How to Build a Mission-style Utility Stand

This Mission-style utility stand isn't just shelving; it's furniture. During the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it could have served as a library table. Today it could be used as a home-office printer stand, with the lower shelves for paper and book storage. Build it with an adjustable flat shelf, or modify it with the V-shape shelf. You can alter its height, width, or depth to fit your needs.

Material and finishing
The stand is made of oak, a popular wood for Mission-style furniture. After staining, it is coated with clear penetrating oil. If the stand will sustain heavy use, provide extra protection with a polyurethane finish.


About 8 hours to construct, plus finishing time

Tape measure, combination square, table saw, dado set (or back saw), finish sander, brad-point drill bits, electric drill/driver, long bar clamps, wood chisel, dead-blow hammer

Accurate measuring, sawing, and joining; chiseling

Assemble tools and materials, prepare work area.

Exploded View and Materials Needed

You can change the dimensions of the piece to make it wider or deeper to, for example, hold a large-screen TV. Expand the appropriate dimension in both directions from the lines shown.

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