Reminiscent of pricy built-ins, this project is designed to work with the rest of the Classic Storage Collection to provide not just storage around your TV, but storage throughout your home. Simple plan, fully framed, open backs, optional removeable/adjustable shelves, and moulding make this simple piece rightly named the Classic Collection.
1 Sheet of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood, cut into 15 1/2″ Strips, 8′ long
1 – 1×2
1- 1×3 (you will only need 24″)
at least 24″ of 2 1/2″ high moulding
Edge banding (for plywood uses)
A) 2 – 1×16 @ 44 1/4″ (Sides)
B) 1- 1×16 @ 24″ (Top)
C) 3 – 1×16 @ 22 1/2″ (Bottom and Shelves)
D) 4 – 1×2 @ 45″ (Side Trim)
E) 1 – 1×3 @ 21″ (Front Top Trim)
F) 1 – 1×2 @ 21″ (Back Top Trim)
Crown Moulding, 2 1/2″ overall height, 24″ Long
Cut your 3/4″ Plywood or MDF into strips 15 1/2″ wide by 8′ long. These strips become 1×16 boards. Cut your sides from 1 of the 1×16 boards. Cut the shelves and top from a second strip. You will have one strip leftover. Save it! If you build 2 of the open hutches, use the leftover scrap for the bridge.
Work on a clean level surface. You can fasten with nails or screws, depending on your tools and the use of this piece. Screws will hold better, nails are easier. My general rule is screw anything that will be “used” like chairs and benches, and nail sedentary pieces like bookcases and hutches. I will leave this up to you. If you are screwing, make sure you predrill and countersink your screws. If you are using MDF, avoid fastening within 1″ of the edge of the MDF. Do not use wood screws on MDF. Wood screws do not have a straight shaft and will split your MDF. I have had luck with drywall screws (after all, drywall is very similar to MDF). Make sure you predrill the entire distance of the screws. It’s going to screeech, so wear hearing protection. And glue, glue, glue.
My favorite option is to screw the “box” together, and then use finish nails to add the frame. That way the frame does not have blemishes, but the piece is built sturdy.
Make sure you take a square of the project after each step. Measure and mark out any joints before fastening. Be safe, have fun.