Cookbook Hutch

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1frost added on 8/30/2018

My wife needed a place to store her cookbooks so she could use them when we moved to a new home. Decided the best place was above the Cat Litter Box Cabinet that was constructed earlier this year.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Construct the base

If you have not already constructed the CAT LITTER BOX CABINET..... see plan and construct the base


Cut the side panels

Cut (2) side panels to the dimensions shown out of 1x12 material cut down to 9 3/4"


Cut the shelves

Cut (3) shelves to the dimensions shown out of 1x12 material cut down to 9 3/4". Also drill three pocket holes on the bottom in each end of each shelf and connect to the side panels with two 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.


Cut the back panel pieces

Cut the back panel pieces from 1x4 material. Drill (2) pocket holes in each end of the horizontal pieces and join to the vertical pieces with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Also route a 1/4" rabbet along the inside edge of each piece to accept the plywood/beadboard in the next step


Attach the back panel

Attach the back panel to the shelves and side panels by gluing and nailing with your nail gun


Install the beadboad/plywood

Install beadboard or plywood into the back panel assembly


View of assembly from the front

View of the assembly from the front


Construct the face frame

Construct the face from following the dimensions shown using 1x2 material cut off of the 1x12's used for shelving and side panels. Join the parts by drilling pocket holes and using 1 1/4" pocket holes on the back side of the parts. Install the face frame to the shelf box by gluing and using your nail gun


Attach the crown

Cut crown trim pieces per dimensions shown out of 1x2 material. Add crown trim to the assembly using your nail gun.



Finish the book shelf by painting or staining based on the materials you used.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(5) 1x12, 48", Board  
(7) 1x4, 48", Board  
(1) 1x2, 72", Board  
(1) 1/4" Thick, 48", Plywood  


(50) Pocket hole screws  

Parts/Cut List:

(5) Sides and shelves, 3/4" x 11 1/4" x 48"  
(6) Back panel pieces, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 48"  
(1) Top face frame piece, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 48"  


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