Built in China Hutch / Buffet

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Project by Kevin Depies posted 03-07-2009 06:59 AM 13950 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this red oak cabinet to replace the existing built in cabinet in my parent’s house. It was finished just before Thanksgiving, hence the cornucopia decoration. I wish I had a picture of the original years ago before the yellow-tinted 70’s bottle glass doors were removed (they were hideous), but I am including one that I snapped before tearing it out.

So, mine is nothing too spectacular, but its quite an improvement from what was there and complements other updates that have been done on the house. The project gave me an opportunity to try some new things such as the curves on the upper door rails, which was a fun little challenge – especially since the arch stretches across two doors. Also it was the first time I was able to make raised panel doors. I got a nice Freud ogee raised panel bit set a while ago, but the project I was doing just had plywood panels in the doors, so I did not get to use the raised panel bit until this one. It can be a little intimidating at first to see that huge bit spinning in front of you!

My Dad did most of the finishing work, which was just fine with me :-) It was stained and then got a few coats of an oil/urethane wipe on finish. Electrical also had to be installed for the lights, switch, and an outlet.

Well, there’s not much else to say about it. Let me know if you have comments or questions… enjoy!

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#1 posted 03-07-2009 07:34 AM

Much better!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 03-07-2009 03:04 PM

Vast improvement. This one will mean more to your parents also.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 03-07-2009 04:14 PM

Great job. Talk about a huge improvement!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-07-2009 05:30 PM

This looks great! Nice job.

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#5 posted 03-07-2009 05:41 PM

Fantastic transformation. Looks great.
- JJ

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Kevin Depies

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 07:23 PM

Thanks everyone! They are very happy about it!

The old one didn’t go to waste either. I used the bottom half of the face frame, the doors, and all the shelves (which are old school yellow pine – good stuff) to build a cabinet that hangs in their garage.

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 08:03 PM

Nice buffet!

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#8 posted 03-08-2009 04:58 AM

Great improvement. very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 03-08-2009 05:01 AM

wonderfull job

-- Gary, Missouri

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#10 posted 03-08-2009 06:52 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 03-08-2009 07:03 AM

That’s a real upgrade. They won’t have to dust the stuff on the selves any more.

-- Gary D.

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#12 posted 03-29-2009 09:46 PM

Huge improvement over the old one!

Very well done. The proportions of the overall piece are perfect. Well executed!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 07-17-2010 09:04 PM

very nice

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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