Ronald Layport was granted visitation rights, of a sort, by the client who bought his open hutch. It was a labor of love. The piece is based on cupboards built between 1730 and 1840 and uses joinery common to the period, such as pinned mortise-and-tenon, frame-and-panel, and dovetailed solid-board construction. Layport cut tenons on the tablesaw and hand-chopped all 96 mortises with a chisel (he suggests that others use a router). He explains how he arrived at the design, how to build and detail the lower and carcases. Detailed project plans accompany the article, along with a list of material dimensions. There’s also information on molding profiles.

From Fine Woodworking #89