Woodworker's Journal 101-Projects-for-Woodworkers, страница 62




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Hutch Table

The constant struggle for survival through the early years of English settlement in the New World left little time for construction of anything other than the most rudimentary pieces of furniture. A table, chair, several stools, and a variety of chests and cupboards were, for the most part, all these early settlers had. Within a generation with the influx of skilled craftsmen, houses evolved from simple one-room dwellings to structures of more imposing design and dimensions. As living space increased, so did the need for more furniture.

Of necessity the early dining table consisted of simply hewn planks laid across trestles that were stored against a wall when not needed. The tilt top table then followed, and it was only logical to construct the base so that it served also as a scat The next step was to construct a box seal with a lid so that a storage area was added. Thus, the table became a seat and a hutch as well. Earl\ usage of the word "hutch" referred to chests or boxes for storage. These tables were marvelous examples of multi-use furniture.

We arc no longer so pressed for living space, and upholstered chairs are much more comfortable lo sit in, bul the hutch table remains a charming and useful accessory for the home with early colonial furnishings. It's also perfect for the small apartment.

Eastern white pine is the proper wood to use for this project, and knotty stock is the best, as long as the knots are light Stan construction with the legs, which are cul to shape from '«" stock. Edge glue two boards with '■-" dowels to achievc the required width I ;»> out and cut two % x 2%" tenons on each Next, shape the feet from solid or glucd-up stock, and scribe mortises dirccth from the leg tenons Cut the mortises I X" deep.

Assemble the legs and feet temporarily, and tack a bracc across them while you lay out the front and back panel dovetails. Cut dovetails on the front and back panels and scribe the shape to ihe legs. Disassemble the legs and feet and cut dovetail notches in the legs. Shape scrolls on the lower edges of the front and back panels and fit

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