Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 15:09
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The FINAL PIECE. The center hutch. The creme de la creme!

All this past week I've been at SNAP! meeting with so many amazing crafty ladies. It is so inspiring and exciting to hear - and see pictures of - projects being made everywhere by moms just like me.

 Awesome awesome! 

But a few ladies confessed that they have yet to build a project. 

I know how hard it is to use a saw for the first time. Or to even figure out how the drill works. For sure, these things can be scary. I understand. 

But I did not respond with encouraging words, tips on overcoming power tool fear, or really say anything at all. No you-can-do-it's or just-go-for-it's. 

Instead, I showed this post, built by Rebecca, Mom of 2, expecting a third in a couple of months.

Nothing I could say could be more inspiring than knowing a mom, just like you and me, pregnant with little children at home, made this amazing entertainment center.  

Rebecca, you inspire us all!

From Rebecca:



Here is the final piece to make it all worth it. The center hutch is the same width as the base so it creates this really nice dimensional structure to look at. It fills up the wall and is such a nice height that it looks really complete. Everyone that has come over says, "Wow, you built that? Like from scratch? It's beautiful!" It warms my heart. Isn't that why we do this? Oh and how about it cost me a 1/5th of the price to buy anything CLOSE!

This space is big enough to hold up to approx. a 55" tv! 

PS A blog I secretly stalk just posted this beautiful recap of the SNAP! Conference. It really was that beautiful!

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

1- sheet 3/4" plywood
1- sheet 1/4" plywood
3- 8ft 1x2's
1- 8ft 1x3
1- 8ft 1x4
83" of molding for top

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

3/4" Plywood
2 @ 11 3/4" x 46 3/4"
1 @ 11 3/4" x 57 1/2"
1 @ 11 3/4" x 52 1/2"
1 @ 11 3/4" x 10 3/4"
1x2's
2 @ 43 1/2"
1 @ 51"
1 @ 57 1/2"
1x3's
1@ 52 1/2"
1x4's
1 @ 54"
Moulding
1 @ 57 1/2" (cut on miter, make your own measurements before cutting)
2 @ 11 3/4" (cut on miter, make your own measurements before cutting)

Cutting Instructions

See cutting layouts at end of post.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Staple Gun
Level
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!

Instructions

Step 1

Attach top to sides. You can use your pocket hole jig or screws countersunk here.

Step 2

Now add the shelf and dividers.

Step 3

And the back support.

Step 4

Attach face frame pieces to box as shown here. If you have a pocket hole jig, build first, the attach .... Also see Rebecca's note next.

Step 5

Step 6

Then add the back.

Step 7

And cut crown, metering corners as shown above.

Step 8

Cutting layout .....

Step 9

Cutting layout ....

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.

Comments

Ashley S (not verified)

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:39

Can you tell me a rough estimate of how much this cost for all the materials?

Patricia Diaz (not verified)

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 10:10

Very nice! proof I needed to show my [talented] hubby he can do this... he'd rather just buy one but I think this is much better than the quality out there!

Lisa Simon Zubek (not verified)

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 11:54

I'm new to this site and the Rebecca's Media Center plans caught my eye as a project for my hubby. Am I missing something in reading the plans? I don't see information on building the center base of the unit. We don't have enough wall space for the two side units and the base would fit just perfectly for our space.

Thank you!

Brittney Garrett (not verified)

Sat, 08/18/2012 - 10:00

Absolutely love this entertainment hutch, i understand the plans are put up separately but was the $300 wood estimate for the TV portion only or for building the entire hutch with all pieces included?

David Heitzman (not verified)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:42

What kind of wood did you use? I may be missing something but adding up all the wood for all the parts, I come up with 4 sheets each of 3/4 and 1/4 ply, 128 linear feet 1x2's, 56 lf 1x3's, and 16 lf 1x4's. That alone, without moulding or fasteners or accessories, comes out to about $500 at Home Depot or Lowes.

Melanie S. (not verified)

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 15:18

Hi! I found Ms. White's site on Pinterest, and there are so many things I want to build now! I desperately need a new entertainment center, and I think this one is just what the doctor ordered.

I'm a complete beginner when it comes to carpentry... Would you ladies rate this as something a beginner could manage? Also, I don't have a table saw, but I have a circular saw. I know that it's probably less than ideal for efficiency, but would it be possible to build this project (in reference to the entire project, not just this part), without a table saw?