Introduction

building a cocktail hutch
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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If you always get caught hunting through cupboards for cocktail fixings just as guests begin arriving, it may be time to corral all those items in one, easy-to-use location. A tall and slender cocktail hutch provides a handy and attractive place to hang glasses, store wine bottles, tuck bottle openers and napkins, and display spirits. The notched boards that create the X-shaped wine rack and simple glass rack assemble quickly, but installing the finishing touches of crown and base molding takes a little time. It'll all pay off at your next cocktail party, though, as your guests admire your craftsmanship. This time, you won't be too busy to chat with them.

Paint: Valspar's Royal Garnet; Valspar
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    Tools List

    • Rafter Square
      rafter square
    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • straight edge
      straightedge
    • hand clamps
      clamps
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      pneumatic nailer
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • 1/4-inch drill bit
      ¼-inch drill bit
    • combination square
      combination square
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw

    Shopping List

    1x15 edge-glued panels. Get four 6-footers for the sides and shelves, one 3-footer for the top.

    ¼-inch lauan for the back. Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    1x3 for cleats. Get 3 feet.

    -inch square dowels for the glass rack. Get two 3-footers.

    x3 lattice for the glass rack. Get two 3-footers.

    3¼-inch baseboard molding. Get one 6-footer.

    9/16x3-inch crown molding. Get one 6-footer.

    2x4 for crown backing. Get 3 feet.

    1x2. Get two clear-pine, 6-footers.

    1x5. Get one clear-pine, 8-footer.

    1½-inch and -inch 18-gauge brad nails

    1¼-inch drywall screws.

    wood glue.

    120-grit sandpaper