Mod Bar - Stemware Hutch

Submitted by Lady Goats on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 07:33
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About Project

Plans to build a stemware hutch inspired by Pottery Barn's modular bar collection. Build your own with free, step-by-step plans.

17 3/4"W x 15 3/4"D x 34 3/4"H


Shopping List

10 feet of 1x12 boards – for three hutches, use a single sheet of plywood cut into 11 ¾” wide strips 8 feet long. Make longest cuts first.
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
Use ¼” plywood from base to cover back.

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

2 – 1x12 @ 34” (sides)
4 – 1x2 @ 11 ¾” (width of 1x12s)
4 – 2x2 @ 34”
6 – 1x3 @ 12”
2 – 1x2 @ 12”
1 – 2x2 @ 14 ¾”
1 – 1x2 @ 17 ¾”
1 – 1x12 @ 17 ¾”
1 – 1x3 @ 17 ¾”
2 – 1x2 @ 14 ¾”
1 – 1x12 @ 14 ¾”
¼” plywood @ 17 ¾” x 34 ¾” (See base plan)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Table 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

Cut your 1x2 trim to the width of your 1 x 12 boards, and nail to the sides using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 2

Attach the side trim with either pocket hole screws set for 3/4" stock and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, or by nailing 2" finish nails through the sides.

Step 3

Nail 1x3s to the sides using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails. You may have to adjust it's length, depending on the width of your 1 x 12

Step 4

Nail 1x2s to the underside of the 1x3s added in the previous step using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 5

Step 6

Using pocket holes set for 3/4" stock, build the top using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Then attach the top to the base with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails, keep the sides and back flush.

Step 7

Build your shelves as shown above with pocket holes. Then you can attach them with pocket holes from the underside, or shelf pins for adjustable shelves.

Step 8

Build the remaining stemware pieces and attach to top.

Step 9

And finally, the back.

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.