Hutch with Doors for the Cubby Media Wall Collection
A cute storage piece that hides everything . . . even a TV! Works with the Cubby Storage Collection to tidy up not just children's rooms, but any room of the home.
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1 - Sheet of 3/4" MDF
1/4 Sheet of 1/4" Plywood, paneling, hardboard or MDF (back and door rails and stiles)
1/4 Sheet of 1/2" Plywood, paneling, hardboard or MDF (doors)
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long
Please review the instructions for building the Open Cubby Hutch, because these plans are essentially the same.
If you are building this plan, you most likely have scraps leftover from building the open cubby base and the drawer. I recommend using your scraps if possible to maximize savings. Therefore, I will not be posting a plywood cutting layout. I recommend getting some Graph Paper before begining to build any of these pieces and draw up a cutting layout for all the pieces you are building. My trick is to group boards of the same width (for example, 14″ or 21″) and place these boards in progression. Then have Home Depot rip your plywood into that width. This will also help you get your squarest possible cuts.
Work on a clean level surface. Make sure your boards are cut square. Use 2″ nails or screws and glue, unless otherwise directed. Always countersink and predrill your screws. Measure and mark out where boards will join prior to fastening. If using MDF, use drywall screws or finish nails, avoiding fastening within 1″ of the edges of the MDF. Square your project after each step. Remember to have fun and be safe!
Cutting List for ONE Hutch
A) 2 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 25 1/2″ x 14″ (Sides)
B) 1 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 27 1/2″ x 14″ (Bottom)
C) 1 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 27 1/2″ x 13″ (Shelf)
D) 1 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 29″ x 14 1/2″ (Top)
E) 1- 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 29″ x 26 1/4″ (Back)
F) 1 – 1×2 @ 27 1/2″ (Top Trim)
Cutting List for TWO Doors (to fit on 1 Hutch from above)
G) 2 – 1/2″ MDF or Plywood @ 23 3/4″ x 13 1/2″ (Back of Doors)
H) 4 – 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 13 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (Door Rails)
I) 4 – 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 18 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (Door Stiles)
Build the Box. As I often say, build the box. It seems whenever we build a storage piece, it is essentially a “box” that is trimmed out. This one is no different. Simply fasten the sides to the bottom and the shelf, using the measurements above to guide you. Keep back edges flush.
Top. Fasten the top to the hutch, keeping back edges flush. The front will overhang 1/2″.
Back. Use 1 1/4″ nails or screws and glue to fasten the back in place as shown above. Make sure you fasten to the center shelf, top, sides and bottom.
Top Trim. Add the top trim as shown above. Use the 1 1/4″ fasteners to secrure the top trim ot the top of the hutch. Then use the 2″ fasteners to fasten the sides to the end edges of the top trim.
Test. Test your door back to make sure they will fit evenly in the opening in the hutch. There should be approximately an 1/8″ gap around each door.
Rails and Back. Glue and fasten using 5/8″ staples or nails the rails to the the back of the doors, as shown above. Make sure edges are flush.
Stiles. Glue and fasten your stiles in place, as directed in step 2. Lay the door flat to dry, and clamp or stack heavy objects on top of the door. You want to make sure your doors dry flat.