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First attempt at a hutch

First attempt at a hutch


I started this thread with questions in the forum section but I'll finish in here since I am posting the progress.
I thought I started this blog already but couldn't find it so I'm starting this one.
I bought the New Yankee workshop plans for #111 hutch. Having never built a piece of furniture I thought it was going to be hard. So far it's is coming along fairly easily. I go back to the video when I have questions and they are usually answered in there.
Tonight I assembled the frame. I quickly realized that this building units this large is not fun in a one car garage. I bought the house with the existing bench in there and only made changes to the height. This piece of furniture is helping me understand exactly what I do and do not need in this garage. After it's done I will work on organizing the garage for my needs.
Here's a photo of the work so far.

I used screws to pull it together. In the video Norm use nailes and a hammer from the inside. When I tried to use a nail gun on a test piece I was not able to get the gun into the tight corners . Since the piece will be painted I used screws to hold it together till the glue dires. I don't have clamps long enough for this.
Very nice! You can't tell this is your first project. Didn't you guys decide to build the base and get a fancy top made for it?

I no longer use biscuits. They actually caused me more alignment problems. Titebond II is stronger than the wood. Norm even talks about this in later episodes after spending years biscuiting table tops. I edge glued my 38" x 60" dining room table and was able to pick it up the next day with no problem. I've even tried to break the glue joint on the scap offcuts and it's not happening.

As far as the drawers go, finger/box joints are plenty strong. We're all obsessed with dovetails for some reason, but Stickley only used them once. Even non-woodworkers always look at the drawers. I used lock joints on the dresser I made.
 

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First attempt at a hutch

First attempt at a hutch


I started this thread with questions in the forum section but I'll finish in here since I am posting the progress.
I thought I started this blog already but couldn't find it so I'm starting this one.
I bought the New Yankee workshop plans for #111 hutch. Having never built a piece of furniture I thought it was going to be hard. So far it's is coming along fairly easily. I go back to the video when I have questions and they are usually answered in there.
Tonight I assembled the frame. I quickly realized that this building units this large is not fun in a one car garage. I bought the house with the existing bench in there and only made changes to the height. This piece of furniture is helping me understand exactly what I do and do not need in this garage. After it's done I will work on organizing the garage for my needs.
Here's a photo of the work so far.

I used screws to pull it together. In the video Norm use nailes and a hammer from the inside. When I tried to use a nail gun on a test piece I was not able to get the gun into the tight corners . Since the piece will be painted I used screws to hold it together till the glue dires. I don't have clamps long enough for this.
Ah, cool. Have you thought about making a cutting board top?
 
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