Oak Hutch

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 03-13-2020 09:45 PM 1097 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my work. Woodworking has provided me a method of giving back. Here’s the story behind this piece…

I don’t really do commissions these days, but this one is different. During my troubled teen and college years, there was one refuge I could count on through it all. A place with a patient and wise father. A home with a mama bear who fiercely protected her young. Though not her child by birth, I slowly became one of her cubs. My kids now refer to this place as “Papa Rick’s and Grandma Sue’s house.”

Around my senior year of high school, Rick and Sue saddled up the kids for their annual family church camp. To my surprise, they invited me. They treated me and referred to me as one of their own. I loved and respected that family so much. To this day I’m not sure they realize how much that meant to a kid like me. Even now, I can barely speak of that memory without my eyes welling up.

All that to say, when Mama Sue wanted an oak hutch, Mama Sue got an oak hutch. It’s as imperfect as the freckled hands that made it, but it’s a solid piece of furniture. I hope they enjoy it in their retirement years.
Rick and Sue, “I thank my God, every time I remember you.” -Phil 1:13

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 03-13-2020 10:06 PM

What imperfections? I see none, and the only imperfections in your hands might be their large size ;-P
I still remember fondly the day you and your family graciously invited us into your home. Please say hello to them for me, and may all of you have a blessed day.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#2 posted 03-13-2020 10:15 PM

Freckles, you done good.

Having folks like that your life makes all the difference in the world.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 03-13-2020 10:35 PM

Good job Red! It’s neat how you’ve stayed in touch with the family.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 03-13-2020 11:22 PM

Nice job and great story.

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#5 posted 03-14-2020 12:04 AM

Although I’m not particular to oak, you outdid yourself on grain match and color. You should be very proud of that piece.
I had a similar family experience Red. Although they have both passed, their son is now my oldest friend. I still think of them often.
God bless you Red.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#6 posted 03-14-2020 12:50 AM

Nice dovetails, Red. I bet that thing weighs a ton!

That’s the kind of project that will still be around in a century, somewhere down the family tree.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#7 posted 03-14-2020 05:22 AM

I was told not imperfections, finger prints!
While I have a dislike for stain you have too love how it makes the wood come to life.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 03-14-2020 08:21 AM

Awesome. Congrats on Top 3.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-14-2020 12:45 PM

Your reason is as beautiful as your work.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#10 posted 03-14-2020 02:18 PM

Oak is a PITA when dealing with finishes and the loud grain. Usually people like me try to tone it down to hide it, you embraced it (and succeeded!)

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#11 posted 03-14-2020 04:06 PM

That is really nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 03-14-2020 04:55 PM

Fantastic BRK!

You’re a skillful, good dude. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- ~Tony

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#13 posted 03-15-2020 12:55 AM

Projects for loved ones always bring back many memories and emotions. I’m sure building your hutch was much the same and I’m certain Sue and Rick will cherish it forever.

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#14 posted 03-15-2020 01:47 AM

A beautiful hutch for mama bear. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 03-16-2020 09:48 PM

Thanks for the kind words folks.

I confess, when she specified plainsawn red oak, I cringed. Then I decided if it has to be that crazy coarse-grained stuff, I’m gonna rock it. Wild book-matched panels and all. That’s what I tried to do. Of course the drawer front selection and such were very intentional.

Onto the next one.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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