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Project by Andy Rockhill posted 03-29-2007 04:42 PM 1945 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my first creations for something other than my workshop. After spending time building a workbench and a router table, my wife twisted my arm to make something for some other room.

This hutch is from a plan I found on We loved the size, shape and simple lines. It is made from quarter-sawn oak and quarter-sawn oak veneered plywood.

The plan called false front drawers and side-mounted drawer-slides, but I wanted to take the opportunity to practice my hand-cut dovetail skills. Also, I didn’t want to use side-mounted drawer slides if I would spend so much time on the dovetails, so I did away with the false fronts and made the drawers full-width and used bottom mounted drawer slides. Boy are those bottom mounted drawer slides nice! They even worked great for the wide bottom drawer (only one was needed).

The piece was finished with a General Finishes Pecan gel stain and 3 coats of polyurethane and rubbed out to a high gloss finish.

The piece has mistakes all over it, and it taught me how important it is to pay close attention to grain (note the sloping grain on one of the drawer fronts). I also put a picture of a randomly selected dovetail (I have no idea whether it is the best or worst one, it was just the drawer I happened to pull out). Not perfect, but it was fun.

-- Andy from Waukesha, WI -- A student of life

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#1 posted 03-29-2007 04:52 PM

this is stunning. I’d love to have it adorn my dining room!!
Your wife must be thrilled!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 03-29-2007 05:26 PM

The hutch looks great. I like the handles that go with it. As far as having mistakes all over it, I would say that you’re probably going to be the only that notices those. I can’t see any mistake from what I see.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 05:45 PM

Beautiful cabinet!
Did you use veneer tape on the plywood edges, or wood strips ? The edges look so nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 03-29-2007 05:51 PM

I know what you mean by “paying attention to grain pattern” Hit that on a few of my projects. Think that I would learn by now. In any case, your hutch looks great. Great move on making the drawers working drawers. How did you do your dovetails? They look great. Also, I am making a router table and considering using the bottom sliders for the small drawers. Sounds like they worked for you.

-- Russell W. Hupp

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Andy Rockhill

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#5 posted 03-29-2007 06:03 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. This is really fun…

I used wood strips on the edges. It was a little tricky to get them all lined up glued in place at once.

By the way. I have been looking for an inexpensive clamp that would work for gluing up edge molding. I seem to recall seeing some pinch clamps (by Jorgenson, I think) that have a metal spring band, such that when the clamp comes together, the band springs outward which could put pressure on the edge molding when the clamp is mounted straight on. However, I’ve not been able to find these for sale anywhere.

I’ve seen other edge molding clamps (for instance, cam clamps) but these are on the order of $50 a pop. Therefore, getting enough of them to do even a small job can quickly become prohibitively expensive.

-- Andy from Waukesha, WI -- A student of life

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#6 posted 03-29-2007 06:09 PM

What a honey of a piece Andy. Beautiful work. Terrific grain and the size of the piece is just great. Perfect. Wonderful job. Looking forward to seeing more stuff. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 03-29-2007 07:12 PM

Very nice Mission Arts & Crafts hutch. My kinda wood, love quarter sawn oak!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 03-29-2007 09:04 PM

Looks good from my house! Despite the “learning opportunities” I’ll bet your glad you chose to do those upgrades to the drawer. Would be a shame to hide those dovetails – nice spacing.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 03-29-2007 10:57 PM

Very nice Hutch. Thanks for sharing

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-30-2007 01:52 AM

Nice I forget that I do like Oak…having seen so much cheap stuff. Yours is real nice!

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