How to Build a Cocktail Hutch
Turn a plain pine cabinet into a sophisticated vertical bar by adding crown molding and custom rack assemblies
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
Cocktail Hutch Overview
CUT LIST TO BUILD A COCKTAIL HUTCH
1x15 box sides: 2 @ 72 inches
1x15 shelves: 4 @ 18 inches
1x15 wine-rack insert pieces 2 @ 26½ inches between the long points of their 45-degree beveled ends.
1x3 support strips: 2 @ 14½ inches
1x2 stiles: 2 @ 72 inches
1x5 rails: 2 @ 16½ inches
⅝-inch square dowel for the glass rack nailing strips: 4 @ 15 inches
⅜x3-inch lattice strip for the glass rack: 4 @ 15 inches
Baseboard: Custom miter 3 to size.
Crown molding: Custom miter 3 to size.
2x4 backing strips: Custom rip 3 and cut them to size.
5mm lauan back: 1 @ 72 by 19¼ inches