hutch or buffet

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Project by jdh122 posted 01-01-2020 07:08 PM 1040 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a hutch or buffet I just finished. It’s made of tamarack (eastern larch, aka hackmatack). Tamarack lumber is only available from a few local small sawyers who sell it green to be used for landscaping. I decided I kind of like the look and the color and thought I’d try it out for a piece of furniture. I bought a bunch of rough 1×10s, stacked and stickered them for about a year in my garage. I’m pretty happy with how the piece turned out. Tamarack is nice to work, and when handplaned has a very smooth look and feel. I did have to pick through the stack very carefully at the sawmill to get clear boards, and even then had a pretty high waste ratio (the non-visible pieces like the five shelves have a good number of knots).

The project took me over three months, it uses about a dozen different type of joints, with the bottom half being especially complicated.I’ve never made cope-and-stick windows before and don’t have a dedicated router set, so this took a lot of trial and error at the router table with multiple bits and a purpose-built sled for the coping.

It’s finished with tung oil on the outside and shellac on the inside (tung oil is too smelly for the inside of carcasses, in my experience). The back of the top is tongue-and-groove held within a frame (I cheated and bought pine tongue and groove boards, in part because I’d run out of tamarack and didn’t want to wait another year for new boards to season, and in part because I knew I was going to paint it).

I turned the pulls (out of tamarack) on my spring-pole lathe.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 01-02-2020 03:21 AM

Well, now, that came out pretty nice! I’ve never worked with tamarack. Looks like you had a lot of fun learning some techniques. Well done!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 01-02-2020 03:32 AM

I like that a lot. Nice work on it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-02-2020 04:18 AM

Jeremy. Tamarack was my favorite wood to cut for firewood. I never thought of using it for a project. Your hutch is really wonderful. My compliments on your dovetailed drawers, very finessed!

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#4 posted 01-02-2020 11:19 AM

Thanks for the comments.
Steven: Yeah, the window moldings almost did me in. I spent almost an entire week of evening micro-adjusting the router bit height and projection from the jig before I got it dialed in, and almost ran through all my scraps in testing.

Thanks, Swirt. It’s loosely based on a Fine Woodworking article, but I changed the dimensions.

Bob: My handcut dovetails are improving, but I wish I could get them better right off the saw rather than spending so much time paring…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 01-02-2020 02:28 PM

Beautiful work. I really like the detail that you put into it.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 01-02-2020 07:30 PM

Very Very nice! Beautiful piece of furniture

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#7 posted 01-03-2020 04:32 AM

now that came out beautiful,i think your the first tamarack user ive seen though,not familiar with it.gorgeous wood.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 01-03-2020 01:32 PM

Nice work. Very well put together. It’s fun seeing different kinds of wood, kinds I normally do not see used in projects.

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