Free Woodworking Plans to Build the Office Bookshelves Hutch

09.30.11 By //
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I have been so excited to share this project with you guys… and even more excited to check it off the list of 'things that needed to be done' around my home! I love the non-traditional use for this piece I have given it by placing it in my kitchen nook! But what a fabulous place for it! This is a duplicate of the Base Unit (found here) in my office, only this one has a hutch! For those of you who need a refresher… this is what this room looked like before… Of course since this Nook faces my family room, you can probably see now (on this post here) where I am going with the blues, whites, grays, and that fabulous California Big Sur vibe… adore! So what do you think… Bookshelves in the Dining Area? Books, and the beginnings of my Halloween Decor? It's different and kinda fabulous, don't you think? Plans for the Base Unit can be found here!

You can see that I haven't quite finished decorating them. I was just too excited to wait to share these with you! If you are interested in browsing the other articles that show bits and pieces of my home, visit the Home Tour page found under the Living tab in my menu or click here.

Estimated Cost 



Tape Measure Drill Kreg Jig – optional can use countersink bit and screws Miter Saw – optional for trim Nail Gun – optional and can use hammer/finish nail set


3 – 1×2 at 8' 1 – 1×2 at 6' 2 – 1×12 at 8' 1 – 1×12 at 6' 6 to 7' of 2″ Crown Molding Trim in a style of your choice.


2″ Finish Nails 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws OR wood screws (depending on whether you are using a kreg jig or not). Wood Glue Wood Filler Safety Gear Sanding Supplies Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

2 – 1×2 at 46 1/2″ Cleats 3 – 1×2 at 45″ Face Frame Trim 2 – 1×2 at 42″ Face Frame Trim 3 – 1×12 at 46 1/2″ Shelves 2 – 1×12 at 42″ Sides 1 – Crown Molding at 50-52″ 2 – Crown Molding at 13-15″


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 

Attach the Shelves to the Sides: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue or countersink for your 2″ wood screws.

Step 2

Step 2 

Attach the Face Frame Trim: Use 2″ finish nails and glue.

Step 3

Step 3 

Attach the Cleats: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue or countersink and use 2″ wood screws.

Step 4
Step 4

Step 4 

Fasten the Molding in place: Miter the front corners of your molding at 45 degrees and secure to the top of your unit using 2″ finish nails and glue. **The exact measurements will be determined by the style and size of the molding you choose so be sure to mark/measure for your exact piece!

Step 11 

I'm linking this fine project up here and to Get your Craft on Tuesday

Finishing Instructions 

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

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**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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