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Thursday
Feb052009

Aromatic Red Cedar and Poplar Hutch/Wet Bar

 

The owners gave us a challenge in this piece. They wanted something made to fit a space but look like it was found in pieces in their barn and put together.

Aromatic red cedar, cut on the owner’s farm was used for the substantial base of this piece. We used our hand tools on this one. Full mortise and tenon joinery,  along with hand cut pegs with offset holes are the only thing holding it together. That’s all it needs.

The upper section, also of red cedar is entirely hand scrub planed including its tongue & groove back.

The top is a full 2-1/2” thick, made of reclaimed heart poplar floor joists and we decided to take advantage of the rat eaten edge. It has a true breadboard end with full through, pegged tenons. Naturally, it’s scrub planed too. Although we ran the crown on our molder, it too has been hit with hand planes to give an old feel. The hammered copper sink fits in a carved recess for proper drainage. Its plumbing is hidden behind more hand run tongue & groove. The slat deck is fastened with hand cut nails.

Finished with spar varnish this piece of furniture will out last us all.