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Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

April 20, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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The FINAL PIECE. The center hutch. The creme de la creme!

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

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Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece
Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece
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Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

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About Project

Author Notes: 

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: 
Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

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

3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
table saw
nailer
sander
staple gun
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

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.

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

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

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

Step 2

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

Now add the shelf and dividers.

Step 3

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

And the back support.

Step 4

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

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

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

I would actually add this piece even before assembling the whole thing. Especially if you plan to use Kreg jig and screws. So much easier!

Step 6

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

Then add the back.

Step 7

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

And cut crown, metering corners as shown above.

Step 8

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

Cutting layout .....

Step 9

Rebecca Media Center- Center Hutch Piece

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.

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Can you tell me a rough

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

posted by Ashley S (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-04-23 14:39
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Hi Ashley, Rebecca's budget

Hi Ashley, Rebecca's budget was around $300 for solid wood!

posted by Ana White | on Mon, 2012-04-23 14:58

I love Rebecca's Media center

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!

posted by Patricia Diaz (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-04-30 12:10

Center Piece Base Unit?

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!

posted by Lisa Simon Zubek (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-07-30 13:54
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Center piece base unit link

Hi Lisa,

This is the link to the center piece:

http://ana-white.com/2012/04/plans/rebecca-media-center-console-piece

The top, bottom, and side pieces of the media center each have their own plans. If you do a search on "rebecca" it will bring you up the plans for all the pieces. You are going to love this site - Ana's plans are fabulous!

posted by JoanneS | on Mon, 2012-07-30 17:06

Thanks so much, Joanne! I'm

Thanks so much, Joanne! I'm so happy I found this site. Ana is totally inspiring!

posted by Lisa Simon Zubek (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-08-03 13:32

Absolutely love this

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?

posted by Brittney Garrett (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-08-18 12:00
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This budget was for the

This budget was for the entire project! Awesome right?

posted by redhead_61 | on Fri, 2012-10-19 13:53

Budget

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.

posted by David Heitzman (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-31 16:42

Beginner

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?

posted by Melanie S. (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-08-24 17:18
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Totally doable

I actually did not even use my own table saw. Home Depot or Lowe's will cut your wood for you. This is the main reason that I do a cut list in Sketchup so that I can visualize the best way for them to cut it, then I can make sure to watch that they are getting it right and can show them too.

This is a big project, but the only thing that is remotely harder is cutting the molding on top, which you could leave off.

posted by redhead_61 | on Fri, 2012-10-19 13:56

55" TV?

Hi, we love this plan and we have a 55" TV but we measured the TV itself and I'm not sure it would fit in the space provided. Is there any information on how to expand the center piece to accommodate an extra 2-3 inches? Thank you!

posted by MrsANS | on Wed, 2013-04-17 09:53

hi! this is amazing, I was

hi! this is amazing, I was wondering if we were to put some holes for the wires, where would be a good place to put them (how many inches from base of the back board for the tv), and how big the circumference of the hole should be. Thanks!

posted by Tanya (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-09-22 10:28
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Holes

I actually just did my holes. I did one right in the middle of the middle unit about an inch above the base 1x3. You could also put one right in the middle of the back seeing as your tv will hide it anyway. I also drilled one hole in each of the top sections in the hutch part. Really it is all how you want to set up your unit. I think I drilled a 1.5" hole. It just needs to be big enough for the power cord to fit through. Good luck

posted by redhead_61 | on Fri, 2012-10-19 14:00
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Size of hole for cable and power connections

Tanya -
I measured my screen's connectors, and the biggest one is about 2 inches by 1-1/4 inches (at the BIG end - it has a much smaller connector at the other end). The entire cable bundle after all the things are hooked up is less than 1 1/2 inches diameter.

The "best place" would depend on where you are going to have the DVD players, computer, or whatever is the source of the images.

If I were building this, I would have the DVD player and/or computer in one of the bottom cabinets under the screen (with good ventilation), with a power strip, and run the wires up through the top of the shelf for the TV, not through the back.

Then the power strip would have a hole through the lower back to get to an outlet.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh | on Sat, 2012-09-22 14:38

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