4 – 1x12s, 8 feet long
3 – 1x2s, 8 feet long
1/4″ Plywood, 1 sheet
1×4 30″ long
2″ finish Nails
1 1/4″ finish nails (for nailing the back on)
Wood filler and finishing supplies, including 120 grit sandpaper and paint and primer
Because of all the boards and the face framing and the back and the low use of this piece, you can use a nailer and 2″ nails to fasten. You can also use 2″ screws countersunk with glue or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Measure and mark out all joints with a square before assembly.
Now mark out the location of the mail sorts on the shelves. And then fasten the mail sorts to the shelves as shown above.
This hutch works with our Braden Collection and features four large cubbies, a mail sort shelf, and two large shelves.
Mark the joints for the sides on both the inside and outside (so you know where to line boards up and also where to start your fasteners). Apply glue and fasten the sides to the shelves as shown in the diagram.
Now attach the top to the sides and center cubby divider.
Screw the bottom support in place as shown in the diagram.
Then tack the back on with glue and 1 1/4″ nails. Especially if you put everything together with your nailer, make sure you also fasten into shelves.
Nail the top trim on with glue and 2″ finish nails. Keep top flush and outsides overhang by 1/4″ on each end.
The side trim will also overhang the side by 1/4″. Use finish nails and glue to secure in place.
Finally, add the shelf trim as shown above. Keep tops flush. I also like to put a nail or predrilled screw through the edge of the side trim into the ends of the shelf trim, just to keep the joint nice and tight.
One of the most important parts of building big projects – especially big projects where multiples are lined up – is building square. Measure diagonally and check to see if the measurements match. If not, from opposite corners of the longer measurement, push the two opposing corners together until the measurement matches.
I was so excited to see one of my favorite collections in a pretty blue, I just had to go and design the final piece to the collection.
You can see why I'm excited to revisit this collection. We'll be doing the center hutch, with the extra storage and mail sort today.
From another one of our amazing readers in white. There's also yellow! You will just have to visit the entire Braden Entryway collection here for all the plans.