Hobbit Cupboard

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Project by AaronK posted 02-09-2018 02:56 PM 727 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design is based entirely on Mike Pekovich’s Hobbit Cupboard, just in cherry (vs oak), store bought hardware (vs custom), and without the carved door.

Joinery is pretty much all by hand. this was my first time using a dado plane, as well as my first time turning… Don’t look too closely, those acorns are far from identical. Hardware is from Signature Hardware (highly recommended for customer service!). Finish is a couple thin coats of minwax antique oil, followed by paste wax buffed on with fine steel wool.

Overall I’m happy with how this turned out, although I had some trouble with those through tenons. You’ve got to be really careful with layout, and three of them of this size… well, it’s tricky making it all come together solid and nicely.

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 03:57 PM

really nice. I like the door a lot!

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 04:02 PM

Wow! I think you did a great job. Before I read the title I thought it looked like a Hobbit cabinet. My daughter would love this. Using a lot of hand tools, nice. Thank you for the source of hardware.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 06:08 PM

This is a very interesting piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 02-09-2018 06:19 PM

I like both but yours looks more hobbit-y than Mike’s. Good work.


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#5 posted 02-09-2018 07:09 PM

That’s cool

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#6 posted 02-09-2018 07:14 PM

Nice through tenons. Love the look.

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#7 posted 02-09-2018 07:53 PM

Very fun! It looks solid too, is that 5/4?

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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#8 posted 02-09-2018 08:02 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments. My wife (this was her christmas present that got delayed by an “emergency” dollhouse build ;-) ) think’s it looks more hobbity too… I suppose Mike P’s design could be seen as more gothic/elvish/gondorian lol.

traditionally speaking, this is WAY overbuilt. the thing ways a ton for what it is (measures about 24”x24”x9”). The stock’s about 1 3/8” finished. That vertical divider and lower shelf are ~ 5/8” for reference. absolutely ridiculous!

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#9 posted 02-09-2018 08:08 PM

Looks great. Im sure Bilbo is proud :)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#10 posted 02-09-2018 11:31 PM

I like it just the way it is. The lack of uniformity of the small turnings and difficulty with the tenons is actually a good thing as it doesn’t look like it came out of furniture factory and that is a good thing in my opinion.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-10-2018 02:45 PM

Really nice looking in cherry! Be easy on yourself, we woodworkers are constantly making new things by hand. Each time we make something new there are bound to be things that we would improve if we made a second. I’ve come to see the minor flaws in my projects as part of the character of a piece made by an amateur woodworker.

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