Drop Down Hutch Desk

Submitted by danicarby on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 12:05

I designed this desk and created a building plan using Google Sketchup. It has 2 file drawers, 2 smaller drawers, 2 large adjustable shelves and a pullout shelf in the bottom, 4 small adjustable shelves on the top and a large space for a computer monitor. The large door drops open for a large work space. When you're done, put the door up and you have a beautiful piece of furniture!

I consider myself an advanced-beginner when it comes to building. I have just enough knowledge to get me by. If you have time, patience and the right tools you can build this too! It took me 10 days to build, working as much as my kids would allow.

It took me countless hours to perfect the building plan - probably just as much work to design it as it was to build it :)

I really scrounged around to build this desk. I used a large beam my friend cut up into 2x2's for the main posts/legs, pine furring strips for the side boards and around the top for moulding (lots of scraps I already had), 3/4" plywood for the inside dividers/panels & desktop, 1/2" plywood for the drawer boxes, drop-down door & top, 1/4" plywood for drawer bottoms & backing-board. I used 3/4" pine boards for the drawer faces and small doors on the bottom. I used drawer slides from an old dresser I found by our dumpster and vintage knobs I bought online. The other black hardware (hinges, pull handle, and clasps for door) I bought from a big box store and is categorized as gate hardware.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine Mostly
Finish Used
I did one coat of Mixwax Whitewash Pickling on the main desk frame and doors. Be careful because it dries fast and you need to do sections and wipe off every minute (especially on plywood). I did Minwax Jacobean Stain on the shelves, drawer boxes and inside parts of the top/back panels. I used Minwax Polycrylic* for all visible surfaces. I sanded with 220 in between all layers.

*After using the desk for a year I wish I would have used a more durable/lasting clearcoat. The Minwax Polycrylic stained very easily (my kids love drawing on things with Crayola markers & pens) and was hard to wipe off and make it look clean. Invest in a nice clearcoat.. you won't regret it (try Ceramithane)!
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Wed, 08/28/2013 - 15:33

Beautiful and unique build. Just a shame you are in a sense advertising it to sell on a site that offers plans free.


Sat, 08/31/2013 - 08:22

Your attention to detail is amazing! I see that every little detail matters to you, right down to the stain selection for the interior. This is a beautiful design. I only wish I had a place to use it so I could make it!

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