Arts & Crafts Built-in Hutch

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This is a built-in hutch in the dining room of my Arts & Crafts house, built in the Arts & Crafts tradition. It was built on-site milled in my workshop using the same clear red oak used for the first floor trim. Material was purchased at auction as a full lift during the recession when local LA furniture manufacturers were busy going out of business. Beautiful material. Would have been even better in quarter-sawn but that material was not on-hand and was not in the budget.

The dining room was originally designed with a niche for a hutch, but the plan was to use a commercially produced piece that was on hand. But after the wainscoting and trim was installed (you can see a bit of that to the left and right of the hutch) it was clear that a built-in piece was needed.

The countertop is the same ‘butcher block’ style used in the kitchen, made from leftover oak. It was glued up in 15” wide sections, run through the thickness planer, and then several sections glued together, and sanded. Finish is Behlen’s Rockhard Table Top Varnish, which I’m very happy with.

Has mirror in the back of the cabinet and the counter. If you look carefully you’ll see that the electrical has not quite been finished. Also still needs lighting in the cabinet but was wired for it. Will use warm white LED lighting.

The goal of the design of this (and the other) built-ins was to look like it was designed and built in 1915. I’m pleased with the result.

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 04:58 PM

nice hutch really has that 1915 feel to it.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 05:12 PM

you should be proud of that!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 06:35 PM

Wow what a project.
Very nice.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 09:22 PM

Oxford, what a fantastic piece! You did yourself proud. Great work.

-- Art

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 12:22 AM

Excellent work. Congratulations and enjoy it!

-- AJ

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 01:37 AM

Very beautiful work. You should be proud (I know I would be).

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 09-21-2018 02:13 AM

Simply Beautiful

-- Alain Canada Saguenay PQ

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#8 posted 09-21-2018 10:58 AM

Just beautiful!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#9 posted 09-21-2018 01:02 PM

Really nice!

-- Pete

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#10 posted 09-21-2018 01:27 PM


-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#11 posted 09-21-2018 06:54 PM

Not sure if your plans are to stray long term, but if you are thinking of a sale it sure looks like $$$ MONEY $$$ to me. If you plan on staying it looks like, gee I really enjoy this nice hutch being here.

Classically known as a WIN WIN, nice work.

Thanks for posting.

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#12 posted 09-22-2018 04:15 PM

That is a great piece.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 09-23-2018 02:54 PM

Great job of updating your home while maintaining its character. Beautiful piece. Nice detail.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#14 posted 09-23-2018 11:30 PM

Thanks for all the complements, much appreciated.

The piece had a lot less planning than you might expect. It was based off of a few similar pieces I’d found in various magazines of Arts & Crafts. It has three main sections and the overall dimensions were determined from the space. We needed some drawers but I didn’t really want to build nine drawers and fit them as I might never get the piece finished so we did drawers in the center and glass doors on the side. The countertop was the same as we’d been using for other countertops. Mostly it was a matter of building it piece by piece, section by section. The trick, like anything, is to just get started.

We did some other interesting pieces that I’ll try to post like a paneled foyer, window seat with storage, pantry cabinets that turned out remarkably simple to make and install, built-in dual custom file cabinet, five vanities, staircase, dual sided hanging kitchen cabinets and four fire places.

Here is the next piece to build:

This piece is at the top of the stairs in the foyer, with the stairs terminating about four feet in front of the left hand four panel set of upper and lower cabinets. The upper cabinets will be set back from the bottom cabinets with an oak countertop. The right hand four cabinets are just doors with interior storage of shelves or closet rods. The drawers at the bottom might go away in the interest of getting it built, on the other hand I have the DT65 Dovetail machine working so it’s pretty easy to make the drawer boxes. Mostly setup complications to get the dovetails to come out in the right place.

The above design was drawn by the architect who designed the house. She created the spaces, I showed her what I had in mind, and she did the drawings. She was great at getting the asthetics right. I did the shop drawings, interpreting from her drawing. The devil is in the details of course. For instance, the floor of the right hand cabinets just seems like it should be about 18” above the floor when you open the doors, which suggests drawers for the space underneath. That’s why the drawers are there. And the space above those doors for display pieces: pottery, old Stanley planes, whatever.

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