Smith Media Wall: Center Media Hutch
Free easy plans to build a media hutch from Ana-White.com. Features crown moulding and three top cubby shelves and one adjustable shelf.
1 sheet of 3/4” plywood ripped into strips 15 3/4” wide (referred to as 1x16 in this plan)
3/4 sheet of 1/4” plywood
1 - 1x3 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 10 feet long
Recommend 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and 1 1/4" finish nails
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!
1 - 1x16 @ 46 1/2” (Top)
2 - 1X16 @ 55 3/4” (Sides)
2 - 1X16 @ 14 3/4” (Dividers)
2 - 1X16 @ 41 1/2” (Shelves)
1/4” PLYWOOD 56 1/2” x 43” (Back)
1 - 1x4 @ 41 1/2” (Base support)
1 - 1x3 @ 46 1/2”
1 - 1x4 @ 40”
2 - 1x2 @ 55 3/4”
Crown moulding cut to fit. Crown must be no wider installed than 1-3/4” and no taller installed than 3”.
Start by building the main box. Note that the top overhangs the sides for the crown. We do this so the top is solid for extra storage up there as well.
I recommend drilling adjustable shelf pin holes now on the insides. Another option is to drill 3/4" pocket holes on the underside of the adjustable shelf and then just finish it as a shelf. When you install your tv, you can attach the shelf at the desired height with pocket hole screws.
You'll need something at the bottom base to keep the sides from splaying out.
Next, attach the back. Use 1 1/4" finish nails to attach to the side boards. To attach to the base board, you'll need to use nails less than 1" long or they will poke through the other side.
Next, build your face frame. Then attach face frame to front of cabinet.
Uncle Bill also ripped 1x board down and used them to trim out fronts of shelves and dividers, just to give it that finishing touch and for consistency. Painters, you could probably fill the plywood edge and sand well and paint.
I always start with the center crown, cut and fit it first, and then the sides. It's easier to trim the sides down by just cutting down on back straight sides.
When you go to attach to the console, Uncle Bill had a really smart idea to drill 3/4" pocket holes on the outsides of the hutch to attach to the console. This is because he knew he'd have the side bases to cover it up. However you go about it - you must attach all the pieces together, and then attach to a stud in the wall to keep the hutch from tipping forward.