Hutch for Secretary Roll Top

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Project by Jim posted 01-01-2012 02:58 AM 1775 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier in the year I completed an oak Roll Top Secretary Desk for my wife. She wanted some additional storage above the desk and was thinking of just sticking some shelves on the wall. I suggested a wall mounted oak hutch that matches the desk and a Christmas present idea was born. It looks fairly simple in design but looks can be deceiving. Knowing that this would not be sitting on the floor but instead hanging from the wall … and heavy … it needed to be extremely strong to avoid sags or shifting over the years. It’s made with thru tendons and everything except the centre adjustable shelf is dado’ed. There is a 1/2” mitre in the back to secure the 1/2” oak ply backing. You can see that the top is actually an enclosed space. The top lid comes off giving access to the top 2” space. A 1” thick oak bar runs across the back of this space forming the backbone of the entire cabinet. This bar is flush to the wall and 4” lag bolts secure the it to the wall studs. The bottom has a smaller 1” space and lag bolts here secure the bottom of the unit to the wall. It was a fun project and I’m fairly happy with the results. My wife loves it which is what really counts.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 03:59 AM

Well done. What do you plan to hide in the top? Those super secret family records of yours 8-)

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 04:11 AM

Hi Jim
That’s one cool looking hutch and roll top.

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 04:24 AM

Shhh no one is supposed to know the top is an accessible compartment. That’s where my wife can hide goodies from the kids :-)

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 04:27 PM

Beautiful, great job!!

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 05:59 PM

Wow, excellent work, my hat is off to you. I dislike working with oak so I’m very impressed you went the extra mile with the shelf. Nice job with the hanging also, I’m sure that was fun, I think I would have gone with the french cleat system. The thru tennons are the kicker for me. All in all, great job.
Doug in AZ.

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 06:49 PM

Beautiful work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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