Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Buffet Hutch - Part eight - Making the hutch

This is a continuation of the posts:

Buffet Hutch - Part one - Drawing up the plans
Part two - Same style different finish
Part three - The buffet face frame
Part four - The buffet sides and web frames
Part five - Drawers 
Part six - Doors and wood movement
Part seven -  Designing the Hutch

There will be two sides of solid pine that will need dovetail grooves to hold the shelves, a rabbet at the top to hold the top and a rabbet down the back edge to sit the back pieces in.  The dovetail grooves are first run through with a straight bit in order to remove some of the material and make the dovetail bit have an easier time cutting through.

Side piece:
(the cutout piece you can see above in the right corner will hold a horizontal piece for the back to sit against)

This shows the shelf sliding in from the back and also the rabbet along the back edge:

The face frame for the hutch:

An important note.  My face frame clips over the sides, as I've explained earlier in the buffet post.  So it doesn't just butt up to the side edges, it goes over them. This means the shelves and top piece have to sit back 3/8" from the side edges so that they will butt up to the face frame.

Here's a closeup view of the side sitting in the style:

A view from the back of the shelves and top in place:
 (You can also see that they sit up against the face frame)

Almost finished, just the back and top moldings to do...

Continue on to: 


  1. You mentioned "dovetail grooves". I could not tell from the pics. Are you using a dovetail bit to create a stronger "rabbet" joint?

  2. Hi Rory- instead of the groove that the shelf sits in being straight sided, it is done with a dovetail bit. Then the ends of the shelves are made into a dovetail to fit into the groove. I think you can see it in the second photo, if not please post back and I will try and put a close up photo.

  3. just to add... in part seven of this series you can see the sketch that shows the dovetails

  4. That's great construction Julie. Not many craftspeople doing it that way. While it does take an extra effort I can see where construction like that would make it last years and years. One of my big concerns with new furniture is that the stuff you buy never lasts and it usually ends up in a landfillin a short period of time. But if a piece of furniture is made to last a generation or more without needing to be replaced you have just created something a whole lot greener for the environment. Nice job Julie.

  5. Thanks so much Rory. I believe in making things to last, the proper way. I checked out your blog, you have a great start there, welcome to the crazy world of blogging!


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