My first "real" project

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Project by Captainawesome posted 01-08-2014 05:07 PM 2145 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This corner hutch was my first real furniture style project that I completed back in mid 2012. It involved many firsts for me and was the beginning of my soon to be woodworking obsession. I had done a few trim work type projects before this, but nothing involving this much planning and accuracy.

The backs, top, bottom, and shelves are all 3/4” birch ply with the face frames and doors made of poplar. The shelves and face frames are all held in with 3/4” x 3/4” screw strips from behind or below. This was the first time I made a set of face frames, and the first time I ever even made a set of doors. I used a loose or floating mortise and tenon for the rails and styles, and 1/4” ply for the panel. I also mortised in the butt hinges, all of which were firsts for me.

I always seem to fall short on finish work, so this time I decided I would convert my entire garage into a paint booth! Overkill?? of course, but it was a very good learning experience. I used PPG’s speedline lacquer sprayed through one of the cheaper pneumatic paint guns you get from the big box store.

The piece was designed specifically for the location it is seen finished. The top is more narrow to account for the light switches on the wall. This project took me a total of about 4 months to complete, but it came out much better than expected.

I have done several other projects in the last few years, and it will take me a while to get them all posted up here. I’ll start with this one for now.

-- My Nickname is meant to be taken sarcastically... Sean, South Carolina

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 05:13 PM

Nice work! Great attention to detail. Looks great in its final resting place.

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 07:31 PM

Great job! Well thought out. Nice shadow lines!

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 01:29 AM

very nice work..I might borrow this idea for my house project

-- God is good..All the time

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#4 posted 01-09-2014 01:51 AM

Beautiful cabinet, great work on this. All your “firsts” came out great. Ain’t it fun to create such a beautiful piece of furniture?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 02:02 AM

great little corner shelf

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 03:20 AM

Beautiful cabinet.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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