This step by step diy woodworking project is about office desk plans. If you want to learn more about building a corner desk, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are so many desk plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the related woodworking projects that are featured on our website. More desk plans HERE.
Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the desk to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.
If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.
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Office desk plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 11 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 44″ long BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 17″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 17″x25″ long, 1 piece – 17″x34 1/2″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 12″x21″ long, 1 piece – 12″x15 1/2″ long SIDES
- D – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 17″x48″ long TOP
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 28″ long, 2 pieces – 14″ long LEGS
- Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
- One Day
Building an office desk
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the office desk. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to cut the components out of 3/4″ plywood. Take accurate measurements and invest in high quality materials. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues before locking them together. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical components. Align the components with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws into place.
Build the shelf out of 3/4″ plywood and smooth the edges before fitting it into place. Make sure the corners are square and place a spirit level on top of the shelf before locking it into place, in order to make sure it is perfectly horizontal. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure.
Continue the woodworking project by attaching the side components to the structure. Cut the components at the right size and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the components into place and insert 1 1/4″ screws in order to create rigid joints. In addition, we recommend you to add waterproof glue to the joints and to remove the excess by using a damp cloth.
Fit the middle shelf in order to enhance the storage space for your office desk. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the plywood piece and fit it into place, as described in the diagram. Make sure the corners are square, align the components with attention and secure the shelf to the structure by using 1 1/4″ screws.
Build the base of the desk out of 1×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and secure them to the perpendicular slats by insert 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws. Drill pocket holes along the bottom edges of the base and center it to the desk, as seen in the image. Insert 1 1/4″ screws into the bottom of the desk and add glue to create a durable bond between the components.
After building the storage unit for the office desk, you need to make the L-shaped side of the structure. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×2 lumber, as described in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the top and bottom components and secure them to the vertical legs by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Attach the tabletop to the structure, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the top support of the legs and insert 2″ galvanized screws into the desktop. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and make sure the top is perfectly horizontal. In addition, drill pilot holes through the top of the storage unit and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular plywood top.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.
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