Secretary from the Modular Office Collection

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 22:46
Difficulty
Intermediate
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This simple beautiful secretary closes up to conceal your office workstation. Paint it a fun color for added pizazz and to make bill paying and mail sorting more glamorous. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

This plan is for the secretary hutch, and does not include the base unit.  You can find the base unit plans <a href="http://dev.ana-white.com/acquia-drupal-1.2.33/2010/02/plans-modular-off…">here.</a>

Dimensions
With Base Unit 56" tall x 41" wide x 17" Deep (closed)

Preparation

Shopping List

3 – Sets of Euro Style Hinges, Inset Mount, for Frameless Cabinets, 95 degree opening angle (can be more) 

1 – Set of Support Hinges
1 – Sheet of MDF or A1 Plywood cut into 1×16 strips 
2 – 1×2 
4′ of 1×10 board 
2″ Nails
Label Holders and Handles or Pulls 
2″ Nails or Screws 
1 1/4″ Nails 
Wood Glue 
Wood Filler 
Sand Paper 
Finishing Supplies
Cut List

2 – 1×16 @ 38 1/2″ (Shelves) 

1 – 1×16 @ 40″ (Top) 
2 – 1×16 @ 28 3/4″ (Sides) 
1 – 1×16 @ 11 1/4″ (Divider for Top Shelves) 
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 40″ x 29 1/2″ (Back) 
1 – 1×2 @ 38 1/2″ (Fold down top stopper)
2 – 1×2 @ 18 7/8″ (Top Inside Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Top Side Trim) 
1 – 1×2 @ 41 1/2″ (Top Face Trim)

Doors 

1 – 1×16 @ 38 1/4 (measure to fit. leave 1/8′ gap around all sides) 
2 – 1×10 @ 18 5/8 (measure to fit, leave 1/8″ gap around all sides
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

This plan is for the hutch and does not include the base unit.

Step 2

Build the Box. Begin by fastening the top divider to the top shelf, as shown above. Then fasten the shelves to the sides. And then fasten the top in place. Use glue and 2″ nails or screws.

Step 3

Back. Take a square of the project and fasten the back in place using 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Make sure you fasten to the center divider and top shelf, too.

Step 4

Flip Down Door Stop. Using the 1 1/4″ nails and glue, fasten the flip down door stop as shown above. Leave 3/4″ clearance from the front of the cabinet. Also fasten from the sides into the ends of the flip down door stop.

Step 5

Step 6

Side Trim. Using the 1 1/4″ nails and glue, fasten the side trim to the top, as shown above. Make sure you nail into both the top and the sides to reinforce the joints.

Step 7

Front Trim. As shown above, fasten the front trim in place with the 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Fasten to the top, divider, and the top trim pieces.

Step 8

Hinges. Fasten the flip down door with the inset euro style hinges, meant for frameless cabinets. Adjust the hinges until the flip down fits best. Then add the support hinges. Choose support hinges that have a total expansion less than 20″ but greater than 10″. Adjust the support hinges so that the flip down sits at a 90 degree angle to the cabinet. You can alternately use a continuous hinge, also called a piano hinge, 30″ in length, on the bottom edge. You will still need the support hinges. The pin edge in the continuous hinge will be visible when the door is closed.

Step 9

Top Doors. Wouldn’t this make more sense than those doors of Pottery Barn’s? Unless you like balancing on a chair that swivels and has wheels to get to your top drawer, I say the cabinet doors are smarter. Fasten the remaining 2 sets of euro style hinges to the doors. Adjust so the door faces fit centered in the openings. You could also leave the doors off and add baskets for a very functional top.

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Comments

CrankyKitty (not verified)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 08:30

We want to use this idea and translate it into a built in bar. We just tore out a very sloppily designed bar in a niche in our mid century style house. We have so little storage in the house (and the rooms are too narrow to really use much storage furniture) that we want to turn that niche into a bar with a pull down table, lighted glass cabinet for our glassware on top, and with a cabinet that has pull out shelves for our booze on the bottom (we'd buy the pull out shelves as a kit).

Has anyone done anything similar to this? If so can you share your photos and any advice?

wimsy (not verified)

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 06:24

This is a very good design. I love drop-down desks! Such a good way to add some work space and hide paper clutter at the same time! I built something similar to this about 30 years ago from 3/4" plywood and pine trim and mounted it on a little dresser I already had. It's still going strong. I recommend using plywood, not MDF or particle board. Plywood is more expensive to buy, but it's much stronger and less heavy, easier to cut, wears better, and it holds screws or nails a lot better than either MDF or particle board. Don't waste your money or your time building this with cheap materials that won't last. Use good plywood instead. Just my 3 cents (inflation, you know!)

wimsy (not verified)

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 06:25

This is a very good design. I love drop-down desks! Such a good way to add some work space and hide paper clutter at the same time! I built something similar to this about 30 years ago from 3/4" plywood and pine trim and mounted it on a little dresser I already had. It's still going strong. I recommend using plywood, not MDF or particle board. Plywood is more expensive to buy, but it's much stronger and less heavy, easier to cut, wears better, and it holds screws or nails a lot better than either MDF or particle board. Don't waste your money or your time building this with cheap materials that won't last. Use good plywood instead. Just my 3 cents (inflation, you know!)

Newbie in GA (not verified)

Sun, 08/12/2012 - 12:47

Do you or anyone know if table hinges can be used for the top two doors at the top or if the Euro style hinges needs to be used?

The reason I ask is because the table hinges are cheaper (or the one I am thinking about is .86 at http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/dropleaftabh2.html)
and I am thinking for the size of the doors at the top are small enough to these hinges.

Please advise
Newbie in GA

Connollye11

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 05:24

I really want to build the base of this but I cant find the plans anywhere. I realize they would be very similar to this so maybe there just never was one? if anyone could help me find it though that would be great!
Thanks!

amit

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 00:53

I am definitely a huge fan of this work so much here. You have definitely put out some great videos and songs out. You will be getting so much from their talent here.

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