This step by step diy project is about kids desk plans. If you want to build a beautiful and stylish desk for your kids, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the diagram. Adjust the size of the components with great care and lock them together by using waterproof glue and galvanized screws following the instructions. Make sure the design of the desk matches the style of the rest of the bedroom furniture.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the kids desk. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Kids Desk Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 30″ long SIDES
- B – 6 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 22 1/2″ long SHELVES
- C – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 12 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ long BACK
- D – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 33″ long, 3 pieces – 22 1/2″ long FRAME
- E – 8 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 22 1/2″ long RAILS
- F – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″ x 48″ long TOP
- 3 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
How to build a kids desk
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the side storage units for the kids desk. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the frames out of 1×8 lumber. Cut the components at the right size with a saw.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components. Make sure the corners are square and insert 1 1/4′ screws into the side slats. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
The next step of woodworking project is to fit the 3/4″ plywood pieces to the back of the kids desk. Drill pocket holes along the edges of the plywood pieces and fit them inside the opening, making sure the edges are flush .
Next, insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame of the storage units. Add glue to the edges and repeat the process for the rest of the structure. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Fit the guard rails to the sides of the kids desk. Build the components out of 1×2 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the rails into place and secure them to the frame by using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, you have to lock both sides of the desk together by fitting the support frame. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the frame out of 1×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right size and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and secure them to the rim components by suing 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Make sure the corners are right-angled.
In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to attach the plywood top to your wooden desk. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pocket holes through the supports.
Top Tip: Center the desk on top of the plywood top and insert 1 1/4′ screws through the supports. Add glue to the joints to create a rigid and durable bond.
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: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wooden desk in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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