Fireside Hutches

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Project by wotyacollit posted 02-07-2008 12:16 PM 1453 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Client asked for storage spaces either side of their fireplace. Wanted to keep the costs down so they opted for MDF to be used and they would paint it to match their trim carpentry once installed. They also wanted the shelves to look chunky so I doubled them up at the front edge and used veneered edging tape on all edges to help when finishing the project (MDF sure sucks in the paint).

One thing I will never forget after this project is the weight of the bookcase upper section. I work alone and it was a huge struggle to get these pieces off the floor and onto the base cabinets. I will make sure and build it in sections the next time.

The doors are made from European chestnut rails and stiles with an MDF centre panel. I used the festool Domino machine to speed up the manufacture of these – it is an amazing piece of kit and it makes light of mortice and tenon joinery.

Addition – Project was finally painted so I thought I would add it to show what the finished piece looked like.

-- Dermot Coll,

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#1 posted 02-07-2008 01:12 PM


This is a nice project. I can’t believe that you put this up by yourself. Not only are they heavy but they will tend to be top-heavy as well. I certainly could not have done it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-07-2008 03:39 PM

Nice job! I’d like to see the video of you hoisting those things up. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-07-2008 05:25 PM

Very nice work. I bet they love it. Cool.

-- Hope Never fails

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#4 posted 02-07-2008 06:20 PM

I used the old egyptian method – brute force and ignorance!!! Learnt a valuable lesson – build it in smaller sections. Came out oaky though. Can wait to see it finished – the clients want me to come back and do some built in wardrobes for them in the near future so I can get some pics of the painted piece.

-- Dermot Coll,

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#5 posted 02-07-2008 06:50 PM

Looks great to me!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 02-07-2008 09:35 PM

great job

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#7 posted 02-07-2008 10:01 PM

Wonderful job. You did a great job working with some junk material. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 02-07-2008 10:02 PM

The bookcases fit tighter than the…what is that thing in the middle, a shop vac? Oh! It’s the fireplace! LOL! Well the cabinets really look professional…Good job!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 02-07-2008 11:18 PM

Nice looking shelves.

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 11:48 AM

Thanks for the comments guys – I could get used to this!!!

-- Dermot Coll,

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#11 posted 02-24-2008 05:25 PM

Nice looking piece. Also, welcome to Lumber Jocks.

We are starting to get a good representation from U.K. and Ireland.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 02-24-2008 06:12 PM

I have a similar project in the works including a hearth.

-- making sawdust....

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