November 26, 2013

How I Made My Work Desk

 When I started working from home, I just used the kitchen table and our living room coffee table to work on but that got old quick. I decided to get rid of my dresser I’ve used for 10 years and combine my clothes into my closet to make room for a desk. I wanted the design to be simple and something I can spill paint on and not worry about. I’m pretty excited for the desk to form more character as I use it more and more. My brother, Aric, helped me out with executing the plans I had drawn and of course let me borrow his tools.

 Materials: Wood, Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Table Saw, Wood Glue, Clamps, Nail gun, Screwdriver, Screws
Table: Begin by making the legs. I used two 35 inch pieces of wood to form an angle. Make four legs.  Connect the front two legs and the back two legs with a 54 inch piece of wood about five inches off the ground. Connect the sides with a 22 inch piece. Do the same to connect the legs at the top. Add a rectangle table top to the table with a nail gun. Do this for the bottom shelf, measuring the insides of the legs.
Drawer: Cut two 22 inch by 5 inch boards and four 22 inch by 1 inch pieces. Line up the smaller pieces against the larger pieces creating a gap in between (see photo #7). After securing these pieces with a nail gun, line it up on the sides of your desk and screw into place. Cut a rectangle measuring 22 inch by 54 inch for the bottom of the drawer. Cut two 22 inch by 5 inch boards for the sides and two 54 inch by 5 inch boards for the front and back of the drawer. Line up and nail all boards into place. Cut two 22 inch by 3 inch pieces and nail into place for the outsides of the drawer. Slide into sides of the desk.

Please Note: This desk was made for working, if any other case I would have used solid wood instead of oriented strand board. This way, I already have the “work bench” look that I want and I don’t mind getting scratches, dents, paint marks and other things on the work area. I understand this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so if you want a cleaner, more professional look I suggest using a solid wood for the top and bottom.

 I wanted to keep my desk really simple. I’ll be adding shelves above my workspace soon. I’ll be back soon to share how I made some geometric drawer pulls for my desk!

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  1. Hannah November 27, 2013 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Looks incredible!!!

  2. Chloe Remington November 27, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I just build a desk and shelves for my little brothers birthday! It's really inspiring to see other ladies with trade skills like woodworking. Keep making cool stuff!! ­čÖé

  3. Erin November 28, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

    This is absolutely amazing! I am oh so jealous of your woodworking skills and wish I could do that too!

    x Erin

  4. Charlotte Rigby November 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    This looks great, I really need to simplify my workspace, so much clutter!

  5. georgee5 December 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Found your project via a curbly hyperlink. Was hoping you could make a correction, the tabletop is made out of oriented strand board (OSB), not plywood. It's nit-picky of me, but I am a Quality Manager at an OSB facility, so I am loud and proud of my product.

    But, as a piece of OSB furniture, I think this is totally amazing. Most people would prefer to get rid of the grade stamp/place it on the bottom, but placing it on top is kinda cool. I might see about making something similar for my office.

    • Courtneyvk December 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much George, I made some changes in the wording above and really appreciate you taking the time to teach me something new:)

      I totally respect your nit-pickiness…I would be the same way if I was in your situation!

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