Shaker style hutch
Built for my son Alden and his wife Katie for Christmas 08, it was designed to fit a specific space in their house. Not literally Shaker but uses several Shaker design elements. Made of milk-painted (Lexington Green) poplar with counter and knobs of dyed tiger maple. Below the nine drawers the front stiles taper like Shaker table legs. The semi-circle cutouts on the sides echo various Shaker benchs, and the drawers are flush front with mushroom cap Shaker knobs. I started with commercially available knobs but replaced them with my own. A good decision, I think. The cornice was made using a wonderful method from Michael Dunbar’s pie safe article, FWW #182, Jan/Feb 2006.
Lots of dovetails, store-bought knobs later discarded
Home-made knobs, less clunky
Cornice technique, thank you Michael Dunbar
Back underside of small upper drawer