Breakfront Cabinet/Hutch

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Project by CodyC posted 07-14-2013 06:39 PM 4918 views 19 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project where I don’t feel like I rushed to finish and I’m pretty happy with the results. Built with poplar except some birch plywood on part of the inner walls of the base cabinet.

Tools used:
Table top edge on base cabinet – Whiteside Table Edge Ogee (item #174-4025)
Face frame beading – Whiteside 1/4” radius squared edge beading bit (item #163-0805)
Door rails/stiles – Freud rail and stile set (item #97-204)
Upper cabinet grille – Round Hand Woven Nickel Grille- 3/4’’ Mesh (from Rockler)
Finish – Bayberry green milk paint with a couple of coats of wipe-on poly (from Old-Fashioned Milk Paint company)


Rough lumber…

Base cabinet frames assembled…

Making the beading for the face frames…

Attaching the face frame…

Face frames all done on the base…

Gluing up and attaching the feet…

Attached the molding for the feet…

Table top glued up and routed…

Cleaning up the corners…

Upper cabinet framed up…

Face frames attached to upper cabinets…

...and crown molding attached…

inset doors assembled and fit…

drawers and shelves finished…

Ready to paint!

2-3 coats of milk paint and 2 coats of wipe-on poly…


-- Cody Crisp

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 06:46 PM

Very well done, Cody! The milk paint does a nice job on the poplar.

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 07:46 PM

Excellent colour and style! Looks great!

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 09:25 PM

great work , well done

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 10:17 PM

I really like how you squared off the inside corners of your top. Nice documentation, and superb result!

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 10:49 PM

Well done my frend ! Did you consider leaving off the inside brackets on the end bases. Looks good, just wondering how it would look without choking that space. Enjoy ! JB

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 10:54 PM

thanks great build .very good job and tutorial

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 11:03 PM

I like this job a lot but I’m not sure about the bracketed feet, they seem a bit exaggerated. They draw my attention from the piece as a whole. The contrast of green/cream and chicken wire works well. Great job and great write up.

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#8 posted 07-15-2013 12:09 AM

Looks nice. Should bring you a lifetime of good use but also a lifetime of satisfaction from a job well done….by you! Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#9 posted 07-15-2013 01:26 AM

Great build Cody, excellent in fact….it looks amazing and thanks for the step by step pics and text showing the build as you did it….. excellent job, looks awesome.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 07-15-2013 04:35 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. To answer questions from cabmaker and renners – I considered a few different options with the bracket feet and if I had to do it over again I would probably scale them down to about 3/4 or maybe 2/3 the size that they are now.

I couldn’t figure out how to leave out the middle brackets on the outer base cabinets and still be able to connect it to the middle section…maybe scaling down the feet a little would make it to where I could have left them in and not looked as crowded. I just drew everything up in sketchup and the proportions looked good so I went with it, but it was definitely a good learning experience.

-- Cody Crisp

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#11 posted 07-15-2013 10:36 AM

Super nice build, great looking cabinets.

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#12 posted 07-15-2013 05:05 PM

That is a great build. I really like the color. Well done.

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#13 posted 07-15-2013 07:45 PM

Now they only thing remaining is making sure you know who it will be passed down to…. I’m sure this beauty will be around a long time.

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#14 posted 07-15-2013 10:22 PM

Very nice work Cody!!!!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 07-16-2013 02:03 AM

Nice work and great attention to detail.

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