|Project by Don||posted 01-27-2007 02:45 AM||2581 views||0 times favorited||23 comments|
This Colonial Hutch was made by my brother as a year 12 woodworking assignment. It’s remarkable in a number of respects. It’s his design based on pictures that he found doing research for the assignment. He attempted to make it with authentic styling, construction techniques and finish. It’s now about 43 years old and probably our favorite piece of furniture in the house.
The timber is Pine, finished with a Cherry stain and a coat of beeswax. We’ve never added anything to this. The two side panels are constructed from one piece of wood. I just can’t imagine finding boards wide enough to replicate this today.
The joinery is all doweled with no nails or screws anywhere in the piece. (You can see the through-dowels in the end panels.)
The doors are louvered with a great deal of accuracy. I’ve made louvered panels myself and know how difficult it is to get these looking right.
My dear brother sold this to my wife and I for $125 in 1964 when that amount of money was significant to me and him. He didn’t have anywhere to put it and being newly wed, we needed furniture. It’s been an ongoing joke between me and my brother that I ripped him off and should really give it back to him. He now lives in a log cabin in Dripping Springs, Texas where it would fit perfectly.
So brother, here’s my offer to give it back to you at no charge for the item. Oh, but you will need to pay me $75,683 for 43 years of storage.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/