Build a Hutch for a Desk

Once again, I get to “collaborate” with my musician son! (See our previous collaboration here)

He asked if I could design a hutch for his desk to organize his studio speakers and other equipment he uses as a musician. After a few measurements and a sheet of Purebond plywood in oak (which, by the way, has the most bee-yoo-tee-ful grain), we were off to organize his space!

custom hutch old desk

If you don’t know about Purebond, it is formaldehyde-free plywood and is available in tons of different wood veneers. It is sold at Home Depot and for more information, click the “Purebond Pledge” button toward the end of the page!

Come back tomorrow for the full, detailed plans to build a hutch for yourself!

Here is the desk before… Not too bad! He’s actually very neat and organized which are genes he did not inherit from me!

custom hutch old desk before

I started by cutting the pieces to length.

custom hutch old desk plywood pieces

I applied edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood and used my Kreg jig to drill pocket holes as shown in the plan.

custom hutch old desk edge banding

I started assembling the pieces then thoroughly sanded the hutch using 80 grit sandpaper first, then 120, and finally 220.

custom hutch old desk assembly

  custom hutch old desk sanding


I used Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Paprika then sealed it with Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin.

custom hutch old desk stain

I chose not to attach the hutch to the desk because I did not want to put holes in the desk top. I’m sorry about the poor quality of the finished photo… His room is so dark!

custom hutch old desk completed

Originally posted 2012-08-22 08:00:13.

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