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Dennis Fletcher

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12-31-2015 06:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question maple finishing joining

Hey guys,

I am looking to build my wife a nice, but small (48” – 54” wide) china cabinet.

I want the bottom base to be a 2 door base and the top to be 2 glass doors that I can light up.

I am going to make it out of Maple, natural stain and high gloss poly.

Does anyone have any plans, already, for something similar?

--, Making design and application one. †

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 08:53 PM

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 10:41 PM

I did, but, I couldn’t find any plans that I liked. Thought I would check here before I purchased the set I did see, sometimes, others have a great set, that they have already made alterations to, that make more sense. I will probably just purchase the ones I did fond, though.

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 11:01 PM

Just a comment on your dimensions, will those lower doors when open be in the way of other furniture? Top doors could be a bit heavy that size with glass in them.
In MHO also just 2 doors for that width will look out of proportion. Go to some furniture sites and look at ones your size and style.

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 11:28 PM

I bought the plans for the Hutch from Fww many moons ago, and I think it’s still out there for sale. I did make a modification The original called for paint and I did mine out of cherry and when diff on the glass doors with seed glass. I also went with a slightly bigger crown molding on top. I also added bead board backing. Great piece. I will post a link to a pic of the whole piece (beside my wine cabinets i make) and an album of the hutch. I will note that there were some math errors from FWW but I measure twice anyway and once I goth the base cabinet case done, I built to the acutal dimension of the case, so the plans went out the window anyway.

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 03:04 PM

conifur, Thanks for asking. I would like to keep to 48”. The doors would be fine, weight wise, even with glass, as, at the height I expect the doors to be, I will have 3, maybe 4, hidden hinges. (I may even use heavy duty hinges, to try to make it even less strain.) If it ended up being 54”, I would probably have sidelights and somewhat smaller doors, that would make it easier on me.

The base would need to be no more than 18” deep, have drawers on top, with doors underneath. At 48” wide, the doors would be the perfect size, any larger, I would make it a 4 door unit.

bonesbr549, the hutch you show is very close to what she likes, except there would be no open area. Great job, by the way.

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