works.

The cabinet door panels are resawn curly cherry. I used cherry plywood for the panels that make up the body of the piece. The interior and dividers inside are also cherry plywood. The top is solid curly cherry.

I wiped the finish on everything using Boiled Linseed Oil followed by several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I used 600 grit between coats and used a 2000 grit Platin pad with mineral oil to “rub out” the final coat after it had several weeks to cure.


  1. thomas Kaiser June 16, 2013

    nice simple design, most times the best. I like the approach of you assemble witch can out to be a clean look. Keep it up

  2. Riley June 16, 2013

    Very nice, that will last a very long time, curly cherry is gorgeous. Great job

  3. TennesseeYankee June 16, 2013

    Wow. I like Cherry and I love Curly. Put them together and you have an incredible piece of wood. Nice design and looks.

  4. Claude Stewart June 17, 2013


  5. Derek Hall June 17, 2013

    It looks fantastic. Very impressed that you pulled from various sources for the design .. the proportions are great.

  6. runningwood June 17, 2013

    Beautiful Work ! great selection of materials

  7. Jeff June 17, 2013

    Very nice work Jeremy, I’m not quite there at the point where I am able to comfortably attack a project like this but I am working towards that goal. I want to build a Dresser, Chest of Drawers and a couple of Night Stands for the Bedroom.

  8. Great looking project!!! Everything flows and ties together really cleanly. I like your choice of hardware also!!! It may have been your “most challenging” project to date, but you knocked it outta the park.

  9. Jerry June 17, 2013

    Wow, gorgeous. Very well done. Inspiration for all of us.

  10. GregF June 17, 2013

    Very nice. Your finish work really popped out the wood grain. I also like how you took the time to use individual panels for the rear of the buffet rather than a single back piece of plywood. Did you finish the rear the same way as the visible sides?

    • Jeremy June 17, 2013

      The back (outside face) was finished the same as the sides (BLO followed by Arm-R-Seal). Since the cherry plywood that was used for the side and back panels was only good on one side, I used some dye to get the color close and used shellac on the inside to try and avoid any smell issues from oil based finishes.

  11. Greg June 17, 2013

    Wow that’s beautiful. I’ve never seen curly cherry. Where do you even get curly cherry?

    • Jeremy June 17, 2013

      Curly cherry can be found at many hardwood dealers. Of course this will vary by location. It can also be found online, but the costs for shipping can be prohibitive.

  12. Jeremy June 17, 2013

    Thank you to everyone for the kind comments.

  13. Jason Bracy June 17, 2013

    Jeremy, That looks amazing, it is cool how it pops once the finish is applied.

  14. Rob J. (http://yahoo) June 22, 2013

    Great job. Wood looks amazing. Love the photos of each step you went through. True craftsmanship!

  15. Outstanding job. Love the finished project

  16. Larry July 1, 2013

    great project. What are the dimensions?

    • Jeremy August 12, 2013

      The dimensions are roughly 20″ wide by 50″ long.

  17. Beautiful cabinet, and the hardware suits it perfectly.

  18. Garrin Halsch December 14, 2013

    Stunning love the cherry I live in NC . Have not seen that nice of cherry.

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