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Wood work is gaining popularity day by day. So much so that people have started making wooden furniture at home to fill the spaces of their homes. Wooden furniture gives your house a very classy and elegant look. The design, finish, style, everything is just perfect. The best thing about wood work is that if you have all the right tools, it becomes very to complete your project in time with the correct measurement. Tables and chairs can be easily made, even if you are a first timer. Nowadays, you can remotely work from sitting at home.

Some jobs require for you to sit and work at home and sometimes people take off from work and work from home for a day. Sure, you can work easily on your comfortable sofas or bed, but you eventually get tired of sitting on them with the laptop in your lap. I thought I needed a good work space of my own. This is when I surfed the internet and found these amazing work desks.

But the problem was that they were very expensive and out of my range. I thought, “Why not build one myself?” There it was! I saw some tutorials and created my own work desk. I saw many tutorials but none of them were very detailed. So this is a very descriptive article which is totally about how to make a work desk for yourself that doesn’t take up much space and gives your house a fantastic look within a good range. So, let us get started!

Items Needed for this Project


Here is a list of materials that you will need before starting your project. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything and have the correct sized planks of wood mentioned below.

  • 3/4 x 27 x 27 1/4" plywood (side)
  • 3/4 x 4 x 16 1/2" plywood (rail)
  • 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 27 1/4" plywood (bottom)
  • 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 18" plywood (blocking)
  • 3/4 x 18 x 27" plywood (panel)
  • 3/4 x 27 x 33" plywood (modesty panel)
  • 3/4 x 3 3/16" x poplar (base molding)
  • 24 ft. 3/8 x 1 1/16" pine (base trim)
  • 50 ft. 11/16 x 1 5/8" pine (panel molding)
  • 3/4 x 4 x 28 3/4" plywood (support strip)
  • 3/4 x 4 x 61" plywood (support strip)
  • 3/4 x 4 x 20 3/4" plywood (support strip)
  • 3/4 x 29 3/4 x 70" plywood (top)
  • 3/4 x 3/4 x 71 1/2" poplar (edge band)
  • 3/4 x 3/4 x 31 1/4" poplar (edge band)
  • 3/4 x 3/4" pine (cove molding)
  • 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 15" plywood (drawer front)
  • 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 15" plywood (drawer front)
  • 1/2 x 3 x 28 1/2" plywood (drawer front)
  • 1/2 x 4 x 15" plywood (drawer back)
  • 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 15" plywood (drawer back)
  • 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 28 1/2" plywood (drawer back, partition)
  • 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 20" plywood (drawer side)
  • 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 26" plywood (drawer side)
  • 1/2 x 3 x 20" plywood (drawer side)
  • 1/4 x 15 x 18 3/4" plywood (drawer bottom)
  • 1/4 x 15 x 24 3/4" plywood (drawer bottom)
  • 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 28 1/2" plywood (drawer bottom)
  • 3/4 x 5 9/16 x 18" plywood (drawer face)
  • 3/4 x 11 1/8 x 18" plywood (drawer face)
  • 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 32 3/4" plywood (drawer face)

Tools Required

Following is the list of tools that will come handy while completing your project. All the tools are very important to have.

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1/4″ wide flat reed splints
  • Regular office stapler
  • 5/8″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Sanding Block
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Wood Shaping tools
  • Trimming machinery
  • Hand scrapper
  • Wood filler
  • Polyurethane
  • Screw Driver
  • Drilling Machine
  • Inch Tape
  • Pencil for Marking
  • HammerIron-on Veneer Tape
  • Jointer
  • Measuring tape – for all the measurements of the bed.
  • Saw – wood cutting or metal doweling.
  • Router – Optional. You can use this to make the board edges round though.
  • Palm sander – there is a lot of wood you need to the sander. You will need this.
  • Drill – a must have to drill holes.

Additional Tools

These additional tools are helpers for you to finish your project off nicely. Others help to protect you from the dangers of working with wood.

  • Safety glasses – to avoid eyes full of wood splinters and dust.
  • Dusk mask – dust from most types of woods can be dangerous for either your sinuses or your lungs.
  • Nail gun – optional. You could also use a hammer.
  • Paint brush and sponge – Stain is easily applied with a sponge and Varathane requires a good paint brush for good application.

The tools and other stuff are easily available at local hardware stores at reasonable prices. You can also make purchases online but make sure that it is a trusted buyer in that case. You can also rent out the tools from some shops.

Step by Step Instructions

You need a good guide while working on projects like these. Woodwork can be very challenging at times. If you have the good assistance of what you need and how much of it do you need, you can finish the task very easily within no time.

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting the Wood


To get the right size of the woodcuts, you need to have the correct measurements so that each piece of the wood falls into place. If you fail to get the measurements right, you might end up with a disaster instead of a table. So the final cut list of the desk in mentioned below.

· 2 – 2×4 at 35″ – Back and Front Legs

· 1 – 2×2 at 16″ - support for base

· 1 – 1″ round dowel at 16-1/2″ – bottom Stretcher

· 2 – 1×3 at 16″ – Back

· 1 – 1×4 at 16″ – Upper Back

· 2 – 2×2 at 18-1/4″ – support for Legs

· 1 – 2×2 at 16″ – BASE.

· 1 – 1″ round dowel at 16-1/2″

· 2 – 2×2 at 16″ – Side Stretchers

· 2 – 1″ round dowels at 16-1/2″

· 1 – 2×2 at 16″ – Center Stretcher

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to have the cut outs exactly of the same measurements as listed above
  • Use a wood-friendly pencil to make marks on the wooden planks
  • You should know exactly where to make the cuts

Step 2: Shaping The Planks And Legs


After you are done cutting the wood, it is time to shape it. Shaping the planks means making its edges smooth and plain for any further experiment on them such as painting and joining. You should use a steady table when you work on cutting and shaping so that the pieces don’t move while you cut or shape them.

Pro Tips

  • You can also work on the surface of the floor instead of a table.
  • Use a wooden hand sander to shape the pieces because they are easier to handle.
  • A jointer can also be used for this, but since you are making cuts with professional machinery, you’ll only need to give it a smooth finishing touch

Step 3: Compilation


Once you are done with designing the layout, cutting and shaping the woods for your desk, it is now time to join them. The first thing that you need to do is prepare the base. Prepare the rectangular base with one side open. Join 2 2x2 at 16” with the help of a single 1x2 at 8”.

Pro Tips

  • You can join the base planks together by using wood glue.
  • You can also use screws and a drill machine of the same bit (one inch bit preferably) compatible to the size of a screw
  • Enclose them in clamps if you join them with glue so that this is no room for the gap between them.

Step 4: Joining The Legs To The Base


You already have the legs cut out and placed aside, all you have to do is make dowel hole inside them and join them at the bottom of your table’s base.

Pro Tips

  • You can also use the 2-1 or 2″ pocket hole screws.
  • You won’t need to fill it with wood filler because the tiny dents will already be facing downwards.

Step 5: Making the Drawers


· 1/2" or 5/8" plywood for sides

· 1/4" plywood or tempered hardwood for bottoms

· (8) Pocket Hole Screws (per box)

Use the same technique you used to settle the base. Provided above are the measurements for making cuts outs for the drawers. Plywood is easy to work with and is conveniently available in the market. Join the pieces together using either glue or screws according to your preferences.

Pro Tips

  • Firstly, prime and paint the drawer face and allow it to dry
  • Attach the drawer face onto the assembled drawer box using short screws
  • Slide the completed drawers into the cabinet and check if any modification is needed
  • Add drawer pulls or handles as required. Use screws for these, as they are more sustainable

Step 6: Place The Drawers


After you are done completing the drawers, place them into the spaces you left between the base of the table. Since your table is now complete, you can move towards the final step i.e. the finishing.

Pro Tips

  • Let the table, as well as the drawers, dry out properly if you have used glue on them
  • Make sure the handles you use are of good quality
  • Steel or iron handles work best for such projects

Step 7: Polishing Table


Some people like to stain their furniture, some like to paint or polish it. You can also so this according to your preferences. Use a nice wood friendly paint if you plan on painting the desk.

Pro Tips

  • If you want to paint your table, you need a good brush for best application
  • The stain is best applied with sponges
  • Polish can be applied using gauze and cotton

After you are done painting, staining or polishing your table, make sure you let it dry out properly so that it doesn’t stick to your hands when you move it from one place to another spoiling your hands and floor of the house. Also be careful not to expose it to water and stuff of the sort. Protect your desk from any such damages.

Additional Tips

  • Use a dust mask to prevent the wood sprinkling and smell from going into your mouth, nose or breath.
  • Wearing protective glasses helps to protect your eyes from catching rubbish and hurting.
  • Don’t keep the furniture in the sun for too long.
  • Don’t expose to fire.Place a nice rug under it.
  • Clean any spills or stuff immediately.
  • Repair at the spot if any damages occur.
  • Use the machinery with great care.
  • Try to have some technical know-how of woodwork and handling tools beforehand.

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This was how you can build your own work desk and work comfortably on it. Drawers would help you to store any important work related stuff that you can easily have access to while you’re working. I personally worked on this project and writing this article was as much fun as making the desk itself. I hope this will be of help to you too. If it was, please share it with your friends. We highly acknowledge and appreciate the maker of this tutorial video for his effort to bring detailed version for making table so you can easily create your own fancy, elegant, durable, sophisticated work desk. Also, give us your feedback and let us know how the technique worked for you.

  • May 3, 2017
  • DIY
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