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Project by Don posted 01-27-2007 02:45 AM 2581 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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/





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Karson

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#1 posted 01-27-2007 03:26 AM

Don: Very nice tell your brother that I’d give him a passing grade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 01-27-2007 03:42 AM

Thats a great piece Don, and a wonderful story, in both places you wrote about it

-- Cheers

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Don

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#3 posted 01-27-2007 04:01 AM

Quote Shawn: ”Thats a great piece Don, and a wonderful story, in both places you wrote about it”

Sorry Shawn, I don’t get it. Unless I’m going around the twist, this is the only place I’ve written about the hutch.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#4 posted 01-27-2007 05:06 AM

That’s a piece of furniture. Thanks for sharing it and the story.

-- Rookster, (http://www.robertkarl.org/woodworkingblog/)

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#5 posted 01-27-2007 05:17 AM

That’s a little steep Don. Sell it back to him for the original $125.00 plus 43 years of interest @ 5% compounded anually equals $1018.70 after all, he is your brother. And on top of that he’s living in a Texas Shack for cryin out loud.

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Don

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#6 posted 01-27-2007 05:20 AM

Well, Obi, I guess I was trying to say that we place such a high value on this item that we couldn’t part with it.

And perhaps he will be satisfied with my paying tribute to him by showing it here. After all, he can now look at it any time he wants.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#7 posted 01-27-2007 05:24 AM

Maybe you’re right… if you gave it back to him cheap, it would be saying it isn’t worth anything. It’s an Antique one-of-a-kind famil heirloom.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 01-27-2007 06:29 AM

A great piece of furniture, & well designed. I can just see your brother now as he looks at it, & admiring it on his PC. If you are looking brother, congratulations for having a brother like Don. Even if he won’t let loose of it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 01-27-2007 06:53 AM

Great piece of furniture and a wonderful story. What a treasure. I like the cherry & beeswax finish.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 01-27-2007 08:29 AM

You mentioned it in your comment on my blog, I’m glad you posted it it’s a great piece

-- Cheers

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Don

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#11 posted 01-27-2007 08:35 AM

That I did, Shawn. I thought that you were telling me that I had alrady posted the full story along with pictures elsewhere on this site. When you get to my age you are always on the lookout for tell-tale signs. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Shawn

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#12 posted 01-27-2007 08:38 AM

well glad I could help you discover that, no Don, you arn’t quite yet losing it…also making that pine cabiate I made, gotta say, my table saw is amazing when not cutting hard wood…

-- Cheers

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Don

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#13 posted 01-27-2007 08:44 AM

Two of the basic keys to successful cutting is a sharp blade and the correct blade. I get my TS blades sharpened at least once a year. I also take the time to use a good ripping blade when ripping. I reserve my finishing blades for small box work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#14 posted 01-27-2007 01:25 PM

Hi Don;
—-yes this is a great wood piece! Good looking Colonial Hutch….

I’m really amazed at the look of the wood after 43 years with cherry stain and one coat of beeswax, nice color. When you talk of side width of panel boards, I’m guessing from the number of floor boards that this works out to around 46 – 53 centimeters? And so if I’m, guessing right, then these are some nice wide boards.

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#15 posted 01-27-2007 01:30 PM

beautiful story and a wonderful piece of furniture. By listening to stories that my daughter tells of her high school students I can’t imagine any of them putting such pride and effort into an assignment. (that is what you referred to as “year 12”, yes??)

Anyway, I have an antique pitcher and basin that is my pride and joy but keeps floating from one spot to another, never finding its home. I have wanted a dry sink (I think this is what it is called) to hold the item from my ancestors. Perhaps I’ll just have to get to work and make one.

Oh, Rick—— !!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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