At the House of Plaid, we had the large loft area that we needed to define and give some life. I decided one side would be good as an office space, but I needed a desk. I quickly found this one that I liked at Target. It was a good size, and I thought it would work in a variety of places in future flips. But I wasn’t sure about how easily it would come apart, and it would just be too heavy to move around. Then, one day w
hen I was in my garage, inspiration struck. I had picked up a 6 foot long edge-glued panel for $9 one day at Home Depot. It was on a cart of rejects, thought I still haven’t found out what was wrong with it, except of course the black permanent marker where they pretty much wrote Reject on it. I thought I could cut it down and easily build a desk for much cheaper than even the Target one. It’s also light and easy to move!
Desktop -I used an edge glued panel, 23 1/2″ deep, cut down to 40″ long (I used the rest for this desk, perfect for a kids room!)
2 1×6 @ 37″ – front and back aprons
2 1×6 @ 20 1/2″ – side aprons
4 2×2 @ 29 1/2″ – legs
1 2×2 @ 37″ – back stretcher
2 2×2 @ 20 1/2″ – side stretchers
4 3/4″ square dowels for Xs – cut to size
- Cut aprons and legs, then drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into ends of each apron. Also, drill 3/4″ pocket holes into sides of each apron – these will be used to attach the frame to the desktop.
- Build sides – Attach 1 side apron to 2 of the legs, aprons flush to top and inside of 2×2 leg. Attach with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws through apron into leg. Next build other end like the first.
- Onto one side built above, attach the front and back aprons as you did the side aprons, with the aprons flush to the top and inside of the legs.
- Attach the other side onto the front and back aprons to complete the base.
- Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes in each end of back stretcher. Attach to back legs where bottom of stretcher is 4″ above bottom of leg. Pocket holes should face down.
- Attach side stretchers in same manner as above.
- Flip the desktop over, then lay the base upside down on top of desktop. Attach base to desktop with 1 1/4″ pocket screws through holes drilled in step 1.
- Lay out and mark the angles for each x. Attach with glue and nails.
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