Mod Bar - Stemware Hutch

Submitted by Lady Goats on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 07:33
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Plans to build a stemware hutch inspired by Pottery Barn's modular bar collection. Build your own with free, step-by-step plans.

17 3/4"W x 15 3/4"D x 34 3/4"H


Shopping List

10 feet of 1x12 boards – for three hutches, use a single sheet of plywood cut into 11 ¾” wide strips 8 feet long. Make longest cuts first.
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
Use ¼” plywood from base to cover back.

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1x12 @ 34” (sides)
4 – 1x2 @ 11 ¾” (width of 1x12s)
4 – 2x2 @ 34”
6 – 1x3 @ 12”
2 – 1x2 @ 12”
1 – 2x2 @ 14 ¾”
1 – 1x2 @ 17 ¾”
1 – 1x12 @ 17 ¾”
1 – 1x3 @ 17 ¾”
2 – 1x2 @ 14 ¾”
1 – 1x12 @ 14 ¾”
¼” plywood @ 17 ¾” x 34 ¾” (See base plan)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

Cut your 1x2 trim to the width of your 1 x 12 boards, and nail to the sides using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 2

Attach the side trim with either pocket hole screws set for 3/4" stock and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, or by nailing 2" finish nails through the sides.

Step 3

Nail 1x3s to the sides using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails. You may have to adjust it's length, depending on the width of your 1 x 12

Step 4

Nail 1x2s to the underside of the 1x3s added in the previous step using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 5

Step 6

Using pocket holes set for 3/4" stock, build the top using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Then attach the top to the base with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails, keep the sides and back flush.

Step 7

Build your shelves as shown above with pocket holes. Then you can attach them with pocket holes from the underside, or shelf pins for adjustable shelves.

Step 8

Build the remaining stemware pieces and attach to top.

Step 9

And finally, the back.

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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guest (not verified)

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 07:45

This is really a beautiful project!! I have to ask since I'm still new ar this, how do you connect the hutch and base?

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Lady Goats

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 08:01

Hi and thanks! :-) I built a bottom shelf for this, so I just screwed through the bottom shelf into the base. I also added some 1x3 braces to the back of mine so that I could screw it into the wall (one under the stemware "slides", and one under the middle shelf).


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 09:18

I love this! And we really need to build a bar/liquor cabinet/hutch of some sort (already have two china hutches, but still have things that don't fit, how sad is that!?)

But with toddlers and teenagers and all ages in between, I don't think the open wine storage in the bottom will work :) We need something that closes and preferably something that locks..

Maybe I could put a glass door on it or something?


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 15:49

If you want the hutch, build the hutch, with or without door. If you're worried about your kids drinking, that's a conversation you should have with them that's separate from the furniture.

The lock is a non-issue with your kids and booze. I lived with an underage alcoholic who never once touched my well-stocked and unlocked cabinet. In my youth, although I was far from temperate, I never bothered taking anybody else's booze either. A teenager after something that's been forbidden will move heaven and earth to lay hands on it.


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:24

Clay - I agree wholeheartedly about teaching them about drinking, and actually I do trust my teen. She's only 12 so I guess she's not technically a teen yet, but will be soon. I just like the idea of having it behind a closed door at least so its not a temptation. I think when she has friends over, or we hire a babysitter, or whatever, I'd rather not have it sitting open for her to have to worry about someone wanting. Probably silly of me.

And a moot point because the 1 and 3 year olds would spill/break/play with it long before anyone would drink it! They spilled a whole container of margarita salt that was sitting with the wine in our current open configuration - took weeks to sweep it all up because I tried to let roomba pick it up and it got spread into a thin layer all over my living room...

SongBabe7 (not verified)

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 10:59

Add a door and put a Totlock on it. It's completely invisible from the outside, so it won't alert an unfamiliar person to the way to get it open. And it keeps the toddlers out too.

SongBabe7 (not verified)

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 11:01

Add a door and put a Totlock on it. It's completely invisible from the outside, so it won't alert an unfamiliar person to the way to get it open. And it keeps the toddlers out too.