Simple Desk Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about simple desk plans. If you want to learn more about building a rustic desk for your bedroom, pay attention to the following instructions. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.

Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

 

 

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Simple Desk Plans

Building a simple desk

Building a simple desk

 

  • A – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 29 1/4″ long, 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 29 1/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 40″ long, 3 pieces – 16″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 16 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 40″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 25 1/4″ long BRACES
  • E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 23 1/2″ x 48″ long TABLETOP

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

 One day

 

 

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Building a Rustic Desk

Building the legs

Building the legs

The fist step of the woodworking project is to build the wooden legs for the desk. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to assemble together a piece of 2×2 lumber with a piece of 1×4 lumber.

Drill pocket holes through the 2×2 components, along the interior faces and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the slats. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints. Make sure the edges are flush.

Building the frame of the desk

Building the frame of the desk

The next step of the woodworking project is to build the frame for the wooden desk. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 1×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right size and smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular slats. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.

Assembling the frame

Assembling the frame

Next, attach the legs to the frame of the desk. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pilot holes through the frames and to insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to reinforce the joints.

Fitting the bottom supports

Fitting the bottom supports

In order to enhance the rigidity of the desk, we recommend you to fit 1×4 supports to the bottom section of the structure. Therefore, cut the components out of 1×4 lumber and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the corners are square.

Building the braces

Building the braces

Build the braces out of 1×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Make sure you take accurate measurements when drawing the cut lines.

Fitting the braces

Fitting the braces

Attach the brace to the interior sides of the desk and lock it into place with galvanized screws. Make sure there are no gaps between the components when inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Check if the corners are square after fitting each component into place.

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to attach the tabletop to the desk structure. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to lay the component on a level surface and to center the structure with attention.

Drill pocket holes through the frame of the desk and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the tabletop. Add glue to the edges and make sure the corners are right-angled, before inserting the screws.

Simple desk plans

Simple desk plans

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Fit appropriate hinges and door handles to the cabinet.

 

 

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