The secretary piece to the Grant Collection. Features six small drawers and a large shelf. Secretary top folds down for a desk.
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!
Insert the two drawer pieces into the hutch and measure and cut your shelf to fit the difference. Should be 22″. You can either make the shelf fixed or drill holes and insert shelf pins according to the instruction on the shelf pin package (shelf pins can vary in size and installation methods). You can also add additional shelves if you like (for example, one shelf for the laptop, one for the keyboard and mouse storage).
Flip Down Desk
Attach the flip down desk to the desk interior with hinges as shown above. You can use any standard low profile hinge here. Also recommended is hinge supports to keep the desktop open at just the right angle. Install magnetic clasps to keep the hinged top closed when closed on the insides of the sides.
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.
Tue, 04/12/2011 - 09:06
how much weight will flip down desk support?
I love the flip down desk. I'm actually thinking of putting it in my kitchen, and using it as a baker's rack. What I'm wondering is if I put my kitchenaid mixer on it, will it break? and if so, is there a way to make it support more weight? Thanks.
Nesting (not verified)
Mon, 05/30/2011 - 10:46
To support the flip-down shelf
Some flip-down hutches come with a drawer or even just 2-3 support beams that pull out under the flip-down door/work area to support the surface. You could easily build the base up about 2" and make slots for some pull-out support beams. This would allow it to take more weight, like your stand mixer.
David Britton,… (not verified)
Tue, 06/28/2011 - 15:42
better support on hinged front on grand hutch.
It might help if you put sliding hindges on the end of the table that come down in front. Put them on the ends and fasten them to the side of the flop down and to the main hutch.
Guest (not verified)
Wed, 09/07/2011 - 19:35
rough estimate for cost and time...
could you give me a rough estimate for the cost and the time for this project? trying to figure out if it is worth attempting. thanks.
Rhoni T (not verified)
Wed, 09/28/2011 - 15:06
missing a plan
how is the plan for the hutch part of this plan listed? I have found the base and secetary plans.