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Build a Desk

Project Overview

Build a Desk

When you build your own simple wood desk you have the opportunity to choose the size and finish that work best for you and your space.

7 Steps

  1. From two 4" x 8" sheets of & MDF
  2. To make the legs
  3. To construct the box
  4. Assemble the legs
  5. To make the apron
  1. Glue and screw the legs
  2. Fill, sand
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From two 4" x 8" sheets of & MDF

Step 1

From two 4" x 8" sheets of & MDF

(medium density fibreboard) cut a 28 ½" x 58 ½" piece for the top; rip six 4 1/8" wide lengths for the legs; and rip two 4" wide lengths for the apron.

To make the legs

Step 2

To make the legs

apply carpenter's glue to 2 of your 4 1/8" lengths and clamp. Then do the same with the other four pieces. Let dry overnight.

Step 3

To construct the box

that will serve as the legs you'll need to trim the laminated pieces to a width of 4" and cut four 28 ½" and four 29 ¼" lengths.

Assemble the legs

Step 4

Assemble the legs

into a square using two 28 ½" and two 29 ½" pieces. Glue and screw together using 3" #8 woodscrews.

To make the apron,

Step 5

To make the apron

mitre your 4" rips at 45° and wrap the desktop. Glue and nail using 1 ¼" 18-gauge brad nails.

Glue and screw the legs

Step 6

Glue and screw the legs

to the desktop through the apron, using 1 ½" #8 woodscrews.

Fill, sand

Step 7

Fill, sand

prime and paint with two coats, lightly sanding between.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Expert

Time: 5 hours

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  • Wood filler
  • Paint
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Two 4" x 8" sheets MDF
  • Carpenter's glue
  • 1" 28-gauge brad nails
  • 3" #8 woodscrews
  • 1" #8 woodscrews

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