Large Bridge Hutch for the Cubby Media Wall

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 00:09
Difficulty
Intermediate
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One of the greatest things about DIY is you can get exactly what you need and want. Not only are you free to build a big storage entainment center (special thanks to Shanty2Chic for sharing their photos)and paint it a bold shade of leapfrog, but you are also free to build a bridge to give your TV that custom built in look. Not to mention claiming a little extra storage and solving a common design problem - how to decorate over the TV.

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Dimensions
52" Wide x 13 1/2" high x 14 1/2" deep (fits over the Wide Cubby Media Base)

Preparation

Shopping List

1 sheet of 3/4" plywood
1 sheet of 1/4" plywood (back)

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

A) 4 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 14″ x 12” (Sides, Cubby Dividers)
B) 1 - 3/4″ Plywood @ 14 1/2″ x 52” (Top)
C) 1 - 3/4″ Plywood @ 14″ x 52″ (Bottom)
D) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 13 1/2″ x 52” (Back)
E) 2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Top, Cubby Trim)
F) 1 – 1×2 @ 23″ (Top Center Trim)

Cutting Instructions

Cut all pieces out from the plywood. Make every effort to make long straight cuts whenever possible. Be aware of the difference your saw blade width makes when cutting.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

This bridge must be attached to a stud in the wall for security purposes.

Fasten with 2″ fasteners (scews or nails) unless otherwise directed. Review the fastening instructions in the plans for all of the Cameron Collection. Always use glue. Cut all of your boards first. Work on a clean level surface. Be safe and have fun!

Instructions

Step 1

Sides, Top and Bottom. Fasten the top (B, Purple) and bottom (C, Blue) to the sides (A, Green) and cubby dividers (A, Green) as shown above. Use the measurements above to guide you. Keep the back edges flush. The top will overhang the front by 1/2″.

Step 2

Sides, Top and Bottom. Fasten the top (B, Purple) and bottom (C, Blue) to the sides (A, Green) and cubby dividers (A, Green) as shown above. Use the measurements above to guide you. Keep the back edges flush. The top will overhang the front by 1/2″.

Step 3

Trim. First attach the cubby top trim, pieces E, to the tops of the cubbies, keeping edges flush with the sides and the cubby divider. The top will overhang 1/2″. Then attach the center trim F, with 1 1/4″ nails, nailing into the underside of the top. Also add a few nails to the cubby top trim, nailing through the face of E into the underside of the top.

Comments

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:56

Monica, it's all in the wood species. Pottery Barn does a ton of MDF, which just isn't the same as hardwood. For durability, go with hardwood plywood, and paint on layers and layers of thinner paint, so a scratch only scratches one layer. The other good news about DIY? Just keep a little extra touch up paint handy :)

Laura (not verified)

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 14:23

LOVE this:) we are going to add "sliding doors" of sorts to cover the tv when not in use since it will be in kind of a multi purpose room. It's officially a den but its open to the kitchen. This will fit perfectly! Its a big room but rectangular in shape so this will take advantage of a LONG room thats not so wide. Thanks soo much for the inspiration! ps. I told hubby if he builds it he can put as big a tv as he wants in it LOL

Kristen Arland (not verified)

Sun, 06/19/2011 - 19:16

I'm trying to figure out the best way to connect the bridge to the side hutches. I'm not sure if there are brackets I should use on the backs or them, or if I should somehow screw them together. Any one have any input?

Thanks!

Hyun (not verified)

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 21:41

I'm planning the bridge as my phase 2 of my bookshelf system and I'm wondering what the best way to secure the bridge would be. Totally a beginner at building things and am eager to hear your advice. Your site is truely inspirational! I have been inspired!

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