China Hutch

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Project by Corrigithian posted 01-18-2011 05:04 AM 7369 views 91 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was originally designed to be two separate pieces. The base was designed as a buffet that could be used as a serving area, while the top was designed to be mounted separately as a wall cabinet. The two were to flow together and complement each other using the open space between them as a design element. However, relatively the same effect could be achieved if the two were combined and attached as one piece. So, I altered the design to include the paneled center section which ties the two pieces together making it one free standing piece. This also makes it easier to move, in case the client ever needed to move it.
I designed the piece mainly around the swooping shape that encompasses the wine cubbies, and then drops down to the bottom of the drawer fronts. This shape had been playing around in my head since I used it as a design feature in the top of a tool cabinet I made. Usually the “swoop” faces up in the center of a piece, not down. But it worked very well in that piece, so I thought I would use it again on a larger scale.
I also wanted to make a piece designed around the wood’s grain patterns.

Dimensions 7’H x 6’W x and about 18”-22” D

I took a lot of time lining up, matching, and working with the grain in this piece. Most everything had to be drawn out on the boards beforehand, and labeled clearly all the way through production. I used plain sliced cherry for everything except for the door styles. For those I used quarter sawn cherry in order to give the piece a cleaner look. I wanted any figured grain in this piece to run only horizontally. I didn’t want the grain to run all over the place making the piece look too busy.
All the door panels came out of the same flitch so that the grain pattern is consistent across the piece. In all the other panels, (sides and midsection), the grain in the panel is centered and book matched. The same goes for the back of each upper cabinet.

For each set of doors, I ran the door rails all the way across the set, making the inner style, (the one with the handle) of each door, a sort of vertical rail instead of a style. This was done as to not break up the grain run between each set of doors.

I made the drawer fronts and the top rails of the base doors, out of the same board. I wanted everything to feel like it ran together. This was another reason why I ran the top rail, of each set of doors, all the way through. I also did this for the bottom base rails and the base board as well as the hutch doors.

The drawers are made out of solid maple with rabbeted cherry dowel joints.

On the four outside doors, the far left and far right of the base and upper hutch, I incorporated a small step in the door rails. As a whole this design detail helps to draw the eye back into the piece as opposed to following the door line straight off the piece completely.

The handles were designed to help compliment the piece without creating a distraction. I made them with a very simple and low profile design. However, I didn’t want them to blend into the piece like a swamp, so I stained them darker to help accent them a little. When I mounted them to the doors and drawer fronts, I decided to follow the shapes of the door and drawer fronts instead of mounting them straight across on an even plane.

The wine rack is one of the most unique design elements of the piece. The two center cubby dividers (left and right sides) line up directly centered under the outer sets of doors. The swooping design runs parallel with the swoop across the base unit.

I have six lights mounted in the piece. Since the large cavity, for lack of a better word, across the center was designed to be a functional space, I wanted it to be illuminated adequately. The lights here also help to draw attention to the book matched grain panels in the back. The other three display lights are in the top cabinets, one in each. All six of the lights are recessed.

This piece uses several different types of joinery methods including mortise and tenon, miters, and dowels to name a few.

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 05:21 AM

Wow. Just. Wow.

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 05:22 AM

Your attention to detail is second to none! What a work of art! Thanks for posting.


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#3 posted 01-18-2011 05:24 AM

Gorgeous design and execution. You have a signature piece here.

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 05:30 AM

Very impressive piece. Beautifully done. Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 05:33 AM

I am so speechless !!!!

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 05:43 AM


Absolutely STUNNING piece of Work!! The follow through on the Upper Curvature, to the Doors and Drawers below Really Captivate The Eye!

I had a look at your Web Site also ..VERY NICE INDEED. More proof that “Elegance. Really is Simplicity.”

ALSO: Thak You for the extensive, detailed and meaningfull Description!! It seems to be a “Missing Commodity” around here lately.

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 05:45 AM

all the above 1,000 times just awesome

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 06:06 AM

Very impressive design.
Your work here inspires me.
Hands down the best project here in along time!
Thanks for giving us a look.
Keep up the perfect woodwork, Corrigithian.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 06:10 AM

Absolutely gorgeous. How long did that take to make?

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 06:32 AM

Very different from the usual..I like it

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 06:36 AM

Nice looking Hutch!

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 06:57 AM

Nice work! Really like the lines and wood choices. Those doors must have been hard to get lined up evenly.

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 07:00 AM

Those curved drawer’s lines looks unreal!

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 07:09 AM

Looks more as Arts & Craftsman furniture to me, really beautiful.

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#15 posted 01-18-2011 08:42 AM

So beautiful, just had to click on it’s picture from the projects list
Gorgeous curves

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