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  • Next Projects: Twin Kitchen Hutches

    by bricofleur     Saturday, April 11, 2009
    In July 2005 American Woodworker magazine issue #115, I saw an article on building this attractive hutch (left). I spontaniously fell in love with it and read the complete article. This hutch was very nice but was far too big for my dinning room. The...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #3

    by bricofleur     Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    My project, building two kitchen hutches for my dinning room, is coming along well. As you can see on this picture, a dry assembly has been done, screw holes have been predrilled and all joints have been checked. I've started to post every steps and...
  • Making a Router Pattern Guide

    by bricofleur     Sunday, May 17, 2009
    When building the base of my twin hutches I had to cut four identical decorative cutouts. Since I had four identical cuts to make, it was worthed to build a pattern guide to ease the operation and make it quick and accurate. Using such pattern guide with...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #4 - Two mistakes, one after the other

    by bricofleur     Saturday, May 30, 2009
    Two mistakes, one after the other. When I cut the shelves for the base cabinets of the hutches, I omitted the sub-top shelf on which the top shelf will be screwed on. Since I didn’t have enough material, I had to make a supplementary glue-up with...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #72

    by bricofleur     Sunday, April 4, 2010
    To make the rabbets on which the glasses of the upper doors will rest on, I’ll be using this rabbeting bit. The bearing will follow the lower shoulder of the groove while the cutters will cut the upper shoulder to form the rabbets. Standard bits...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #20

    by bricofleur     Sunday, August 16, 2009
    I have two options to make the beadboard panels that will fill the inside of the lower cupboard doors : The router outfitted with an appropriate bit or the tablesaw with a molding head cutter. For the first test with the router, this is the router bit...
  • Miter Saw Acute Angle Jig

    by bricofleur     Friday, May 14, 2010
    I’ve been thinking about making this jig for years. Since nice weather has arrived I have to make a picket fence. All slats will end to a sharp point, meaning I have to cut them at an acute angle. I used to do that on the tablesaw but each time...
  • Router Table Angled Dado Jig

    by bricofleur     Thursday, May 21, 2009
    Milling angled dadoes, angled sliding dovetails and angled rabbets have always been a challenge. I use these joints when building ladder bookcases, louvers, railings and several decorative elements. This sled is perfect to mill 90° dovetailed dadoes...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #2

    by bricofleur     Monday, April 20, 2009
    The twins are coming along well. The four sides of both base cupboards have been dadoed, rabbeted and sanded. The cut-outs have been roughly cut with the jigsaw. Since I was making four identical cut-outs, I made a template and used the router with a...
  • Upgraded Mitersaw Station - Times 3 - Times 16

    by bricofleur     Thursday, May 7, 2009
    This is how I have upgraded my mitersaw station. Made out of 3/4"-thick MDF, this 16 drawers 8'-long X 18"-deep X 8"-high nest raise up the station at a confortable height for my 6' tall person, providing at the same time plenty...
  • Deck Privacy Screens

    by bricofleur     Tuesday, June 2, 2009
    I just completed this last project, mobile privacy screens. Made out of pressure treated wood, they are 53’’-long and 43’’-high. I wanted them to be stable yet light, reason why I built-up the end posts using 2X6 to sandwich the...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #5

    by bricofleur     Sunday, June 7, 2009
    After my last mistakes have been managed, I was able to go on building the base cupboards of the twin kitchen hutches. It is very satisfying to realize that any mistake can be solved after few moments or few days thinking about a solution. The most important...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #6

    by bricofleur     Sunday, June 14, 2009
    The base cabinets laying face side down on the workbench, I’m able to start closing the back enclosures. We can see the rabbets in which the back panels will sit in. Being face down, I take the inside measurement of each base cabinet, here 24-1...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #7

    by bricofleur     Friday, June 19, 2009
    Before proceeding to build and install the face frames, I want to simulate several years of heavy uses on the shelves. Since I’m working at the face level, I take all the necessary precautions. Fortunately I shaved my face this morning! To simulate...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #8

    by bricofleur     Sunday, June 28, 2009
    To cut my 8’-long boards for the face frame I use my crosscut jig because it would be dangerous to proceed at the tablesaw. The portable circular saw is held against the guide bar to cut quickly and precisely. The stiles are temporarely installed...