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Need a new winter project...

#258425 by edflorence » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:39 pm

A few years ago I lucked into a large number of 1x6 tongue and groove boards of random lengths. Most of the pieces were Western White Pine. In between smaller projects, I have spent time the last few winters recycling a number of those boards into a china hutch for our dining room.

The plans for the piece come from a book called American Country Furniture, by Nick Engler and MJ Favorite. In the book, this piece is called a Step Back Cabinet. I followed the plans pretty closely, making only a few small changes. For one, I added a shelf to the base of the piece and for another I used magnetic catches for the doors instead of the wooden catches detailed in the plans. Also, due to the narrow width of the 1x6 boards once the tongues and grooves were ripped off and the edges jointed, there are more back boards than the plans call for. Overall, I found the plans and the suggested procedure to be really accurate and well-detailed.

The snow is melting these days and the afternoons are getting longer and warmer, so I think it is time to finish the current summer project -10 x 16 solar greenhouse - which has been going on for about as long as the china hutch. Just need to finish painting the interior and siding the exterior. Then it will be time to start thinking of the next winter project.


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Ed
Idaho Panhandle
Mark 5 of various vintages, Mini with reversing motor, bs, dc3300, jointer, increaser, decreaser

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Re: Need a new winter project...

#258426 by RFGuy » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:58 pm

edflorence wrote:A few years ago I lucked into a large number of 1x6 tongue and groove boards of random lengths. Most of the pieces were Western White Pine. In between smaller projects, I have spent time the last few winters recycling a number of those boards into a china hutch for our dining room.

The plans for the piece come from a book called American Country Furniture, by Nick Engler and MJ Favorite. In the book, this piece is called a Step Back Cabinet. I followed the plans pretty closely, making only a few small changes. For one, I added a shelf to the base of the piece and for another I used magnetic catches for the doors instead of the wooden catches detailed in the plans. Also, due to the narrow width of the 1x6 boards once the tongues and grooves were ripped off and the edges jointed, there are more back boards than the plans call for. Overall, I found the plans and the suggested procedure to be really accurate and well-detailed.

The snow is melting these days and the afternoons are getting longer and warmer, so I think it is time to finish the current summer project -10 x 16 solar greenhouse - which has been going on for about as long as the china hutch. Just need to finish painting the interior and siding the exterior. Then it will be time to start thinking of the next winter project.


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Ed,

Very nice! Your post reminded me of the first furniture project that I did right after getting married which was to build my wife one of these to hold all the China she got from the wedding. It looks like you picked a wavy pattern glass for the doors, which I am a fan of. Is that correct on the glass?

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Re: Need a new winter project...

#258435 by edflorence » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:46 pm

RFGuy wrote:
Very nice! Your post reminded me of the first furniture project that I did right after getting married which was to build my wife one of these to hold all the China she got from the wedding. It looks like you picked a wavy pattern glass for the doors, which I am a fan of. Is that correct on the glass?


Yes...We are pretty lucky to have a very accomplished stained glass artist in town and she helped me find some really nice textured glass for the hutch. I wanted the texture but not so much that the colors and details of the contents of the hutch couldn't be seen.

Glad you mentioned the glass, because that brings up one other change I made to the plans. According to the plans, the glass was to be installed with glaziers points and glaziers putty...Instead, I opted to use a thin bead of clear silicone. Worked great and is nearly invisible.

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Idaho Panhandle

Mark 5 of various vintages, Mini with reversing motor, bs, dc3300, jointer, increaser, decreaser

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Re: Need a new winter project...

#258457 by algale » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:35 am

Super work!

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Gale's Law: The bigger the woodworking project, the less the mistakes show in any photo taken far enough away to show the entire project!

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Re: Need a new winter project...

#258464 by Hobbyman2 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:08 am

very nice !

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