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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.
 

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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.
I have a question I need a little help with.
The plans call for dovetail draws but I don't want to buy a jig at this time and I'm certainly not skilled or tooled enough to do them by hand. I can however do a box joint. Do you think a box joint will hold together permanently or will I be remaking these draws in the near future?
And another question is when I joined two boards together to make one wide board for each side panel, I used biscuits. Is there a standard rule about how far apart biscuits should be and how far from the edge they should start/end.
Thanks in advance.
 

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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.
Ok so I'll go with finger joints for the draws and maybe buy a dovetail jig latter on.
Another question though is this. the plans call for three raised panel doors. I have no router table but I do have a router. is it possible to make them with a freehand router? Norm used the radial arm saw and a panel bit in the saw to make his door.
CaptainSkully we initially thought we were going to do a stone top but we have decided to go with a wood top. We're going to paint the base and stain the wood top for a kind of country effect.
I did some cutting boards for Xmas and got a feel for different woods and so I am looking forward to going to pick wood for the top.
 

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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.
just finished putting the face frame on. it's assembled with half lap joints. first time doing them for me.
 

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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.
I got happy and brought my wife in to show her the progress and it didn't take her two seconds to find the errors. Turns out I made a mistake because I got to confident. The plans have all four stiles on the face frame going all the way down to the floor. When I made the frame I didn't refer to the plans, I just went ahead and made it. I ended them at the bottom of the bottom shelf. By the time the mistake was caught it had already dried. I had to cut small pieces and attach them to the existing work. The two in the center have braces which attach to the bottom shelf and the end two are glued to the side panels. I should have been more careful though.
How do I make a raised panel door without a router table?
 

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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.
So, my wife has been working on painting the unit and I have to say she's doing a fine job. She's been painting it a creamy white with a distressed look. The distressed look helpes to cover up the imperfections that I created. We went to HD to buy some hinges and handles for the unit. !This week I cut the door sides and tonight I cut the raised pannels using using the process posted by Dave ( Thanks Dave)
Here is a door before any sanding. First raised panel for me ,first door for me.
 

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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.
Just came in from working on the top. It's mahogany quarter sawn 5/4 thick. This is nice wood.
I had to join two pieces and I was concerned about the glue joint showing but it came out nice.
I would like to finish this with a low gloss finish almost matt finish. What do I use? How many coats and do I sand between coats?

 

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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.



Yesterday I got the top on and the doors mounted. I am happy about how the top compliments the whole piece. I also like that the bottom is distressed and the top is not. I like the contrast. The distressed look helped also helped disguised and incorporate a few issues.
I still have to finish up a top/side rail to stop things from rolling off and the draw fronts. The rails will probably be about 3 1/2 high solid and positioned by dowels.
 

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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.
I just remembered that I haden't posted the finished photo
Well we just got the draw fronts on last week and the knobs also.
This was fun and fairly easy to do. I do recomend this for a beginner.
The photo's not the best but the top really brings the piece out. We get compliments on it every time someone comes into the house. Even though I made the doors raised pannel my wife and I decided to put them on backwards because that is the style of the cabinets in the kitchen. We asked our guests which way they liked them before we mounted and it was half one way and half the other way.
 
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