Arts and Crafts Cherry Hutch

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 500 days ago 1850 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still catching LJs up on furniture I’ve made the past few years. Apologies for the photo quality, I really need to get a better camera. I keep spending all my cash on tools;-) The panels on the hutch are not darker than the rest of the cherry. I don’t know what that’s about.

The plans for this project were adapted from an Arts and Crafts Wine Cabinet found in Woodworkers Journal. We chose not to put glass in the upper cabinet panels because this acts more as a pantry for us. They are removable if we want to change them later. Also about those panels, due to budget and tool limitations at the time, I used a high end 1/4 plywood veneer on the side/door panels and 3/4” on the back. All frames (doors, face, side) are solid mortise and tenon cherry square-pegged with cherry stock.

At the time, this was the largest, most difficult piece I’d made. It’s over 7’ tall and about 5’ wide. The tall inset doors were really a challenge. I still can’t believe I made this before I owned a hand plane. I’m glad the days of using a sanding block to fit tenons are over.

I hesitated to post this because it is one of the pieces I would like to remake one day. Frankly, I would do a lot better job on it now. I’m not usually too hard on myself, but the flaws and poor stock placement bug me now. For example, my wife and I like the sapwood in cherry- it looks more rustic. But I didn’t use it wisely on this piece. And I wouldn’t use plywood. Maybe it’s good to show so of the stuff I’m not as proud of so you guys don’t just think I woke up one day wizzin excellence….lol.

Nevertheless, this is one stout, roomy hutch if your looking to build one(really not rocket science to build). My kids have been abusing it for a few years now, and it has held its own. Questions and comments always welcome, Red

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#1 posted 500 days ago

The hutch is awesome man! Quite an ambitious project.

Why do we woodworkers have that urge to point out the flaws in our project. Its hard to resist. I’m getting better at it though. I even have fun hiding them, as I get a better understanding of what imperfections the eye can’t pick up on.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 500 days ago

Nice looking hutch.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 500 days ago

Great looking Hutch. Love arts and craft style of woodworking an d especially G&G

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 500 days ago

Super looking hutch,love that A&C.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 500 days ago

Very nice work. The grain patterns in that cherry are gorgeous.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#6 posted 500 days ago

Great cabinet! I like the details, and I notice some square pegs. That must mean you had a mortiser before a hand plane!

Great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 500 days ago

I also have a habit of pointing out the flaws. Red, your project description sounds about like something I would write too. It looks great, the ply allows for a great and consistant grain pattern. The inset doors are sweet, those are a nice feature/detail

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#8 posted 500 days ago

I hear ya about the flaws fellas. As you can tell, I’ve pretty much furnished our house the past five years, but this is one of the few pieces that bugs me….so I couldn’t help it. I don’t know why we’re all so hard on our work. Maybe it’s just a downside to pushing ourselves to excel.
I’ve added something to the description about that. We’ve gotta work at it. We can’t all be like Ricky Bobby and just wake up one day wizzin excellence;-)

Pinto- I know my first plane was a LN rabbet block plane but I honestly can’t remember the timing. Wouldn’t surprise me if I didn’t have it til after the mortising machine. My biggest regret in woodworking thus far is all the sandpaper I’ve used when I didn’t know how to wield a smoothing plane.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#9 posted 499 days ago

i’m till learning basic woodworking skills and often point out my workmanship that is less than desirable. I think it’s the fact we don’t want to appear to deceive anyone or more importantly ourselves.
i think you did a great job and should be proud of this – i hope to do as well!

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 499 days ago

That is spectacular looking Cherry. I think it’s great that you left it natural without any stain.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#11 posted 499 days ago

That’s a great piece of furniture, let alone for an early in your woodworking journey build. Love it!

-- Robb

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#12 posted 499 days ago

Beautiful job BRK.

I suspect that your excellence wizzin is innate, whether you’re willing to accept it or not.

Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#13 posted 172 days ago

No plywood?

What finish?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#14 posted 171 days ago

Scott- well, you could say I’ve gotten better about including pertinent info on my project posts of late;)

Ya, there’s a bunch of sheet good in this baby. The back and shelves are 3/4” cherry ply. All the panels are 1/4” mdf. I felt fortunate because the 1/4” stuff had some very nice looking veneer. It’s almost curly with oil. I regret using ply on the panels, but it was the extent of my comfort level and budget at the time.

The plans are in this book.

or their site:

The finish is natural danish. I like what it does to cherry and walnut. Some might not. And then wipe on satin poly.

You’ve probably notice this piece has the same layout as the alder sideboard I made. I just changed up the dimensions.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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