The base for the Grant collection. Features three drawers and two doors, decorative footer, and is useable without the hutches.
Finally, today, I got to go out to the garage and make some sawdust. And I'm so excited to share with you my next project . . . but the paint is still drying. So in the meantime, I thought I would take on what I do believe is the longest standing plan request . . .
and then of course, someone who wants the whole piece to have at it . . . piece by piece.
This is an advanced plan, so please don't tackle this project as your first project. It's not so much that you can't build this, it's more a problem of precision. The larger a project is and the more pieces that work together, the more precise you have to be. For example, let's say your base is just slightly off square, and your secretary hutch a tad crooked in the opposite direction. . . when you go to put the two not perfect pieces together, you are going to have noticeable problems. So be cautious about tackling a big project with lots of pieces until you are confident in your ability to build with precision.
2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF @ 4×8 Sheets
1 – 1×4 @ 4 feet long
1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 4×4 Sheet
2 – 3/4″ Wide Moulding @ 8 feet long
2″ Screws (Drywall for MDF) or 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4″ Finish Nails
3 – Sets of 18″ Drawer Slides
2 – Sets of Hinges
2 – 1×20 @ 24″ (Divider Sides)
2 – 1×20 @ 14″ (Drawer Box)
1 – 1×20 @ 46 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf)
1 – 1×20 @ 48″ (Top)
2 – 1×20 @ 29″ (Sides)
1 – 1×4 @ 46 1/2″
1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 48″ x 29″ (Back)
Moulding, Door and Drawer cuts are located within the instructions as you should build to fit.
You should cut your moulding to fit perfectly. What I do is start by getting the center piece (the one with both ends mitered at 45 degrees) right, then doing the sides to fit perfectly to the center. Sometimes I make a half dozen cuts before I’m satisfied with the fit. Check out my Mom’s Bed to see moulding in action and more details on choosing moulding.
There are many ways that you can build doors. Because you will have some scrap 3/4″ plywood leftover, why not use it up on this project? Measure the door opening and cut a piece of the 1×20 3/4″ stock to fit the door opening, leaving approximately 1/8″ to 1/16″ gap around the door (you may need to adjust depending on the type of hinges that you use. When you are satisfied with the fit, cut 1/4″ plywood into 2 1/2″ wide strips (you’ll have some leftover from the back) and glue and clamp to the face of the door, making sure that the corners are securely clamped (TIP: Don’t clamp so tight that all the glue seeps out and you have nothing to glue the wood together with!). You will need to build two doors.
From the 3/4″ plywood strips cut at 7 1/4″, build the drawers. The bottoms of the drawers should be cut from leftover 1×20 stock from building the box, and will be inset to the sides (as in you will nail or screw through the sides into the drawer bottom). The above drawer is designed to work with standard drawer slides, but you should always measure the drawer box before constructing your drawer to be certain that you are leaving 1/2″ on either side of the drawer for drawer slide clearance (standard drawer slides require 1/2″ clearance on each side of the drawer). Also, I like NOT attach the face until the drawer is fully installed, so I can attach the face floating in the drawer box, with an equal gap around all sides.