Introduction: Make a Pocket Hole Printer Stand

We needed a stand to replace the TV tray we've been using temporarily (for years) for our network printer. My father gave me a ton of poplar he got when he bought a pallet of odds and ends from a saw mill. I bought a little birch plywood, grabbed my pocket hole jig, and got to work.

To make this you will need:

  • 3/4 inch lumber
  • 1/2 inch think plywood
  • Pocket hole jig and screws
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Brad nailer is helpful, but not necessary

Step 1: Cut the Legs and Cross Pieces

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  • Rip the stock for the legs and cross pieces to 2 1/2 inches.
  • Cut 4 legs to a length of 24 3/4 inches.
  • Cut 6 short cross pieces to a length of 8 inches.
  • Cut 4 long cross pieces to a length of 18 1/2 inches.
  • Rip stock for 2 narrow cross pieces to 1 1/4 inches.
  • Cut those to 18 1/2 inches long.

Step 2: Pocket Hole Assembly

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  • Drill two pocket holes in each end of the wide cross pieces.
  • Drill one pocket hole in each end of the narrow cross pieces.
  • Attach a wide short cross piece to the top of 2 legs.
  • Attach another wide short cross piece 12 1/4 inches from the bottom of the 2 legs.
  • Attach another wide short cross piece 2 inches from the bottom of the 2 legs.
  • Repeat for the other side.
  • Connect the 2 sides with 2 long wide cross pieces at the top.
  • Connect in the back with the other 2 long cross pieces at 12 1/4 and 2 inches from the bottom.

Step 3: Cut Cleats and Top Trim

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  • Rip stock to 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch.
  • Cut 4 long cleats to 18 1/2 inches.
  • Cut 4 short cleats to 12 inches.
  • Cut 2 trim pieces to 15 3/4 inches.
  • Cut a trim piece to 20 inches, and another to 21 1/2 inches.
  • Attach a set of 2 short and 1 long cleats 2 1/4 inches from the bottom.
  • Attach a set of 2 short and 1 long cleats 12 1/2 inches from the bottom.
  • I used brad nails and glue, but just glue and clamps or other fasteners would work.

Step 4: Cut and Install Shelves

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  • Cut the 2 lower shelves out of the plywood to 18 1/2 to 13 1/2 inches (check and cut to size if needed)
  • Attach the narrow cross pieces and then the other long cleats.
  • Glue the 2 lower shelves onto the cleats.
  • Cut the top shelf to 20 by 15 inches.
  • Glue the top onto the unit.
  • Glue the longest trim piece to the front on the top.
  • Glue the shorter trim pieces to the sides.
  • Glue the last trim piece to the back.

Step 5: Finish

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  • Sand to 220 grit.
  • Apply wood conditioner (if using a wood prone to blotching) and stain.
  • After that dries, apply a top coat such as lacquer or polyurethane.
  • You can get a SketchUp plan for the printer stand here.

Comments

Alcareyjr (author)2016-09-07

Nice job. It looks like it'll last for years.

CanKenMakeIt (author)Alcareyjr2016-09-07

Hope so.

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