Build a Landon Desk

Build a Gorgeous Desk with the DIY Landon Desk Plans

This is one of the most beautiful desks ever… Don’t let the angled shelves and legs be intimidating – it is really easy to cut them! The DIY Landon desk plans feature two shelves plus a drawer in each leg assembly. The top is created with a plywood base edged by solid wood so that a decorative edge can be cut with a router. Give this desk build a try… It is surprisingly easy!

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 2 – 21″ bottom mount drawer slides (like these)
  • 2 – Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 30″ – Legs
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-5/8″ x 24″ – Shelf 4
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 24″ – Drawer Cubby Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 11-13/16″ – Drawer Cubby Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-5/16″ x 24″ – Shelf 3 (Drawer Cubby Top)
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 8-5/16″ x 24″ – Shelf 2
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-15/16″ x 24″ – Shelf 1
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 27″ x 61″ – Top Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 27″ – Top Side Trim
  • 2 – 1×2 at 64″ – Top Front & Back Trim
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-1/2″ x 9″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ – Drawer Fronts

DIY Landon Desk Plans

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly!

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut a 10° angle in each end. The angles will face the same direction (see drawing).

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for Shelf 4 and cut a 10° bevel in each long edge. The bevels will face toward each other so that if you are looking at the end of the piece, the side edges slant to the center of the piece. Secure Shelf 4 to the legs as shown using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws. Install the cabinet half of the drawer slides on Shelf 4 according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating the slide 3/4″ back from the front edge of Shelf 4 to allow for the drawer front.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Shelf 4-2

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the drawer cubby sides. Cut a 10° bevel in each long edge with the bevels facing the same direction (opposite each other). Secure the pieces to the legs and Shelf 4 using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The nails will be applied through the side pieces into the legs, and through the bottom of Shelf 4 into the bottom of the sides.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Sides 1

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Sides 2

 

Step Four

Now is a great time to fit the drawer slides and the drawer boxes because once the top and back are on the drawer cubby, there will be no way to adjust the pieces! Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Cut the notch in the back piece as shown. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws locating the bottom 3/8″ up from the bottom of the sides. Secure the front and back of the drawer boxes. The drawer slides should already be installed in the cabinet (see Step Two). Install the other half of the slide on the drawer, then check the fit of the drawer.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Drawer Back

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Drawer BS

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Drawer FB

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the drawer cubby back. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each angled edge. Secure the back to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The pocket holes will face out which will make it much easier to secure the screws!

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Back 1

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Back 2

Step Six

Cut the pieces for Shelf 3 and cut a 10° bevel in each long edge. The bevels will face each other – the same way as they do on Shelf 4. Attach Shelf 3 to the top of each of the drawer cubbies securing in place with glue and2-1/2″ countersunk screws through the legs, and 1-1/4″ brad nails through Shelf 3 into the sides.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Shelf 3-2

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for Shelf 1 and Shelf 2, and cut a 10° bevel in each long edge. Secure Shelf 1 and Shelf 2 to the legs as shown using glue and countersunk 2-1/2″ screws.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Shelves 1 & 2-1

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Shelves 1 & 2-2

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the top panel and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter trim pieces as well as all four edges of the top panel. Secure the trim pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Place the top face down on a flat surface and position the leg assemblies as shown. Mark the position for the legs. Secure the leg assemblies in place using glue and 1-1/4″ countersunk screws.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Top 1

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Top 2

 

 

 

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Install the drawer box. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Drawer Fronts 1

 

DIY Landon Desk Plans-Drawer Fronts 2

Finish as desired!

The style of this desk will work in any space – home office, family room, kid or teen’s room, etc. The desk would also be great with any finish such as stain, “weathered”, or paint! Have any questions about the DIY Landon desk plans? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




Build a Vintage Style Desk

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk

Back to School is just around the corner, so why not build this great desk to get your student started off right? The DIY plans to build a vintage style desk feature a roomy top with four drawers. It is such an easy build, too!

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 4 sets of 14″ Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 6′
  • 5 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 half sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 full sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 29-1/2″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15″ – Side Frames
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 22-1/2″ – Side Panels
  • 2 – 2×2 at 28″ – Inner Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 15″ – Inner Leg Frame & Back Frame
  • 1 – 2×2 at 23-1/2″ – Back Frame
  • 2 – 2×2 at 40″ – Upper Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 22-1/2″ – Back Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 23-1/2″ – Back Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 40″ – Top
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 23-1/4″ – Divider
  • 7 – 1×2 at 15″ – Drawer Spacers
  • 3 – 2×2 at 15″ – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 2×2 at 23-1/2″ – Front Stretcher
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 21″ – Center Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 1×3 at 12-1/2″ – Center Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1×3 at 22-1/2″ – Center Drawer Front & Back
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Smaller & Larger Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 1×3 at 12-1/2″ – Smaller Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1×3 at 14″ – Smaller Drawer Front & Back
  • 4 – 1×6 at 12-1/2″ – Larger Drawer Sides
  • 4 – 1×6 at 14″ – Larger Drawer Front & Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 23-1/4″ – Center Drawer Front
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 14-3/4″ – Smaller Drawer Front
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 8″ x 14-3/4″ – Larger Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, the side frames, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces. Secure them to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material, and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure to the legs and frame pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panels will be flush with the outside face of the frame and legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the inner legs, inner leg frame, upper stretchers, and back frame. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the inner leg frame piece, upper stretchers, and back frame pieces, as well as one end only of each of the inner legs. Secure the upper stretchers as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws, then attach the inner legs to the upper stretchers using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Secure the remaining framing pieces as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-stretcherslegs

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the back panels. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Insert each panel into the corresponding frame, and secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panels will be flush with the outside face of the frames.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-back

Step Four

Cut the piece for the top and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the top to the upper stretchers and side frames using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the top panel will be flush with the top of the upper stretchers and side frames.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-top

Step Five

Cut the piece for the divider and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the divider to the inner legs and inner leg framing piece using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panel will be flush with the inner legs as shown.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-divider

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer spacers. Secure the spacers as shown to the inside of the left side panel and the inside of the divider using glue and 1-1/4″ countersunk screws. One spacer will be positioned on the inside of the right side panel at the same dimension as the upper spacer as shown.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-drawerspacers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-frontstretchers

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer box as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the legs. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Vintage Style Desk-drawers

Finish as desired!

What a great desk! Quick and easy – just the way we like it, right? If you have any questions about the DIY plans to build a vintage style desk, leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




Build an Ainsworth Desk

DIY Plans to Build the Ainsworth Desk – a Spacious Desk with Lots of Storage!

This is my dream desk and I am definitely building this one! It is so spacious with plenty of storage so I can hide my pens from certain “pen thieves”, my mass of paint color cards, plan drawings, notes, etc. I drew this plan to be customizable – in other words, I want mine to have three drawers on each side but that may not fit the needs of someone else. It can be built with two small drawers and two large drawers on either side, the center drawer can be turned into a shelf with a fold-down front for a computer keyboard, etc. There are tons of possibilities! I’m hoping to start on mine next week so stay tuned for a peek at that project! I have a couple other modifications up my sleeve that I think you may be interested in…

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Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 6 – sets of 24″ drawer slides
  • 6 – Cabinet pulls
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer and paint or stain, etc.)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  •  2 – sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 29-1/2″ – Legs
  • 4 – 1×3 at 25″ – Side Frames
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/4″ x 25″ – Side Panels
  • 5 – 1×3 at 25″ – Drawer Slide Supports
  • 2 – 1×3 at 61″ – Back Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at  12-1/4″ x 61″ – Back Panel
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 17-1/4″ x 27-1/4″ – Drawer Dividers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 27-1/4″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15-3/4″ – Drawer Stretchers
  • 3 – 1×2 at 15″ – Drawer Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 29-1/2″ – Center Drawer Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 26″ – Top Trim
  • 2 – 1×2 at 65″ – Top Trim
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 26″ x 62″ – Top
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ – Small Drawer Sides
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 14″ – Small Drawer Front & Back
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 27″ – Center Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ – Center Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ – Center Drawer Front & Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/4″ x 14-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10-5/8″ x 14-3/4″ – Large Drawer Front
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/4″ x 29-1/4″ – Center Drawer Front
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-1/4″ x 22-1/2″ – Large Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-1/4″ x 14″ – Large Drawer Front & Back

build ainsworth desk

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, side frames, and side panels. With a pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces as well as all four edges of the panels. Attach the frame pieces to the panels using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Attach the entire panel assembly to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the drawer slide spacers. Attach to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Sides

diy desk plans - ainsworth_Drawer Spacers

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the back frame and panel.  Drill pocket holes in each end of the frame pieces as well as all four edges of the panel. Attach the frame pieces to the panel using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Attach the entire panel assembly to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the drawer dividers. Drill pocket holes in the back edge of the piece as shown. Secure to the back panel using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Drawer Dividers

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the bottom and drill pocket holes in the sides edges as well as the back edge. Secure to the sides, the back, and the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Bottom

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers. The upper stretchers are cut 3/4″ longer and will have a 3/4″ x 3/4″ notch cut into one edge. Drill pocket holes in each end of the stretcher pieces noting that there will be a left and a right upper stretcher piece. Secure the stretchers as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Center Stretchers

diy desk plans - ainsworth_Drawer Stretchers

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the top and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the top, as well as each end of the shorter trim pieces. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Rout a decorative edge on the top, if desired. Position on the desk frame with 1/2″ overlapping all edges, then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces as well as all four edges of the bottom pieces. Assemble each drawer box as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For an easy “how-to” tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Sm Drawer BS  diy desk plans - ainsworth_Sm Drawer FB

diy desk plans - ainsworth_Lg Drawer BS  diy desk plans - ainsworth_Lg Drawer FB

diy desk plans - ainsworth_Center Drawer BS  diy desk plans - ainsworth_Center Drawer FB

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. There will be a 1/8″ gap around all sides of the drawer fronts in the openings. Mark the position for the cabinet pull on each drawer front and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening and drive screws through the holes into the drawer boxes. Open the drawer and secure the drawer front from the inside using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws. Remove the screws from the holes for the cabinet pulls and finish drilling the holes. Install the cabinet pulls.

 diy desk plans - ainsworth_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired!

I’m hoping these DIY plans to build the Ainsworth desk fit your needs like they do mine! I cannot wait to start on this project and already have a specific finish in mind! Hopefully, all will go well and Murphy will not come snooping around!




A Desk with a Unique Top

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door

I’d been meaning to create this desk for a long time – not that I needed another desk, but because I thought it might be a really interesting project! The DIY plans to build a desk with an old door feature three drawers under the top. For my desk, I used old table legs and just constructed a new frame incorporating the drawers. The drawers are quite narrow but are the perfect size for storing paper and small office or craft supplies. I utilized the bore for the doorknob as a sort of cord management and inserted a furniture grommet. This is a truly easy project and can be completed in a weekend!

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I used a solid slab door. A six panel or arch panel door can be used but a piece of tempered glass or Plexiglas will have to be used as a top.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Complete

Note that in the cut list a lot of the pieces will have to be measured before they are cut, especially if using table legs from a big-box home improvement store. The set I used measured 2-3/8″ square at the top.

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1″ brad nails
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • 4 – 30″ table legs
  • 3 sets of 18″ bottom mount drawer slides
  • 28″ hollow core interior door
  • 1″ angle brackets
  • Wall anchors with 1″ screws
  • Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 4 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 19-3/4″ – Side Framing
  • 1 – 1×4 at 70″ – Back Framing
  • 4 – 1×4 at 4″ – Front Framing
  • 6 – 1×4 at 21″ – Front Framing Supports (Measure before cutting!)
  • 3 – 1×4 at 18″ – Drawer Supports (Measure before cutting!)
  • 3 – 1×2 at 18″ – Front Drawer Supports (Measure before cutting!)
  • 6 – 1×2 at 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides (Measure before cutting!)
  • 6 – 1×2 at 17″ – Drawer Box Front & Back (Measure before cutting!)
  • 3 – 1/4″ plywood at 17″ x 18″ – Drawer Box Bottom (Measure before cutting!)
  • 3 – 1×4 (ripped to 3-3/8″ wide) at 17-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts (Measure before cutting!)

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the side framing. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Position the framing approximately 5/8″ away from the inside face of each leg.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Sides

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the back to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, positioning the back approximately 5/8″ away from the inside face of each leg.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Back

Step Three

Measure and cut the pieces for the front framing and the front framing supports. Drill pocket holes in one end only of two of the front framing pieces (the 4″ long pieces). These pieces will be secured to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, positioning the back approximately 5/8″ away from the inside face of the leg.

Drill pocket holes in each end of the front framing supports. These are pieces to which the drawer slides will attach. Secure the two of the supports to each of the remaining front framing pieces (the 4″ pieces). Secure the remaining support pieces to the two front framing pieces that are already attached to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the back edge of the supports to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the remaining front framing and supports as shown, adjusting as necessary. Secure the supports to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Supports 1

Step Four

Measure and cut the pieces for the 1×2 and 1×4 drawer supports. Drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the 1×2 pieces to the supports just behind the front framing (3/4″) to allow for the drawer fronts using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the 1×4 pieces at the back of the supports using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Supports 2

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Frame

Step Five

Install the drawer slides on the supports according to the manufacturer’s instructions, locating them 3/4″ back from the front face of the front framing.

Before cutting the pieces for the drawers, measure between the drawer slides to determine the width of the drawers. The measurement should be 1″ narrower than the overall opening. Make any adjustments to the cut list for the drawers as necessary, and cut the pieces for the drawers including the bottom.

Drill pocket holes in each end of the sides. Secure the sides of the drawers to the front and back pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Cut the 1/4″ plywood to fit the bottom of the drawers securing in place using glue and 1″ brad nails.

Install the drawer slides on the bottom of the drawers and check the fit. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Drawer Box

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Drawer Bottom

Step Six

Measure the opening for each drawer front and subtract 1/4″ from the length. Mark the position for the drawer pull on the drawer front and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap at each side and a 1/8″ gap at the top – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. The bottom of the drawer front will be aligned with the bottom of the front framing pieces. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front from the inside of the drawer box using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here. Remove the drawers to install the top.

Finish the frame and the door as desired.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Drawer Fronts

Step Seven

Because the top (the door) is hollow, I secured the door to the frame using 1″ angle brackets and wall anchors.

Lay the top face down on a flat work surface, then position the frame on top of it. If the doorknob bore is going to be used for cord management, the back of the frame will need to clear the hole. In other words, the hole will be to the outside of the back of the frame. Attach the angle brackets to the frame, not to the door – yet! Use enough to securely hold the door in place. Once all of the angle brackets are attached to the frame, mark the position of the holes in the brackets on the door. Drill a hole large enough to drive a wall anchor into the door, then install the anchors. Position the frame with the brackets over the wall anchors and drive a screw through the hole in each bracket into the anchors in the door.

Re-install the drawers.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Top

I used patterned paper and Mod Podge (which wrinkled a little bit) to cover the door that I used. I painted the edges and back side. For the frame and drawer fronts, I spray painted them (Lagoon satin!). The legs were actually already a peacock blue because they were part of my old dining room table.

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Finished

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Top Close Up

DIY Plans to Build a Desk with an Old Door_Drawer Lining

Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a desk with an old door? Leave a comment below!




A Beautiful Space-Saving Desk

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Wall Mounted Desk

I love this desk… It is simple and the perfect piece with a modern touch. The DIY furniture plans to build a Wide Wall Mounted Desk feature angled sides and three cubbies under the top plus it will mount on a wall (on a 2×4 cleat screwed into studs) at any height you choose. A hole can be drilled at one end toward the back for cord management. This quick and easy desk can be constructed out of one sheet of plywood making it a super-economical project!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Copy

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Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • 3-1/2″ or 4″ screws
  • Edge banding
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Table Saw or Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw, optional
  • Drill
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Iron for edge banding
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2×4 at 4′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 20-1/2″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 41″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 41″ – Back
  • 3 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 15-3/4″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 42-1/2″ – Top
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 41″ – Under Shelf Support
  • 1 – 2×4 at 40-1/2″ – Cleat (to hang desk)

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk

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Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the sides. Cut the angle in the sides using a circular saw or a jigsaw.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Sides

Step Two

Cut the piece for the shelf. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shelf piece. Secure the shelf to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Shelf

Step Three

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the back to the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Locate the back 1-1/2″ forward of the back edge of the shelf. This will allow the desk to fit over the cleat that will be mounted to the wall. Add a few brad nails through the underside of the shelf into the lower edge of the back.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Back

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the dividers. Secure the dividers to the shelf and back using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Dividers

Step Five

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the sides, back and dividers using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Top

Step Six

Cut the piece for the under shelf support. Drill pocket holes in the side edges as well as one long edge. Secure the support to the sides and shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. This piece will add support to the shelf to keep it from sagging and will also keep the sides from splaying out.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Wide Floating Desk - Under Shelf Support

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the cleat. The cleat will be installed on the wall using 3-1/2″ or 4″ screws through the cleat into wall studs. For maximum support, secure the cleat to at least two wall studs. Locate the cleat at the height desired minus 3/4″. Position the desk over the cleat (the cleat will fit between the top and the shelf) and secure in place using 3-1/2″ or 4″ screws through the top of the desk into the top edge of the cleat. Note that the desk is not for sitting or standing on but will support a computer, speakers, books, etc. 

This desk is perfect for a kitchen nook, dining room or entryway. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Wide Wall Mounted Desk? Leave a comment below.




Ready for a New Desk? Give This One a Try…

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk

This desk is a really simple build… The DIY furniture plans to build a Mena Hutch Desk feature two large drawers, with a small hutch attached to the top with two drawers in the hutch. There is also a notch cut into the back of the hutch to allow for power cords. As usual, this plan can be completed in a weekend.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 2 sets of 20″ drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×8 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×10 at 4′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 29-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×6 at 20-1/2″ – Desk Sides
  • 1 – 1×6 at 38″ – Desk Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 38″ – Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 1×6 at 22″ – Desk Divider
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 24″ x 42″ – Desk Top
  • 2 – 1×8 at 8″ – Hutch Sides
  • 1 – 1×8 at 39-1/2″ – Hutch Shelf
  • 2 – 1×8 at 3-5/8″ – Hutch Dividers
  • 1 – 1×10 (ripped to 7-3/4″ wide) at 42″ – Hutch Top
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 8-3/4″ x 40-1/4″ – Hutch Back
  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 16-1/8″ – Desk Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4″ wide) at 20″ – Desk Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 16-5/8″ x 19″ – Desk Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 1×6 (ripped to 3-3/4″ wide) at 18-3/8″ – Desk Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 1×4 at 5″ – Hutch Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5″ x 8-3/8″ – Hutch Drawer Bottom
  • 4 – 1×4 at 9-7/8″ – Hutch Drawer Front & Back

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the taper in the bottom of the legs using a jigsaw.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Desk Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the desk sides. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the sides to the legs (with the tapers facing to the same side as the pocket holes in the sides) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the sides will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Desk Sides

Step Three

Cut the piece for the desk back and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the back to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the back will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Desk Back

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pieces so that on one piece, the pocket holes face up and on the other piece the pocket holes face down.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Front Stretchers

Step Five

Cut the piece for the desk divider. Cut the notches using a jigsaw, and drill pocket holes in the opposite end. Secure the divider to the desk back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Add a few brad nails through the stretchers into the top and bottom of the divider.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Desk Divider 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Desk Divider 2

Step Six

Cut the piece for the desk top. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to securing it to the frame. The sides and front overhang by 1/2″. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Desk Top

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the hutch sides and drill pocket holes in one end of each piece. Secure the sides to the desk top – positioning the sides so they are 1/2″ in from the side edge of the desk top – using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Hutch Sides

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the hutch shelf and dividers. Secure the dividers to the shelf using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

Secure the shelf to the hutch sides using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails through the sides into the shelf.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Hutch Shelf 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Hutch Shelf 2

Step Nine

Cut the piece for the hutch top. The top will overhang the sides and front by 1/2″. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Hutch Top

Step Ten

Cut the piece for the hutch back. Cut a notch in the back using a jigsaw. The notch can be any size or shape desired. Secure the back to the hutch using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Hutch Back

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the desk drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Drawer 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Drawer 2

Step Twelve

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Drawer 3

Step Thirteen

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides and divider.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Drawer 4

Step Fourteen

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Drawer Fronts

Step Fifteen

Cut the pieces for the hutch drawers. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. Secure the front and back to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. There will be a 1/8″ gap at the top and a 1/16″ gap at each side of the hutch drawers in the openings. Install the drawer pulls.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Upper Drawers 1

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Upper Drawers 2

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mena Hutch Desk-Upper Drawers 3

Finish as desired.

This desk is the perfect addition to any room and can help keep essentials organized in style! have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Mena Hutch Desk? Leave a comment below!




Another Fabulous Desk That Is Easy to Build!

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk

I love the shape of this desk! The DIY plans to build a Brantley Desk feature two drawers on each side that are sort of recessed back from the center drawer and legs. This fabulous desk is really easy to build and can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 5 sets of 14″ drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×12 at 6′
  • 4 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 29-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×12 at 13″ – Outer Side Panels
  • 2 – 1×12 at 15-1/2″ – Inner Side Panels
  • 12 – 1×2 at 15″ – Outer Stretchers
  • 4 – 1×2 at 24″ – Center Stretchers
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 10-7/8″ x 58-1/2″ – Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15-1/2″ – Drawer Slide Spacers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 61″ – Top
  • 8 – 1×3 at 12-1/2″ – Outer Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 8 – 1×3 at 14″ – Outer Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 1/4″ plywood at 13″ x 13″ – Outer Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×3 at 21-1/2″ – Center Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – 1×3 at 14″ – Center Drawer Box Sides
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 13″ x 22″ – Center Drawer Box Bottom
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-1/4″ x 14-3/4″ – Outer Drawer Fronts
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-1/4″ x 23-3/4″ – Center Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs as well as the inner and outer side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the side panels. Secure the side panels to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Side Assemblies

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the outer stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the outer stretchers to the legs of the outer side assemblies using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front edge of the stretchers will be flush with the outside faces of the legs. Treat each assembly as a right and a left.

Secure the stretchers to the inner side assemblies using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The stretchers will be flush the back legs of the inner side assemblies, and will be set back 2-1/2″ from the front legs, secured to the inner side panels. (See the drawings.)

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Outer Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the center stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the inner legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Center Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Back

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the drawer side spacers. The spacers will be positioned above the lower center stretchers, between the legs and directly on the inner side panel. Secure the spacers to the inner side panels using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Drawer Slide Spacers

Step Six

Cut the piece for the top. The top will be flush at the back, and will over hang the sides and front by 1/2″. Secure the top using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Top 1

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Top 2

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Outer Drawers 1

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Outer Drawers 2

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Outer Drawers 3

Step Nine

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Outer Drawers 4

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Outer Drawer Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Brantley Desk-Center Drawer Front

Finish as desired.

This desk can also be used as a console table behind a sofa or in an entryway. It would also be great as storage in a dining room! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Brantley Desk? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Desk Perfect for Crafting or Studying

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk

This simple desk is the perfect addition to a craft room, a kid’s room, or a home office… The DIY plans to build an Open Shelf Desk feature two shelves on each side with a drawer on top and a narrow center drawer. The plans are drawn to make the most out of a sheet of plywood. This awesome desk can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • 3 sets of 16″ Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 5 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 29-1/4″ – Legs
  • 8 – 1×2 at 12″ – Shelf Framing
  • 8 – 1×2 at 15″ – Shelf Framing
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 18″ – Shelves
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x  15″ – Sides
  • 4 – 1×2 at 12″ – Outer Side Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15″ – Drawer Slide Spacers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 24″ – Center Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 24″ – Center Front Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18-1/2″ x 55″ – Top
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 3″ x 9-1/2″ – Outer Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 3″ x 14″ – Outer Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 10″ x 13″ – Outer Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 1-3/4″ x 14″ – Center Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 1-3/4″ x 21-1/2″ – Center Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 10″ x 22″ – Center Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Outer Drawer Box Fronts
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 23-3/4″ – Center Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk

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Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the shelf framing. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the framing pieces will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

There will be two leg assemblies made.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Shelf Frame 1

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Cut the notches using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Secure the shelf to the framing using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Shelf 2

Step Three

Secure the second set of shelf framing to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the second shelf to the framing using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Shelf Frame 2

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Shelf 3

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the sides and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the sides to the upper portion of the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside faces of the sides will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Sides

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the back and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the back to the upper portion of the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the back will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Back

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the outer stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Stretchers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer slide spacers. Secure the spacers to one side of each leg assembly (as a left and a right) using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Drawer Spacers

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the center back and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the back to the upper portion of each of the leg assemblies using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the back will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Center Back

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the center front stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the upper portion of each of the leg assemblies using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Center Stretchers

Step Ten

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overhang the sides and the front by 1/2″. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Top

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the drawer box sides, front, and back. Cut the groove in the bottom edge of each piece at 1/4″ wide by 1/4″ deep using a table saw or a router and a straight bit. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the drawer box front and back pieces on the opposite side as the groove. Make sure that the pocket holes will not interfere with the groove. Secure the sides to the back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Drawer 1

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Drawer 2

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Center Drawer 1

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Center Drawer 2

Step Twelve

Cut the piece for the drawer bottom. Slide the bottom into the grooves in the sides and back. The piece should fit snugly but not too tight.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Drawer 3

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Center Drawer 3

Step Thirteen

Insert the front edge of the drawer box bottom into the groove on the drawer box front. Secure the drawer box front to the drawer box sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Outer Drawer 4

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Center Drawer 4

Step Fourteen

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Drawer Fronts 1

DIY Plans to Build an Open Shelf Desk-Drawer Fronts 2

Finish as desired.

This desk is the perfect project for those new to woodworking as well as those looking for an easy project. The desk would also make a fabulous gift for the upcoming holiday season! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build an Open Shelf Desk? Leave a comment below!




A Simple Desk Perfect for Back to School

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk

This ultra-simple desk is perfect for any student going back to school. The DIY plans to build a Torrie Shelf Desk feature two shelves on one side, and a wide opening for a chair on the other side. This is a great plan for any skill level and can be completed in a weekend.

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 2′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 29-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×2 ar 16-1/2″ – Shelf Framing
  • 2 – 1×2 at 17″ – Shelf Framing
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/2″ x 20″ – Shelves
  • 1 – 1×6 at 17″ – Opposite Leg Assembly
  • 1 – 1×2 at 17″ – Opposite Leg Assembly
  • 2 – 2×2 at 29-1/4″ – Opposite Leg Assembly
  • 2 – 1×2 at 26″ – Connector Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21″ x 48″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk

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Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the shelf framing pieces and the legs. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside faces of the stretchers will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Legs & Stretchers

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Cut the notches in each corner with a jigsaw, and drill pocket holes in the notches as shown using a portable pocket hole jig.

Secure the shelves to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Shelves 1

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Shelves 2

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the opposite leg assembly. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 and 1×6 pieces. Secure the pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back faces will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Leg Assembly

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the connector stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the leg assembly and the shelf assembly as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Connector Stretchers

Step Five

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overhang the entire desk frame by 1/2″ on all sides. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top into the legs, framing, and connectors.

DIY Plans to Build a Torrie Shelf Desk_Top

Finish as desired.

The shelves in this desk are the perfect size for a printer or baskets for office supplies. This would also be a great desk for crafting! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Torrie Shelf Desk? Leave a comment below!




The Perfect Desk for a Jewelry Maker

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler’s Desk

Let me start off with a warning for these plans: this piece of furniture has a lot of drawers. Eighteen of them, to be exact and the plans will require eighteen sets of ball-bearing drawer slides (eBay is a great source for a deal on drawer slides!). Don’t let the number of drawers deter you from these fabulous plans! The DIY plans to build a Jeweler’s Desk feature seven drawers on each side (one set is wider than the other), two center drawers, and two wide and flat center drawers.  The top has a lip around the edge, and the desk is quite tall making it easier to work while standing!

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 18 sets of 18″ drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 3 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 6 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 8 – 2×2 at 38″ – Legs
  • 8 – 2×2 at 17″ – Side Framing
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 17″ x 31″ – Side Panels
  • 8 – 1×2 at 14″ – Wider Drawer Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×2 at 14″ – Wider Drawer Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 31-3/4″ – Wider Drawer Back Panel
  • 8 – 1×2 at 10″ – Narrower Drawer Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×2 at 10″ – Narrower Drawer Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 10″ x 31-3/4″” – Narrower Drawer Back Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-1/2″ x 30″ – Center Back
  • 1 – 1×2 at 30″ – Center Stretcher
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 19-1/4″ – Center Drawer Divider
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-1/4″ x 31-1/2″ – Upper Center Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20″ x 31-1/2″ – Lower Center Shelf
  • 2 – 1×2 at 17″ – Upper Center Drawer Slide Spacers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 17″ – Lower Center Drawer Slide Spacers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 63-1/2″ – Top
  • 2 – 1×4 at 22-1/2″ – Top Side Lip
  • 1 – 1×4 at 65″ – Top Back Lip
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/8″ x 16-1/2″ – Upper Center Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-1/2″ x 27-1/2″ – Lower Center Drawer Box Bottom
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/4″ x 16-1/2″ – Upper Center Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 2″ x 16-1/2″ – Lower Center Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/4″ x 13-5/8″ – Upper Center Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2″ x 29″ – Lower Center Drawer Box Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 14-3/8″ – Upper Center Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/4″ x 29-3/4″ – Lower Center Drawer Fronts
  • 7 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ – Narrow Drawer Box Bottom
  • 10 – 3/4″ plywood at 3″ x 16-1/2″ – Narrow Drawer Box Sides (Lower)
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x  16-1/2″ – Narrower Drawer Box Sides (Upper)
  • 10 – 3/4″ plywood at 3″ x 9″ – Narrower Drawer Box Front & Back (Lower)
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 9″ – Narrower Drawer Box Front & Back (Upper)
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 9-1/4″ – Narrower Drawer Fronts (Lower)
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/8″ x 9-1/4″ – Narrower Drawer Fronts (Upper)
  • 7 – 3/4″ plywood at 11-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ – Wider Drawer Box Bottom
  • 10 – 3/4″ plywood at 3″ x 16-1/2″ – Wider Drawer Box Sides (Lower)
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at at 2-3/4″ x  16-1/2″ – Wider Drawer Box Sides (Upper)
  • 10 – 3/4″ plywood at 3″ x 13″ – Wider Drawer Box Front & Back (Lower)
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 13″ – Wider Drawer Box Front & Back (Upper)
  • 5 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 13-3/4″ – Wider Drawer Fronts (Lower)
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-3/8″ x 13-3/4″ – Wider Drawer Fronts (Upper)

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces for the legs, the side framing, and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 framing pieces. Secure the 2×2 pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panels. Secure the panel to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the panels will be flush with the inside faces of the framing and legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper stretchers, lower stretchers, the center legs, and the back for both the wider drawer cabinet and the narrow drawer cabinet. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 lower stretchers. Secure the 2×2 pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. When securing the pieces to the side panels, a close quarter drill or right angle drill attachment may be needed.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 stretchers. Secure the one of the 1×2 pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes so they face up and will be hidden by the top.

Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the back panel. Secure the panel to the legs and framing pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The inside face of the panels will be flush with the inside faces of the framing and legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Wider Drawer Back

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Narrow Drawer Back

Step Three

Secure the front stretchers to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (for the 1x2s) and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (for the 2x2s). The pocket holes on the uppermost stretcher will face up and be hidden by the top while the pocket holes for the remaining pieces will face down.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Wider Drawer Stretchers

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Narrow Drawer Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the back. Drill pocket holes in the side edges as well as one long edge for the bottom. Secure the sides to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face (with the pocket holes) will be flush with the outside face of the legs.

Drill pocket holes in each end of the center front stretcher. Secure the stretcher to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws orienting the pocket holes so they face up and will be hidden by the top.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Back

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the upper shelf and divider, cutting the notches with a jigsaw. Drill pocket holes in the side and back edges of the shelf (these are not shown in the drawing). Secure the divider to the top face of the shelf using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the bottom of the shelf into the divider.

Position the shelf and divider as shown, securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Add a few brad nails through the back and through the front stretcher into the divider.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer Upper Shelf 1

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer Upper Shelf 2

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer Upper Shelf 3

Step Six

Cut the piece for the lower center shelf. Drill pocket holes in the side and back edges of the shelf (these are not shown in the drawing). Position the shelf as shown (the shelf will fit under the back piece), securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Add a few pocket hole screws through the back into the back edge of the lower shelf.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer Lower Shelf 2

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer slide spacers. Secure the spacers to the middle leg panels (on each side of the center shelves) as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer Spacers

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the top and the top trim. Secure the side trim to the top first, using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then secure the back trim. The top will overhang the cabinet by 2-1/2″ at the sides and front, and 3/4″ at the back. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Top 1

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Top 2

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the center drawer boxes. The two flat center drawer boxes are assembled a bit differently than the remaining drawers. Starting with the upper center drawer boxes, drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces for the sides as well as all four edges of the bottoms. Assemble the drawer boxes by securing the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then secure the front and the back with glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

For the lower center drawer boxes, drill pocket holes in one end of the side pieces, as well as the sides and back edge of the drawer bottom. (It will be a three-sided drawer box.) Secure the sides using glue and  1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then secure the back with glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Install the drawer slides for the upper center drawer boxes, locating them 3/4″ back from the front face of the legs.

Install the drawer slides for the lower center drawer boxes, locating them 3/4″ back from the front face of the legs. The drawer slides for these drawer boxes will be located 2-3/8″ down from the back face of the upper shelf and 1/8″ above the top face of the lower shelf.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer FB

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the legs. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Wide Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Narrow Drawers BS

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts except for the lower center drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

For the lower center drawer fronts, There will be a 1/8″ gap at the sides and top or bottom, as well as a 1/4″ gap between the drawer fronts. Position the lower drawer front on the lower shelf over the three-sided drawer box, and secure to the drawer box using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the drawer front into the side and bottom edges of the drawer box.

Position the remaining drawer front, securing in place with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the drawer front into the side and bottom edges of the drawer box.

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Center Drawer Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Jeweler's Desk_Side Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired, then install the drawer pulls.

This desk is also a great option as an artist’s table, or as a craft station! This is a simple build and can be completed in a weekend, especially if the drawer boxes are tag-teamed! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Jeweler’s Desk? Leave a comment below!