Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Oak Park Elementary Hutch

01.06.12 By //
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We covered the plans for the desk and this matching hutch is another exciting addition to the Oak Park Elementary Inspired Collection! A great way to add some extra storage without taking up extra square footage… just go vertical!

Estimated Cost


Dimensions for This Project
  • Safety Gear
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 1 sheet of plywood
  • 1- 1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1- 1/2” pocket hole scrws
  • 1- 1/2” brad nails
  • Iron On Edge Banding
  • Wood filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 13” x 30-1/2” – Sides
  • 1 – 28-1/2” x 45-3/4” – Back
  • 2 – 7-1/2” x 45-3/4” – Shelves
  • 2 – 6” x 7-1/2” – Dividers

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

**You will want to apply the edge banding to any exposed ply wood edges before assembly ** Cut the pieces for the sides as indicated in the drawing. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the bottom edge of each side. Don’t forget there will be a left and a right! The pocket holes to connect the hutch to the desk may be drilled on the inside or outside and filled later if you desire.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the piece for the back and and drill pocket holes in the shorter edges. Attach to the straight edge of the sides with pocket screws and glue.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the shelves and the dividers. Drill pocket holes at each end of the shelves. Attach the upper shelf to the sides as indicated with screws and glue.

Step 4
Step 4
Step 4

Attach the dividers to the lower shelf using a brad nailer with the spacing indicated. Secure the assembly to the sides with pocket screws maintaining the 6” spacing from the upper shelf. Secure the dividers to the top shelf with a brad nailer.

Step 5
Step 5

Attach the hutch to the desk using 1-1/2” screws with the back edge flush, and ¼” spacing on the sides. Instead of drilling pocket holes, angle brackets can also be used to secure the hutch.

Finishing Instructions

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability. If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly.

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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