This step by step diy woodworking project is about office desk hutch plans. If you want to learn more about building a hutch for the secretary desk, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many designs and plans to choose form when building a desk hutch, so make sure you take a look over the rest of the woodworking projects.
Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the desk hutch to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.
If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.
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Office Desk Hutch Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 11″x43 1/2 long, 1 piece – 11″x46 1/2 long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 40 3/4″x46 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 46 1/2″ long BACK
- C – 3 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 10 3/4″x46 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 9 5/8″x10 3/4″ long SHELVES
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 12 1/4″x50 1/2″ long TOP
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 11 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 49 1/2″ long TRIMS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 9 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 12 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 9 3/8″x14 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 8 3/4″x12 1/2″ long 3xDRAWERS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
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Building a desk hutch
First of all, we recommend you to build the frame of the desk hutch. Cut the 3/4″ plywood components at the right size and lock them together with 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal component and secure it to the side components, after making sure the corners are right-angled. In addition, drill pocket holes through the top of the side components.
Cut the back of the desk hutch at the right dimensions out of 3/4″ plywood and fit it into place, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes along the plywood piece and insert the screws into the framing. Make sure the edges are flush with the frame and leave no gaps between the components.
Place a piece of 1×2 lumber to the top of the frame, in order to add rigidity to the structure. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure it to the sides with 1 1/4″ screws.
Cut a piece of plywood at the dimensions described in the diagram and place it to the top of the hutch. Center the top components to the frame and insert 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joint in order to create rigid joints.
Fit 1×2 trims to the top of the hutch, as to enhance the appearance of the hutch. Cut the ends of the components that make the joints at 45 degrees and align them with great care, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Leave no gaps between the components and use finishing nails to secure the trims into place.
Build the shelves out of 3/4″ plywood and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the shelves into place, check if the corners are right-angled and secure them to the side components with 1 1/4″ screws.
Fit the partitions to the bottom of the hutch, as described in the image. Make sure the corners are right-angled and check if the shelf is horizontal, by using a spirit level.
Building the drawers for the hutch is a straight-forward process, but you need to take accurate measurements and to use quality materials. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Drill pocket holes along the edges of the bottom and secure it to the drawer with screws.
Fit the drawers into the opening and lock them to the sides with appropriate slides. Make sure there is a 1/8″ gap around the drawers, otherwise you won’t be able to open and close them easily.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues. If you want to secure the armoire to a wall, we recommend you to drill pilot holes through the back and to secure it to a studs with several 2 1/2″ screws.
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