Cdenza Bookcase Ilulch

Here is a project that will go a long way toward meeting our home office storage requirements. This creclenza and bookcase hutch project is an ideal place to store all your stationery and reference materials. Everything is stored in one place so it's a breeze to quickly get what you need. The door cabinets and drawer assembly can be modified to meet your specific needs. Or, leave that section out and the creclenza can be used as a desk or worktable because it's 30" high.

Once again I've used one of my favorite building materials — multi-core veneer-covered plywood. It's strong, stable, and can be glued, screwed or nailed. Threaded fasteners work gieat in this material as long as the proper pilot hole is drilled. Plate joinery, commonly called biscuit joints, is another option that I often use with great success when building furniture with this material.

The creclenza top and cabinet legs are solid wood. I've opted for red oak once again but any wood species that matches your décor is perfectly acceptable.

Vertical Divider Y

Adjustable Shelf Z

Desktop D

Bottom Drawer K

Bottom G

Ve'Tica Marie's H

Drawer Face N

Front Q

Cutting List •

Credenza & Bookcase Hutch

REF.

QTY.

PART

MATERIAL

THICKNESS

WIDTH

LENGTH

A

4

Legs

Solid oak

va

1%

29'a

B

2

Side panels

Oak veneer ply

3a

23

17

C

1

Back panel

Oak veneer ply

3a

23

56

D

1

Desktop

Solid oak

3a

21!*

60a

E

2

Back/front build-up strip

Solid oak

3a

3a

60'a

F

2

Side build-up strips

Solid oak

%

3a

20

G

1

Bottom

Oak veneer ply

3a

18%

55'a

H

6

Vertical panels

Oak veneer ply

3a

18

203a

J

4

Spacer cleats

Oak veneer ply

3a

va

55'a

K

2

Side spacers

Oak veneer ply

7a,

va

203a

L

2

Shelves

Oak veneer ply

3X

15 7a

18

M

2

Doors

Oak veneer ply

y*

17

217a

N

2

Drawer faces

Oak veneer ply

3a

10%

193/

P

4

Drawer sides

Baltic birch ply

a

8 7a

18

Q

4

Drawer fronts/backs

Baltic birch ply

'a

8 7a

17 'a

R

2

Drawer bottoms

Baltic birch ply

•a

173/

18

Bookcase Hutch

S

2

Sides

Oak veneer ply

3a

m

473/

T

1

Back

Oak veneer ply

3a

473/

60

U

1

Top

Oak veneer ply

3a

12

60

V

2

Side shelf supports

Solid wood

3a

va

11

w

1

Back shelf support

Oak veneer ply

3a

va

58 'a

X

1

Fixed bottom shelf

Oak veneer ply

3a

11K

58 'a

Y

1

Vertical divider

Oak veneer ply

3a

m

27'a

Z

2

Adjustable shelves

Oak veneer ply

3a

11M

Make from glued-up boards

COMMENTS

Make from glued-up boards

Hardware and Supplies

Screws

Nails

Glue

Biscuits or dowels

Three-quarter extension drawer glides

Full-extension drawer glides for the file drawer

107° hidden hinges

Drawer and door handles

Metal brackets

Adjustable shelf pins

Metrie Cutting List • Cradenza & Bookcase Hutc .

REF.

QTY.

PART

MATERIAL

THICKNESS

WIDTH

LENGTH

A

4

Legs

Solid oak

41

41

743

B

2

Side panels

Oak veneer ply

19

584

432

C

1

Back panel

Oak veneer ply

19

584

1422

D

1

Desktop

Solid oak

19

546

1537

E

2

Back/front build-up strip

Solid oak

19

19

1537

F

2

Side build-up strips

Solid oak

19

19

508

G

1

Bottom

Oak veneer ply

19

463

1403

H

6

Vertical panels

Oak veneer ply

19

463

527

J

4

Spacer cleats

Oak veneer ply

19

38

1403

K

2

Side spacers

Oak veneer ply

11

38

527

L

2

Shelves

Oak veneer ply

19

403

457

M

2

Doors

Oak veneer ply

19

432

555

N

2

Drawer faces

Oak veneer ply

19

276

502

P

4

Drawer sides

Baltic birch ply

13

225

457

Q

4

Drawer fronts/backs

Baltic birch ply

13

225

438

R

2

Drawer bottoms

Baltic birch ply

13

451

Make from glued-up boards

COMMENTS

Make from glued-up boards

Bookcase Hutch

S

2

Sides

Oak veneer ply

19

285

1213

T

1

Back

Oak veneer ply

19

1213

1524

U

1

Top

Oak veneer ply

19

305

1524

V

2

Side shelf supports

Solid wood

19

38

279

w

1

Back shelf support

Oak veneer ply

19

38

1486

X

1

Fixed bottom shelf

Oak veneer ply

19

285

1486

Y

1

Vertical divider

Oak veneer ply

19

285

692

Z

2

Adjustable shelves

Oak veneer ply

19

285

732

m Prepare the four legs for the storage credenza by cutting them to 1 ReP|ace the strai9ht router bit with a roundover bit and ease all the size. The legs require a groove that's 3/S"-wlde by '/»"-deep by 23"-long L^ J edges on each leg. Now Is an Ideal time to sand the legs, measured from the top of each leg. Two of the legs need a groove on one face. And the two back legs require two grooves on adjoining faces. Center the grooves on the leg faces. The simplest way to make the grooves is with a 3/"-wide router bit in a table-mounted router.

Cut the two side and back panels to size. The panel ends fit in the grooves of the legs with the double-grooved legs at the back. Put glue in the joint and drive 2" wood screws through the legs and into the panel ends. Two screws per panel end will secure the joint. Drill a pilot hole for the screws and a counterbored hole for the screw head. Fill the holes with wood plugs and sand smooth.

The straight router bit will leave a rounded end on each groove. Use a sharp chisel to square the ends so the panels will fit correctly.

[ pT 1 Attach seven right-angle brackets to the L ^ J top edge of the panels. Two per side and three on the back panel will be used to secure the credenza top.

rAl The finished size for the solid wood top will be 21/2"-deep by 60#'-wide. Glue up L^J enough Si-thick boards to form a top that's about 1" greater in size (biscuit joints are an ideal way to do this). A jointer will dress the edges perfectly, or you can get acceptable glue edges by cutting the boards on a well-tuned table saw. If you don't have a jointer and your saw can't cut a fine edge, most lumberyards will dress the boards for a small fee.

Don'? clamp the boards too tightly when edge joining. Excessive pressure will squeeze out all the glue and the joint will fail. And you shouldn't have to force the joints together if properly edge-dressed.

Sand the top smooth and trim to the correct finished size. Attach the build-up strips and secure with glue and brad nails. This will make the top appear thicker and heavier.

Use a small circular object to draw an arc at each corner of the top. Remove the wood outside the arc with a belt sander to round each corner. Next, Install a W roundover bit in your router and dress the bottom and top edges.

Attach the top to the credenza base with / '-long screws through the right-angle brackets. Verify that the top overhangs all leg faces by 1" before Installing the screws. Do not use glue so the top can expand and contract during humidity level changes.

| Cut all the panels for the drawer/door L-L^'J compartment. Apply Iron-on wood veneer edge tape to the front long edge of the bottom board, the long edge of one spacer cleat, and the long front edge of each vertical panel.

This panel/leg construction method is solid and the design is very versatile. You can stop at this point if all you require is a great little worktable or shallow desk.

Drill holes In four of the vertical panels for the adjustable shelf pins you plan to use. You can make a simple shelf pin hole jig with flat iron and a couple of pieces of scrap lumber. Drill holes In the iron, spacing them about 1 'A" apart. Attach the iron to two wood cleats and use a dowel rod mounted on the drill bit to limit the hole depth.

[1 91 Assemble the credenza with glue and 2" screws according to the L-L^ J illustration. The drawers will be in the center so the four panels with the shelf pin holes will be located facing each other on the two outside compartments. The cleat with the veneered edge is the lower front spacer cleat. Attach the front cleats flush with the front edge of the vertical panels. The rear cleats are spaced 1" In from the ends of all the panels to clear the countertop clips. Verify that the vertical panels are aligned and oriented correctly. The panels must be parallel to each other so the drawer hardware will operate properly.

riQl G|ue anc1 nail 'he Xs" spacer cleats on

J the rear outside faces of each end panel, 1" In from the back edge.

Lay the credenza on Its back and Install the compartment. Use 2" screws through the front panels Into the front legs. Use va" screws through the rear end of each outside panel, through the side spacers, and into the Inside face of each end panel. Drive an additional four 2" screws through the outside face of the rear credenza panel Into the back edge of the bottom compartment board. Cut and apply edge tape to one front edge of both adjustable shelf boards.

The finished size for each door is 17"-wlde by 21%"-high. You'll need two '/'-thick wood veneer plywood panels 16"-wide by 205C-high and about 15' of tf'-high by 3a"~ thick solid wood to edge the panels. Build the two doors following the same procedures as detailed in chapter six. Round over the front face edges with a 3/s" router bit, drill the hinge holes and Install the doors following the steps in chapter five.

Cut all the drawer parts to size. Remember to rabbet the back and front ends of each side V deep by K" wide. Once again, I've used ^"-thick Baltic birch plywood as I feel It's one of the best choices for office furniture drawer boxes. Follow the assembly procedures In chapter four. The finished size of each drawer is 93f'-high by 183/"-wlde by 18"-deep. Install the bottom-mounted drawer glide and test fit both boxes. The first box is mounted %" above the bottom board, and there should be a 1" space between the bottom and top box.

in i g u

[""I O | The two side and vertical panels for the bookcase hutch require L-LCJ J adjustable shelf pin holes. Begin drilling the holes starting 3" from the top edge of each board to a measurement 24" below the top edges. Space the holes 1V" apart. The side panels each have two rows of holes on the Inside face while the vertical divider (Y) requires holes on both faces. Drill the holes all the way through the divider panel. Apply wood edge veneer tape to one long edge on each board.

Install the top board on the top edges of the side and back boards using glue and 2" screws. The edges of this panel do not require wood veneer tape, as they will be hidden with trim moulding. It isn't necessary to hide the screw heads, as the top will be on the credenza and over 6' in height.

Two drawer faces, thick by KKf-high by 193/!"-wide, are required. They are built to match the door style with a blank V" veneer panel that's 9high by 18M" wide. The panel is edged with ii'-high by 3/"-thick solid wood. Secure the drawer faces to the drawer boxes using four 1"-long screws from inside the drawer. The height of both drawer faces, plus a %" space between them, should equal the door height.

Prepare the backboard by applying wood veneer tape to two short edges. These edges will be visible on each side of the hutch. Attach the side boards to the backboard with glue and 2"-long screws. The outside faces of the side boards should be flush with the ends of the backboard and the shelf pin holes oriented properly.

FtUm

I O 1 The lower fixed shelf supports are made with 1x2 solid wood. L^-1 J-J They are cut at 45° to meet in the back corners. Before cutting the miters, round over the bottom edge as well as the front ends on the side supports. Use glue and VA" screws to secure the supports. The screws on the outside face of each side panel should be installed in counterbored holes that can be filled with wood plugs. The supports are secured 28" below the underside of the top board.

[OO1 Dress one long front edge of the bottom fixed shelf with wood edge V' " l\ tape. Put the shelf on the supports; secure with glue and brad nails.

jsiotes to O

Apply wood edge tape to the front of the vertical divider and secure it in place. Use glue and 2" screws through the top and bottom boards. The holes on the underside of the bottom board should be counterbored and filled with plugs.

Install trim moulding around the top board. I am using the same trim moulding as in chapter six to match the desk hutch. Cut the two adjustable shelves, tape the front edges, and install them on shelf pins.

O The hutch can be secured to the credenza with screws through the underside of the top. One ^ screw at each end, driven into the bottom ol , the side boards, will hold the hutch securely. This project was linished with three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. I used extra-fine sleel wool lo apply a low-luster paste wax to the linished piece for smoothness and extra protection.

As I mentioned throughout the project, both credenza and hulch can be modi lied to suil your requirements. II you require a file drawer in the credenza, adjust the comparlment dimensions accordingly. These projecls oiler llexibilily, as everyone's office functions differently.

If the cost ol veneer plywood is an issue, consider using MDF and a paint linish. II you want high-end furniture, use solid wood panels with more complicated joinery. Either way, you'll save money and get better quality compared to commercial, slore-bought lurnilure, and each piece can be customized to meet your personal requirements.

armoire

Was this article helpful?

0 0

Post a comment