A large hutch featuring three large overhead doors for the Basic Collection.
Inspired by Pottery Barn Printer Collection
And of course, we are going to have to start working on more plans in this collection - so you can use this plan as a hutch in your dining room or even a hutch over your desk in your office.
The most important thing to remember when building modular components is to make sure all the pieces are square. Because when you go to line six different units up, if they all aren't perfectly square, they are not going to line up! So start by making sure your work surface is perfectly level. Keep your work surface very clean, too. Even the slightest amount of sawdust can end up making big differences in your projects. Then make sure the boards you are working with are straight. Finally, as you build, check for square after each step. You can do this be measuring diagonally, from opposite corners of the project. Measure in both directions. Then make sure those measurements match - if the don't, adjust by pushing the two corners that have a greater measurement together.
Make sure you measure your tv - like the Pottery Barn Printer hutch, there is only 28 1/2" of clearance for a flat panel. For a larger tv, you should either leave off the top drawers on just stick with the bases and side hutches.
And because we have a new print feature that is just amazing, we are going to work with blog posts again. Let me know how the print feature works for you. Try saving as a word document - then you can customize the plan to save you ink!
2 – 10′ 1×12 Pine or Whitewood Boards (Pottery Barn Printer Collection is built with Particle board and pine boards)
2 – 8′ 1×3 Pine or Whitewood Boards (Look for furring strips in good condition to save tons)
1 – 8′ 1×2 Pine or Whitewood Board
64″ of 3/4″ Edging or Nosing or Beading (to trim out the top face of the hutch)
1 – sheet of 1/4″ sanded plywood (for the back)
1 – 6′ 1×10 or pine select 1/2 x 10 for thinner doors (for the doors)
3 sets of self closing surface mount overlay hinges
3 – pulls, handles or knobs
3/4″ brad nails
1 1/4″ finish nails
2″ finish nails
Pocket hole screws or 2″ finish nails for building the box
2 – 1×12 Boards @ 39″ (Box Sides)
1 – 1×12 Board @ 64″ (Box Top)
1 – 1×12 Board @ 62 1/2″ (Shelf)
2 – 1×12 Boards @ 9 3/4″ (Cubby Dividers)
2 – 1×3 Boards @ 62 1/2″ (Back Frame)
1 – 1×3 Board @ 23 1/2″ (Back Frame Support)
2 – 1×2 @ 20 1/4″ (Side Cubby Top Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 20 1/2″ (Center Cubby Top Trim)
1 – 3/4″ Edge Trim @ 64 (Top Trim)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 64″ x 39 3/4″ (Back)
3 – 1/2 x 10 Boards @ 20 3/4″ (Door Faces) (Can also use a 1×10 board, 3/4″ thick instead of 1/2″ thick)
Build the Box
As you know, my preferred method to build boxes is pocket hole screws. I just find I am able to build a square project on the very first try, and the pocket hole screws are much easier to start, then say lining up and countersinking screws from the outside. I use a Kreg Jig™. You could also use glue and a finish nailer, being that this is a hutch, and no one will be sitting or climbing on it. It’s up to you. If you do use a finish nailer, use 2″ finish nails and wood glue.
The back plywood will reinforce everything, so make sure you nail to all of the shelves and back frames. Nail to anything that you can to reinforce all joints. Just make sure when you nail into the back frame that you are using brad nails less than 1″ long, or you will go through the board. Use glue. Also, make sure your project is square before applying the plywood back.