Horace Printer Stand

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northstarwoodworking added on 5/26/2020

Featuring an easy cut list, this versatile printer stand can be put together in a weekend using common dimensional lumber. The bottom of the stand holds a large printer. The top of the stand can hold a second printer or your favorite decorations. The other shelves can hold all your paper and ink!


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cut Some Parts

Cut the Stiles, Rails, Intermediate Rails, Toe Kick, and Face Framing according to the parts list. Wait to cut the Shelves, as they will be cut to fit. Using an auxiliary fence with stop block on the miter saw or the miter gauge with auxiliary fence with stop block on the table saw you can create precise and repeatable cuts. All stiles can be cut to the same exact size. All the rails and intermediate rails can be cut to the same exact size. The Toe Kick and Face Framing can be cut to the same exact size (though you might have to trim these to fit). All the shelf supports can be ripped and cut to the same exact size.


Cut Some Spacers

Using some scrap wood, cut at least one 14 inch spacer and one 4-1/2 inch spacer. You can use these to quickly find the distance between the rails as needed. Or you can measure it all out during assembly.


Drill Some Pocket Holes

Drill pocket holes using your favorite Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. You will be drilling two pocket holes in each end of each of the Rails and Intermediate Rails.


Assemble the Sides & Back

Aligning the Rails flush with the top and bottom edge of both Stiles respectively, apply wood glue, clamp with a Kreg Face Clamp, and using Kreg 1-1/4" Washer Head Screws with a thread appropriate for your wood. Using the 14" spacer, place between one of the Intermediate Rails and the bottom Rail, glue, clamp, and screw all while checking for square. Using the 4-1/2" spacer, place and glue, clamp, screw the two remaining Intermediate Rails. Repeat this process for the other side and back assemblies.


Drill Pocket Holes in Back

Carefully look over your three assemblies and choose the one that will become the back of the Horace Printer Stand. Drill pocket holes along the length of both Stiles on the side of the assembly that already features pocket holes. Space these out about 6 inches apart.


Fill Pocket Holes on Sides

If desired, fill the pocket holes on the side assemblies. Trim and sand the pocket hole flush. You do not need to fill the pocket holes on the back unless desired (the finished piece will not be going up against the wall).


Attach Back and Sides

Align the tops and bottoms of the back and side assemblies so that the back is sandwiched between the back and sides. Glue and attach using pocket screws.


Install Toe Kick and Face Framing

Test fit the Toe Kick and the Face Framing. You may need to shave a tiny bit off one end of the intended 20 inches. Once finalized, drill pocket holes in the same manner done for the Rails and Intermediate Rails. Align the Toe Kick with the bottom of the sides and use pocket screws to attach to both sides. Align the top-most Face Framing to the top edge of the sides and use pocket screws to attach to both sides. Using your trusty spacers install the remaining Face Framing pieces using pocket screws.


Place Shelf Supports

If you are confident that the Rails on your sides are level with one another, you can mark a distance down from the top of the Rails (a great use for the Kreg Multi-Markā„¢) and install the Shelf Supports using glue and 3/4" brad nails to the sides. Otherwise, cut more spacers to get consistent distances between the bottom of your shelf and the spacer. I installed the Shelf Supports so that the plywood shelves sit about 1/8" below the edge of the Rails and Face Framing to ensure the bare edges of the plywood are hidden. Consistency is the key for this step! I made a spacer, put one of the shelf supports in and clamped it, then used a scrap of the shelf material to see where it would end up. I repeated that process for all supports.


Cut Shelves to Fit

With the assembly done, cut the shelves to fit. The amount of trimming is dependent on how square your final assembly is.


Apply Finish and Enjoy

Apply your favorite finish of choice. This project is a good candidate for brush on polyurethane for the shelves and wipe-on poly for the carcass so you can get it into all the little corners around the Shelf Supports.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(3) 1x2, 96", Board  
(4) 1x4, 96", Board  
(5) 1/2" Thick, 20"x20", Plywood  


(90) 1-1/4" Kreg Pocket Hole Screws  
(90) Kreg Pocket Hole Plugs  
(1) Quart Water Based Polyurethane (or favorite finish)  
(1) Wood Glue  

Parts/Cut List:

(6) Rails, 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 13"  
(6) Stiles, 3/4" x 3-1/3" x 37"  
(9) Intermediate Rails, 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 13"  
(1) Toe Kick, 3/4" x 3-1/2" x 20"  
(4) Face Framing, 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 20"  
(20) Shelf Supports, 3/4" x 3/8" x 7"  
(5) Shelves, 1/2" x 20" x 18-1/2"  


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