DIY Buffet Service Station

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I love having friends over for, well, just about any occasion. I love creating the menu, the decor - everything. I do find one thing I always need more of when I have a party is table space. Food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils - it takes up valuable food space on y serving table. I whipped up this DIY service station to help with that problem and I think it looks pretty cute too!
When I originally built this is was for the 4th of July, but with a few adjustment in decor, it suit any that big football game coming! It's so simple to make, it only took me about 1 hour!
Here's the 4th of July set up. The station itself is 2 pieces, a bottom tray and a top. You will need a few boards: 1x8, 1x6, ans 2-1 x 3 to make this project. Plus you will need 1.5" wood screws.

Additionally, you might want wood stain or paint and sandpaper
I have a full list and diagrams of cut sizes for the boards on the blog post.

First I created the stand. The trickiest part of the stand are the holes for your buckets or pots or jars to go in. I used a jigsaw to cut mine (they are not perfect, but they work).

Then I attached 2 "legs" to the top - this creates the stand.
I created my tray with 2- 1x6" as the base and 1x3" on the sides. They were screwed together with wood screws.

Once the 2 separate pieces were put together, I stained my serving station...IN hindsight, I would stain my boards first and then cut and assemble. This was one of my first all-by-myself wood projects.
The measurements I used for my exact crate and stand can be found on my blog. I used the measurement purposefully so that I could stack the stand inside the crate for easy storage as well.

To finish off the station, you can use mason jars, terra cotta pots or whatever you like, just make sure they fit securely in your holes. For the football them I grabbed some metal buckets
For the football themed party I used metal buckets (about $1 each), painted them brown and added a football detail.

Terra cotta pots and jars work too, just make sure they fit securely in the holes.
There you have it - a totally versatile DIY service station that works for so many occasions!

Remember, I have complete cut lists for the boards and simple handdrawn diagrams over on the blog post to help you. I made this in a hour!
Suggested materials:
  • Pine boards   (hardware store)
  • Wood screws   (hardware store)
  • Wood stain   (hardware store)
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Holly Lefevre
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