The Desk Hutch

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This week I finally managed to finish a desk hutch for Rach that I had been working on for a while. It’s all solid cherry, and after the surfacing it’s all hand-tool work. More than 70 hand cut dovetails. Wedged tenons with walnut wedges hold the top to of the carcass to the sides, the step drawers are all dovetail joinery. No plywood or hardboard, everything in it from the back to the drawer bottoms is solid cherry. I found these cool card catalog label holder pulls, but we haven’t dropped in the labels yet.

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I wanted to throw a little Asian influence in here, hence the the step drawers and the overhang of the top of the center case. The center shelf has a dedicated space for the paper correspondence box I made earlier.

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Here is the process:

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Drawing, including the desk I eventually will build down below it.

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Wood milled.

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Drawers laid out.

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Cut, fit, channeled, and chamferred.

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Glued!

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On the case, the dovetails came in proud.

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So I took them down with the block plane.

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Case coming together.

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Adding the dividers.

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Wedged tenons.

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The drawers for the center case are bookmatched figured cherry with proud finger joints.

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Thanks for looking!

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~ by Josh on March 12, 2013.

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