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Project by Ron Aylor posted 06-11-2017 03:28 PM 676 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While dusting off the shelves in the library the other day, I realized I had not posted pictures of one of my very first woodworking projects. Built well over twenty years ago, this Colonial Hutch Table is made of maple and yellow pine, stained with Minwax Early American stain, and finished with shellac.
 

 
       
 

 
The years have taken their toll in spots, yet the piece remains sturdy and functional.
 
The pivoting top is secured via a sliding dovetail and pegs …
 

 

 
... chair/hutch with cut nails, lid with wrought iron hinges …
 

 
... while the feet are secured with pegged mortise and tendon joints.
 

 
The sides were cut and shaped from a single maple board.
 

 
The inlay is an Amish star of ebony, pearwood, and mahogany with a satinwood border.
 

 
At the time this was built, my tool collection consisted of an axe, rip and crosscut saws, a coping saw, a Stanley gent saw, antique jack plane, Stanley thumb plane, tri-square, marking knife, egg-beater drill, a set of Ace chisels, files, assorted screwdrivers, and a few bar clamps!
 
Thanks for looking!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 06-11-2017 04:26 PM

Very well designed and made piece of usable furniture.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 04:35 PM

Nice to revisit past projects, isn’t it? Even if you’ve gotten a lot better in the intervening years, it’s still nice to see where you’ve been.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 04:48 PM



Very well designed and made piece of usable furniture.

- ralbuck

Thanks, Ralbuck!


Nice to revisit past projects, isn t it? Even if you ve gotten a lot better in the intervening years, it s still nice to see where you ve been.

- Dave Polaschek

That’s very true, Dave! When I stop and compare this hutch table to my recent William & Mary Prie Dieu ... I think … wow … I have come a long way! LOL! I have learned so much since then.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 07:51 PM

Very interesting design and secret compartment. It looks older than ’’just’’ 20 years.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 08:09 PM

This is a super build, all traditional joinery, and terrific inlay. I’ve wanted to try such a project, all hand tool work, and some form of early American furniture, and this hutch table fits the bill.
I like the sliding dovetail joint allowing table top movement, and the pegged M & T feet. Things were made to last when this furniture was originally designed, looks great.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 08:09 PM



Very interesting design and secret compartment. It looks older than just 20 years.

- majuvla

Thanks, Ivan. I guess the distressed look all those many years ago did help a bit with look! The photos don’t really do it justice … they came out a bit to light … this maple actually appears darker and richer.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 08:31 PM



This is a super build, all traditional joinery, and terrific inlay. I’ve wanted to try such a project, all hand tool work, and some form of early American furniture, and this hutch table fits the bill.
I like the sliding dovetail joint allowing table top movement, and the pegged M & T feet. Things were made to last when this furniture was originally designed, looks great.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom. Like all of my builds, I did not have a set of plans for this hutch table, just photos of extant examples. All of the joinery is traditional and like you said, “make to last”. I said above that time had taken its toll … evident by wood movement. Note the gaps in the top and blow-out at the cut nail due to cupping of the front. But, as Dave points out above, it’s interesting (and important) to go back and look at old projects to not only see how far one’s skills have come, but to see how one’s technique holds up to the ravages of time.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#8 posted 06-11-2017 11:11 PM

Pretty cool! I like the minimal tools used, it’s a nice design as well

-- www.youtube.com/lemongrasspicker

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 06-11-2017 11:34 PM



Pretty cool! I like the minimal tools used, it s a nice design as well

- Lemongrasspicker

Thank you, Lemongrasspicker. My wife and I used this as our kitchen table for a couple of years before moving it into the library. For several years now it has been a perch for cats staring out the window!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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balidoug

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#10 posted 06-11-2017 11:58 PM

That’s a remarkable piece with a plethora of interesting features. great work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 06-12-2017 12:04 AM



That s a remarkable piece with a plethora of interesting features. great work.

- balidoug

Thank you, Balidoug! If I had it to do again, I would not use stain … I should have used a dye to bring out the curl in the maple. Maybe next time!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#12 posted 06-12-2017 12:58 AM

Even your earliest works are impressive, Ron!

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 10:09 AM



Even your earliest works are impressive, Ron!

- Dan Wolfgang

Thanks, Dan, you’re too kind!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 11:41 AM

It’s great that you share a retrospective. I am fascinated by the concept of those pegs ! The years have revitalized this piece of art, Congrats !

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 01:17 PM

This table is absolutely outstanding and so beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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