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NOV/DEC 2004
Volume 47/Issue 6

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Poor Man's Hall Butler
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The Poor Man's Hall Butler

Have you ever noticed how jackets, coats, scarves, hats, mittens and other “outerwear” always manage to find their ways into unsightly piles on top of every piece of furniture near your home's entryway? If this sounds like your house, Bunky...if you can't see the furniture for the clothing...perhaps you need Jeeves, here...The Poor Man's Hall Butler! And although he won't smile at you, vocally call you by your name, bid you a fond “adieu” or welcome you home...he will help you keep your “stuff” in order and dress-up that barren wall next to the front door.

The Poor Man's Hall Butler can easily be altered from the “Traditional” design shown in our another of your choosing. Here are just two ideas: For a more “Contemporary” look...

  • Eliminate the Mirror cut-out and use a rectangular mirror of the same approximate proportions, positioned vertically on the back...or use a tall, very slender (8" to 10" wide) mirror. For an even more contemporary look, use a chrome frame around your mirror.
  • Replace the Shaker Pegs with chrome coat hangers.
  • Eliminate the top shelf.
  • Paint the Butler instead of staining it.

For a “Mission” look...

  • Build your Butler using quarter-sawn oak.
  • Change to a vertical, rectangular mirror with beveled edges...or to a framed stained-glass piece.
  • Alter the shape of the Shelf Brackets.
  • Create your own square, “mission-style” wooden coat pegs

So, MAKE IT YOURS!...just a few simple changes can often make a big difference!!

So.....let's get started:

1. Start by cutting the Panels (G, H, J) and Shelf (M) from a single sheet of 3/4" plywood.

TIP: We used a carbide-tipped saw blade for this job, since a fine-toothed plywood blade could easily heat up and possibly wobble and burn when making such a long cut in thick stock.

CAUTION: It's always best to enlist the assistance of a helper when cutting large sheets of stock. If a helper is not available, use extreme caution and support both halves of your stock with auxiliary support devices such as Roller Stands and/or outboard Support Tables.