Free Woodworking Plans to Build a PotteryBarn Inspired Hudson Desk Hutch

06.30.11 By //

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Another piece for our Hudson Collection! The hutch for the beautiful desk we covered here yesterday! Thanks Loren, I heart you soooo much!

Dimensions for This Project



Tape Measure



Kreg Jig – this is optional but will make some of your connections much much easier…recommended.

Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.

Miter Saw – can also use a Table Saw, Circular Saw, Hand Saw or Jig Saw to cut at an angle.


1 – 1×2 at 8’

1 – 1×2 at 6’

1 – 1×6 at 8’

1 Sheet of 3/4” Plywood or MDF

1/2 Sheet of 1/4” Plywood or MDF


**2” Wood Screws – not needed if using Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System

1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws

7/8” Finish Nails or Brad Nails

1 1/4” Finish Nails

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

4 – 1×6 at 7 3/4” Drawer Sides

2 – 1×6 at 14 5/8” Drawer Backs

2 – 1×6 at 16 1/8” Drawer Fronts

1 – 1×2 at 65” Base Trim

4 – 1×2 at 10 1/2” Base and Top Trim

1 – 1×2 at 28 1/2” Front Trim Center Unit

2 – 1×2 at 18 3/4” Trim

4 – 1×2 at 5 1/2” Drawer Trim

4 – 1×2 at 16 1/8” Drawer Trim

1 – 3/4” ply at 62” x 10 1/2” Base/Bottom

1 – 3/4” ply at 64” x 5 3/4” Back

4 – 3/4” ply at 9 1/4” x 5 3/4” Sides and Center Panels

2 – 3/4” ply at 7” x 14 5/8” Drawer Bottoms

2 – 3/4” ply at 9” 15 3/4” Tops

4 – 1/4” ply at 5 1/2” x 4” Panel Inserts

4 – 1/4” ply at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” Center Unit Panels

2 – 1/4” ply at 11 1/2” x 4” Center Unit Shelves


Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Build your Base: Miter your Trim and fasten the Bottom Board to the Trim and the Trim to the front trim using your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system, you can fasten the Trim using glue and then secure it in the next step by fastening it to the Sides and center panels.

Step 2

Step 2 

Connect the Panels: Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to secure. If you aren’t using a Pocket hole system, use 2” screws and glue and be sure to countersink so that your screws are flush on the bottom.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 3

Step 3 

Build the Center Unit: I would begin with these pieces shown below since you won’t have any issue of connections with these. Use 7/8” finish nails and glue to fasten together. Then move on the the image below this to secure the outside 2 panel inserts, then fasten the trim in place in the image below that. Use your 1 1/4” finish nails to secure from the backside and from the center panels into the outside panel inserts. Use 2” Screws to fasten the 1×2 trim in the front, by securing from underneath the hutch unit, be sure to countersink and use glue.

Step 4

Step 4 

Build the Drawers. The Drawer bottom will sit inset and the drawer sides and front/back will be cut from 1×6’s. Use your pocket hole system to fasten the drawer bottom to the sides, front, and back, and to fasten the back to the sides, and the sides to the front. You will set it for 3/4” stock and use 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. Tack on the trim using 1 1/4” finish nails and glue. You will build 2 drawers total.

Step 5

Step 5 

Build and Top and Trim it out. If you would like to Fasten the Hutch to the Desk rather than leave it unattached for easy removal, then you should attach it prior to adding the tops. Do this by simply fastening the base/bottom directly to the Desk Top using 1 1/4” finish nails and glue if you prefer.

The top trim should be mitered in the front for the most professional appearance and you should secure it to the tops in the same manner you built the bottom/base in step 1. Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. Fasten the Tops to the Unit using 1 1/4” Finish nails and glue.

Fill and Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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