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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Bouclier Hutch

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired Bouclier Hutch

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Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6’
  • 1 – 1×4 at 6’
  • 1 – ¼” x 1” flat trim
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
  • Half sheet of ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2” angle brackets with screws
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 9-1/2” x 39-1/2” – sides
  • 2 – 1×2 at 35-3/4” – Front Trim
  • 1 – 1×4 at 55-1/4” – Header
  • 1 – ¼” x 1” at 55-1/4” – Header Trim
  • 1 – ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard at 39-1/2” x 55-1/4” – Back
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 9-1/2” x 53-3/4” – Shelves
  • 1 – ¾” at 11-1/4” x 56-3/4” – Top

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

Cut the pieces for the sides and the front trim. Attach the front trim at the spacing indicated with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The outside face of the trim will be flush with the outside face of the sides. There will be a right and a left.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the header and the header trim. Attach the header trim to the front trim with glue and a couple of brad nails through the top of the trim. The trim will overlap the sides of the front trim by ¼” on each side.

Attach the header with glue and brad nails through the front of the header into the sides. Add a few brad nails through the header trim into the header to secure it in place.

Step 3
Step 3

 Cut the piece for the back. Attach to the sides with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of each of the shelves. Attach to the sides as indicated using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Add a few brad nails through the back into the shelves to further secure the back.

If a hole for electronics cords is desired, the hole can be bored in the back using a paddle bit or a hole saw.

Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the top. The top will overlap the front and sides by ¾”. Attach using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the sides and the header.

Secure the hutch to the desk with angle brackets on each side.

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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