Schoolhouse Desk Hutch

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 11:01
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I know none of us Momma's (and Dad's) want to even start thinking about Back-to-School stuff quite yet ... but it IS right around the corner.

Give me a sec to take a deep breath ....

Thank you so much for all the positive comments and feedback on the Schoolhouse Desks Plans - you are lovely!  

As promised, here's a matching hutch plan if that makes sense for your space.

Can't wait to see brag posts!

XO Ana

Sized to fit a desktop measuring 48" wide by at least 16" deep.


Shopping List

2 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1/4" thick plywood or corkboard @ 46 1/2" x 31" (try wainscotting paneling too!)
1 1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" self tapping wood screws (for use with countersink bit)
1 1/4" and 1" finish nails
wood glue
wood filler

Cut List

1 - 1x10 @ 46 1/2" (top)
2 - 1x10 @ 30 1/4" (sides)
1 - 1x10 @ 45" (bottom shelf)
2 - 1x10 @ 8 1/2" (shelves)
1 - 1x2 @ 45"
1 - 1x4 @ 45"
2 - 1x2 @ 9 1/4" (side trim - cut to fit!!!)
1 - 1x2 @ 48" (front trim)
1 - 1/4" thick plywood or corkboard @ 46 1/2" x 31"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Attach sides to top

Step 2

Attach shelf to sides

Step 3

Attach dividers to top and shelf

Step 4

Attach back supports to sides and shelf

Step 5

Step 6

Attach front trim to front

Step 7

Attach back with finish nails and glue - adjust finish nail size per thickness of back.

Step 8

Secure hutch to desk with brackets - also recommend attaching hutch securely to wall to prevent forward tipping.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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