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How To Make A Simple Modern Desk
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For your home a desk is a necessity. Often you want to keep your things or have a cup of tea on your desk. We are sharing with you a simple, modern desk. This is very easy and simple to make. You can have a table lamp on it and can use it as a study table too. This is a lightweight table and you can carry it in your home from one place to another very easily. You just need a little experience in making the woodworking projects. The material and tools should be purchased from a trustworthy shopkeeper.

​Is it not interesting to make suitable designs in your table according to your demand? Yes, it is. You can do simple alterations according to your wish in your own desk. So, start building a simple, modern desk in your home by yourself. In this tutorial, you can see a very detailed procedure. Every step in this tutorial is explained in a simple way and that is very easy to understand. If you are ready, then let’s get started. You just need a total of 2/3of the sheet of plywood for making the top. So, are you ready to make your own simple modern desk?

For this, you need to have an intermediate level of knowledge about operating woodcutter, miter saw, and hand saw.

Items Needed for this Project

Here is the list of materials and tools you will need to complete this DIY woodworking project.

The Top

  • 2/3rd sheet of plywood
  • A-1 @ 26” x 40” inches


  • B-4 @ 27 ¾” x 4” (Legs)
  • C-4 21 1/2” x 4” (Legs)
  • D-4 @ 6x4”, 45 degrees (Leg Brackets)
  • [email protected] 13” x 1 1/2”, 45 degree, ( support brackets)
  • F-2 @ 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" (underneath support)

Edge Banding Strips

  • G-3/4” (wood, metal or any other material)
  • Wood Glue
  • Wax Polish
  • White Paint
  • Polish

Tools Required

  • Brush (small)
  • Steel Wool
  • Tape
  • Table Saw
  • Drilling Machine
  • Nails
  • Hand Gloves

If you can easily manage them by yourself, then its good. On the other hand, always purchase the material from a reliable shopkeeper. The quality of your material does matter. You can buy this material from a nearby hardware store. If you are not sure about the required material then just search it from the internet. You can find the relative material.

Step By Step Instructions

In the following is the step by step procedure that is mentioned. Just carefully read it and follow these steps.

Step 1: Making the Top

Start making the desk by cutting the plywood into long pieces on the table saw.

Then take the wooden top and apply the tape over it, this is applied for dividing the table into parts for making designs.

Apply the polish with the steel wool on the top and on the different sections of the table. First, apply one color and then remove the tape.

Apply the new tape and reapply the polish on the remaining two parts.

Remove the tape and then continue polishing on the whole table to make it smooth and realistic.

Let it dry for one day and on the other day start doing polish with a brush and you should use Lyca for making the surface glossy.

Let it dry for some time.

Pro Tips

  • Just be careful while using the table saw.
  • Carefully apply the tape on the top of the desk, and the tape should be in a straight line.
  • While applying the polish, be careful that one color should not merge with the other.
  • Dry the table as it is compulsory.
  • Make the surface glossy to give it a decent and modern look.

Step 2: Building the Base

Attach the B and C wooden pieces together to make a box.

Apply the wood glue on the pieces and with the help of drill machine makes holes and fix the nails in them.

Then put on the leg brackets on the opposite sides.

Insert nails on the sides to give them strength.

The two legs are ready and now you have to paint them.

Use the white paint while painting the legs of the desk.

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Let the paint dry for some time.

Pro Tips

  • While applying the wood glue the quantity of glue should not be so much that it comes out.
  • Join the two pieces carefully.
  • While using the drill machine and the nails, be careful as it needs care.
  • Have gloves while painting the desk.
  • The paint should be smoothly done and it should cover all sides.
  • Give some time to the paint for drying.

Step 3: Assembling

Screw the legs to the top by keeping the legs on the back of the top.

Attach the underneath brackets first with the help of drill machine and nails.

Screw the middle bracket with the legs and the underneath brackets for giving it support.

Then paint the leg brackets with white paint.

Let the paint dry.

Pro Tips

  • Check after screwing the legs on the top that it has fixed properly or not.
  • Just be careful while using the drill machine and nails.
  • The paint should be smooth and it should cover all sides.
  • Give some time for the paint to be dried out.

Step 4: Making the Edges

Take the aluminum strips and by using the second option mentioned in the tutorial, attach them to the edges of the table.

Attach these strips with the help of a drill machine and nails.

Pro Tips

  • Carefully use the drill machine.
  • Measure the strips properly.

Step 5: Finishing

After completing it make the surface of the top smooth with a steel wool and wax polish.

Let the polish dry.

Pro Tips

  • When you apply the wax polish, apply it firmly on all sides.
  • Give some time for the polish to dry.
  • Use gloves while applying the polish.

Youtube Video

This link is taken from the tutorial mentioned in this article. In this tutorial there is a step by step procedure mentioned and this inspired me to write about it. Darbin Orvar has created and uploaded this video. Following is the link of this video. Just have a look at it. This is a great video which has guided us in a very professional way on the building of a simple desk.

Helpful Tips

Do not put wet objects on the desk for so long.

Remove the stain immediately if you have put a cup of tea on it.

Do not allow your children to jump on the table.

Always use gloves while painting and polishing the desk.

If it is broken, mend it immediately.

Do not put it in direct sunlight.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. This simple, modern desk is very easy and simple to make. You can make it in your home very easily. If you want to share this video with your friends and family members, you can. Let us inform with your views and your comments if you liked this tutorial. This simple desk can be easily carried from one place to another. You can also make it a study table and in the evening you can have a cup of tea on it. The making of the desk is so easy that you just need the necessary guidance on woodworking and you can start making this desk. Share this video on the social sites too.

So, get some ideas and skills of woodworking and select it as your first project. Start making the simple, modern desk and share your experience with your friends and family members. If you want to ask any query you are free to ask. We are here to guide you.

Additional Resources

  • May 3, 2017
  • DIY