Old Style Hutch

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Project by rainman posted 10-12-2009 02:43 AM 1757 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I saw this hutch at a store that was selling high-end Adirondack furniture. When they told us the price, I made the mistake of saying “I could build that a lot cheaper.” So that’s how I ended up with this project. There are no fancy joints, it’s all pine and I used biscuit joints and screws with filler over the screw heads, because everything was getting painted. The doors are carved to give the look of raised panels, and the grapes were one of my first relief carvings…my wife still kids me about the ‘square grapes’. The upper doors are lined with regular quarter inch square hardware cloth, and painted with gold spray paint. A little crown molding around the top, and double bead on the back. It stands 79 inches tall, and about 38 inches wide. I managed to achieve the look of the original we saw in the store, but for a third of the price.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 03:56 AM

Beautiful Job!!

Love the doors.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 04:07 AM

beautiful cabinet! my wife would love this so I won’t show it to her LOL. would you share the technique for the lower doors? great job.

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 04:30 AM

square grapes…. hmmm, very practical…. won’t roll away on you…

nice job on the cabinet, too… if she is pleased, you were successful. Is that a green paint or dye? I like the look. Sprayed? Little difficult to tell from pictures…

well done…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 04:32 AM

Really nice project. How long have you been doing woodworking? Great color on the paint also.
Keep up the good work and go for another project.


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#5 posted 10-12-2009 05:34 AM

Very well done. I like the color!

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 01:39 PM

Nice hutch.

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#7 posted 10-12-2009 02:24 PM

Veryu nice!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 10-12-2009 03:01 PM

Great job!
I wish I could carve “square Grapes” that nice!
That paint job came out really nice as well!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#9 posted 10-12-2009 04:19 PM

Great detail on this.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 10-12-2009 04:33 PM

Well done, like the look of the doors.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 10-12-2009 04:40 PM

one third the price but it was made by you which is what makes it worth more then the other one.
very nice job. now a table to match would be nice.


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#12 posted 10-12-2009 05:37 PM

This is great wonderful workmanship and super details .Those are stylized grapes not square grapes(that’s your story so stick with it) This is very nice.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 10-12-2009 06:25 PM

Sqare grapes are sweeter than round ones. Completing a job for the wife is even sweeter!
Nice job.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 10-12-2009 09:50 PM

Beautiful Hutch. I really like the period type furniture such as this. Maybe it’s Colonial, I’m not sure of the correct category or style, but do like it! I’m glad your wife is not my critic! I think your grapes look great! The carving of the doors is an excellent addition. I first thought you had made raised panels and was thinking they sure must have been some challenge. Congratulations on a great build.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#15 posted 11-25-2010 04:40 AM

Really elegant! I’m very impressed by the idea of carving the panels. THe finish looks like real milk paint.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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