Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Buffet Hutch - Part seven - Designing 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



Now it's time to look at the hutch design. I wanted a more solid look, which will include a face frame around the hutch as well as cove molding on the top.




The original inspiration photo had a hutch like this:


 As you can see, this one has sides that are cut in a curvy pattern without a front face frame and no top other than a backing edge. This is a common country style used for many years.  Mine is a little more substantial and more work. Of course, it is what look you prefer.

So, the hutch will be like a box with three sides and have a face frame and molding applied on to it.  Breaking it down we have two side pieces, a top and two shelves for the first component.  I have decided to use sliding dovetails as the way to attach the shelves to the sides.  This is strong and "hooks" the shelves in like a puzzle piece, as well there are no nail or screw heads showing on the sides.

Here's a sketch of the hutch without the face frame, including a closeup view of the dovetails:

Continuing with more in a few days...
Continue on to:  Part eight - Making the hutch

4 comments:

  1. I'm sure your hutch will be beautiful based on your inspiration photos! Can't wait to see the finished piece! And your collies are too cute!

    Kat :)

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  2. Thanks Kat... that is the finished painted hutch above, in the first photo and you can also see the whole finished project in Part one here: http://followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/01/buffet-hutch-part-one-drawing-up-plans.html and the stained version in Part two here: http://followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/01/buffet-hutch-part-two-same-style.html

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  3. The hutch is looking great. Wood movement is a killer. I like the way you built your panel I might have to try that someday, can't wait to see the finished hutch.

    --Grover
    groverwoodworks.blogspot.com

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