About this desk
This is a very simple desk, built using 2×6 legs and 1x top. Modern styling creates a beautiful frame for decoration and complements your space.
This desk can be painted or stained in any color.
why i made this desk
I was working on an airbnb rental and needed a beautiful desk that was sturdy, good looking, cheap and easy to make. I used to make coffee tables and end tables years ago and always loved the styling.So I decided to build this desk using the same style.
Other plans in this collection
I love this style and have planned more with this collection. I keep adding to it – it’s a beautiful style!
- Chunky Coffee Table Plan (Square)
- Chunky Coffee Table Plan (Rectangular)
- chunky end table plan
- Chunky Console Table Plan (coming soon)
how to make this desk
This desk was fairly easy to assemble. I used a pocket hole jig to hide all the joints and make the piece look more professional. The pocket hole jig has also become more robust. If you do not have a pocket hole jig, See how we made a matching coffee table with nothing but a nailer.
First, make a baking sheet of the desired size.
Next, I used a jigsaw to cut off the corners of the tabletop so the legs could show through.
Then I measured and cut a 1×4 side apron and drilled a 3/4 inch pocket hole upwards in the edge (pictured upside down). Attach the 1×4 apron 1-1/4″ to the underside of the tabletop. pocket hole.
Then put the legs in place and attach them from the side apron to the legs with pre-drilled pocket holes.
With all four legs in place, it looks like this:
For the back, I repeated these steps to add a back apron with pocket holes.
Where the back apron meets the side apron, I drilled one pocket hole in the middle so it didn’t intersect with the two pocket holes drilled in the side aprons. Then I joined the back apron to the side apron. I haven’t attached the legs yet.
Repeat these steps, but do not attach the legs yet. Flip it over first
Then use the level to level up all the legs.
Once the legs are level and the desk is flat on a flat surface, attach the front and back aprons to the legs from the inside with a few more screws.
Here is the assembled desk. I still have a lot of work to do… I sanded the entire desk with 120-grit sandpaper.
Then I dyed it with golden oak.
The dirt fell off and looked flat and orange. Also, different types of wood are dyed differently. no problem!
I watered down some white paint over it and rubbed it in.
You can easily add drawers to this desk. Here’s an example of how to do this:
The desk itself is fairly simple. Styling required! Here are some tips:
- An upholstered ottoman looks beautiful with this desk, but if you’re using it as your main desk, choose a more comfortable chair.
- A mirror or artwork on top is mandatory. If you use artwork, select the artwork first, then match the rest of the decorations to the artwork.
- Beautiful lamps add interest and function
- greening is a must
- Vases can be used to hold office accessories
Free plan to build this desk
Here are the free plans to build this desk: If you make it, please share it. We love seeing your work!