Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DIY Kitchen Hutch - by Joe

My Christmas Present
(just kidding)

Our son, who was married last year, has just finished his first semester in Wood Tech at WITC. He had to choose a project, design, and execute it.  After he got his grade on the hutch, he moved it to their apartment.

I am not easily impressed by new furniture, because so much of it is poorly made with cheap materials. This hutch is an exception. Made of oak and beautifully crafted (if I do say so myself), it is a piece of furniture that Joe and Courtney's children will consider a prized family heirloom. And the drawers are even dove-tailed!! Love that!

We went to see it yesterday, and I had to keep running my hands over the smooth finish. Anyway, to spare you any more bragging by a very impressed mom, I'll move on to something else...


We're taking our daughter and SIL halfway to Green Bay today, where we're meeting Gus's family so that they can spend the next days with them. We had fun putting up the tree, baking Christmas cookies, and just spending time with them.

Spritz Cookies
Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free

Note about the cookies: I typically bake with Real Wisconsin butter, so they did not taste the same. BUT, when they were baking, our kitchen smelled just like our local bakery - which means that they must use palm oil shortening instead of butter. Personally, I don't mind the gluten-free variety, but if I were making them for me, they would contain butter. There is no substitute. But they did provide a good alternative for our daughter and our son-in-law who have those particular food allergies.


I'm hoping to get some knitting done on the little road trip today. It should keep my mind off the snow storm that is coming to Wisconsin today.

I hope you all have a busy, enjoyable, and productive day!

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Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Bravo to Joe! Nothing beats quality craftsmanship, and when that craftsman is a loved one, all the better!

Unknown said...

That's a GORGEOUS hutch Judy - Oh boy my head is just reeling with the things I would get him to make me if he were my son ( he'd have no time to actually WORK )
The cookies sound good - but I'm with you on the buttah!

Terri D said...

That is a beautiful piece of furniture, and it will be an heirloom for sure. My grandpa was a carpenter and made beautiful furniture. We all have at least one piece that he made. My sister has the hutch he made, and it is a prized possession. Brag away!!

Safe travels with your precious 'cargo'. Hope the storm holds off until you are safely back home!

Carla from The River said...

Love the Say "Hello to Joe and Merry Christmas" to him too. :)

Denise said...

Your son did an awesome job. Those cookies look yummy.

Judy S. said...

What a wonderful piece of craftmanship! No wonder you are impressed. Safe travels, my friend. I know how snowy WI can get! And isn't Living W/O a great magazine? Oh, and happy knitting!

Debra Hawkins said...

This completely beautiful! My brother's both took woodshop in highschool and they had to make projects for their future wives. They made them hopechests. They are beautiful and sturdy and their wives are so thrilled with them. My parents didn't love storing them until they go married though. :)

Heide at ApronHistory said...

That hutch is beautiful! Very reminicent of antique Hoover cabinets.

We just bought a new spritz cookie maker, after struggling with out old aluminum one for years. I am going to have to make sure both sisters see the recipe.

Suzan said...

YOu have every right to brag about the hutch that Joe made! He did a wonderful job.
I completely agree with you about the quality furniture is made today and the materials. A lovely dining room set is made of cardboard. An expensive set at that. That's why I went to raw oak wood and bought my furniture and refinished it myself. I want the real stuff!
Hurrah for Joe!! He has learned a lost art!

MadSnapper said...

the hutch is really beautiful and he is talented. i am betting he got an A on that class.

Robin said...

Beautiful!! Joe did a fantastic job.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

What a beautiful hutch!! I would be so proud to!! I better get some of that Wisconsin butter!!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

It's absolutely beautiful! Joe is a gifted woodworker! You're right, it is an heirloom that will be passed down for a long time. I hope you made it back home before the snowstorm hit. We're supposed to get our first snow here tonight.

Paulette said...

Absolutely stunning hutch that your son made, he is a true artisan.

Chatty Crone said...

You have every right in the world to bran on your son - that is one gorgeous piece of furniture. And those cookies look great - I am going to make a copy of it for my cookbook.

tlcukjourney said...

All mom's are allowed to brag on their kids! It's a lovely piece of furniture none the less!
And I hope you saved me some cookies!

laurie said...

Love the cookies, hope you don't get hit too bad with the storm...stay warm!

Eileen H said...

Your son is very talented that's a beautiful piece of furniture. I like oak, we have just had oak kitchen units fitted.
The cookies look lovely.
Do enjoy your trip with your family.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

He did a beautiful job! We are all snowed in here in my neck of the woods and I love it!

Diane said...

Wow! I know I'm impressed. The hutch is nice too. Just kidding. Both the cookies and hutch are gorgeous! Bet the hutch is heavy!

Angie Vik said...

Gorgeous hutch. Definitely butter.


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