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Replicating a 100 yr Old Hutch

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Project by RetiredRonnie posted 11-10-2021 01:23 PM 1118 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The old hutch has been in the family for at least 100 years. It was my Grandmother’s when she was a child. My mom gave it to me when my daughter was born. Well, now my daughter just had a daughter of her own so I debated whether to try and refurbish or replicate the hutch and give it to her. I chose the latter. I tried my best to re-create it, especially size. They stand approx 31 inches tall, 21 wide, and 13 deep.

My granddaughter is only a couple of months old but I think she’ll appreciate it when she’s older. I plan to put the photos, my measurements and notes page, and the history of the old hutch, and probably a qr code, or url to my YT channel where I have a video of the build, underneath the hutch in a plastic sleeve attached to the bottom side.

Thanks for checking it out and reading this far.

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horky

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#1 posted 11-10-2021 02:10 PM

Nice job, looks great. The old one has a LOT of history that I would hate to see lost. Take some time and refinish it for sure.

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#2 posted 11-10-2021 02:31 PM

sure looks like a matched pair – what kind of wood ? looks like butternut

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-10-2021 02:40 PM

Your grand daughter will love it.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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RetiredRonnie

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#4 posted 11-10-2021 02:40 PM

Thanks guys. The old hutch will of course stay in the family. I’m not sure if/when I’ll try and refurbish it. The wood used was just pine boards and poplar for the face frame and door frames. I used special walnut by minwax for the stain.

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RetiredRonnie

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#5 posted 11-10-2021 02:44 PM



Your grand daughter will love it. I hope you signed it and wrote a little note on the piece. It will matter one day.

- James Frederick

I am putting a plastic sleeve on the bottom side with photos of the old and new, my workshop notes of the measurements, a written history of the old one and a url to a video I made. All things that I wish were included in the 100 yr old one. I also wrote notes on the inside, some scripture, some encouraging. Those will probably never be seen unless they take the back off in the future. Just a little possible surprise for someone down the line!

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 11-10-2021 04:08 PM

Great job. Even if you didn’t have the background piece it would be a super build for a young one to play house with. I do fear that instead of pieces like this, not too many years in the future a proud Grandpa will be making a play microwave oven. :-)

Now you need to make some small packages, boxes, and make believe jars, so the artist of the family can paint them to look like cooking staples to occupy it. Can’t play without all the pieces.

-- Think safe, be safe

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RetiredRonnie

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#7 posted 11-10-2021 04:15 PM



Great job. Even if you didn t have the background piece it would be a super build for a young one to play house with. I do fear that instead of pieces like this, not too many years in the future a proud Grandpa will be making a play microwave oven. :-)

Now you need to make some small packages, boxes, and make believe jars, so the artist of the family can paint them to look like cooking staples to occupy it. Can t play without all the pieces.

- therealSteveN

Thanks. Great idea on the boxes, jars, etc. The microwave oven cracked me up. Along the same lines I told my wife that the video I plan on making and linking to (unlisted Youtube link) will probably be laughed at in the future. I said maybe my granddaughter or her daughter will say, “I remember studying what Youtube was in history class”.

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JCamp

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#8 posted 11-10-2021 04:59 PM

Very cool. No doubt a giant step toward being the favorite grandpa! Congratulations on the new grand baby

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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RetiredRonnie

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#9 posted 11-10-2021 06:09 PM



Very cool. No doubt a giant step toward being the favorite grandpa! Congratulations on the new grand baby

- JCamp


Thank you!

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#10 posted 11-10-2021 10:40 PM

nice job. I too want the old one saved.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 11-10-2021 10:58 PM

Neat job R’R’...

I did similar, however, from a full size to a miniature… but I had the luxury of a laser for the finer cutting details.

Welcome to LJ.

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RetiredRonnie

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#12 posted 11-11-2021 12:07 AM



nice job. I too want the old one saved.
- Peteybadboy

Thanks.


Neat job R R ...

I did similar, however, from a full size to a miniature… but I had the luxury of a laser for the finer cutting details.

Welcome to LJ.

- LittleBlackDuck

Oh, that sounds interestisng!

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jkm312

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#13 posted 11-11-2021 01:22 AM

I think it’s very special when we woodworkers get to leave a little of ourselves behind in heirloom pieces like this. Please seriously consider if it is possible to refurb the original. Grandparents sometimes have more than one grandchild. Just sayin. . . . . . . .

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#14 posted 11-11-2021 01:30 AM

Great job on the new build, it looks amazing and I am sure it will be cherished for years to come. And yes referbish the old.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#15 posted 11-11-2021 02:30 AM

Love the old one and great job on the new one! Now they are twins but born a century apart! I’m sure the new one will be loved equally as well as the old one for the next 100 years!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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