Cherry Hutch

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Project by SteveO posted 05-14-2007 07:01 AM 2049 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first big project. It took me a couple of weeks after I bought the wood to start work. It scared me how much I’d spent, and I didn’t have the confidence to jump right in. It was pretty ambitious with inset drawers and glass in the doors, but I think it came out all right.

I built it in 3 pieces, both for ease and to be able to get it into the front door. The two smaller side sections are identical, with the larger center section as the backbreaker. it’s hard to tell from the picture, but there are walnut accents among the cherry.

So, now that I’ve built it, I’m inspired to do more. We’re adding a room behind the garage so I can have a real shop to work in! I’m looking forward to not having to move everything each evening so we can park the cars.

-- Steve, Boulder, Colorado

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#1 posted 05-14-2007 08:06 AM

That is a masterpiece, SteveO! I want to see more!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 05-14-2007 02:51 PM

Very nice!




-- Paul, Texas

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#3 posted 05-14-2007 03:02 PM

Steve, Great job. You must be very proud. What kinds of project led up to this great work? Which tools did you use to produce the cabinet? (hint: post pix of your workshop)

I am with you on the “moving the cars” as my shop is in the garage. It does not see much action six months of the year – too cold! How about in Colorado? Don’t tell me you have a heated garage! :-)

-- John

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#4 posted 05-14-2007 04:04 PM


I appreciate the concern with a large project using cherry and walnut. That is a serious financial commitment. Yes, the hutch looks great.

A backyard dedicated shop is the way to go and to live in Boulder is a great “background” for your shop! My shop is in the basement, so a project your size is too large to get upstairs. I still do all my finishing in the garage because of fumes. Design and layout of a shop is very rewarding too.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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#5 posted 05-14-2007 04:24 PM


this is really, really a nice project; you have all the rights to be proud of yourself.

What a magnificient addition to a room.

And I agree with you…for a first big project, it’s enough to scare anybody.

Well done,

Have a good day,


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#6 posted 05-14-2007 04:25 PM

Inset doors on your first project? Wow. Very ambitious and brilliantly executed. That is a really nice piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 05:40 PM

ambition is right !!!! Wonderful job and a beautiful addition to the home

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 05-14-2007 06:06 PM

Outstanding piece, Steve! Congratulations!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 05-14-2007 06:49 PM

Beautiful. Can’t wait to see more of your projects.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 05-14-2007 08:09 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Steve. I understand about diving in… Being pretty new to this craft, I get aprehensive at times. I’m curious how many hours it took if you don’t mind me asking. I’d like to make something similar in the future. Also, was this an original design of yours?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 05-14-2007 08:15 PM

Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 05-15-2007 02:22 AM

Very nice job! I bet you didn’t know you were so talented.

-- Billp

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#13 posted 05-15-2007 05:21 AM

Great Job Steve. They are beautiful. So how much Cherry went into the cabinets.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 05-15-2007 05:26 AM

Nice piece Steve and it looks like it matches the dinning room table very nicely. Can’t believe you guys that actually park cars in your garage. My son just built a new house across the street from me and he has a very nice two car garage on the front – can’t believe he and his wife actually use that precious space to park cars in :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 05-15-2007 07:59 PM

A nice piece of woodworking art SteveO. Cherry takes it over the top.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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