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You can make this simple plywood desk in no time at all. Very little experience is needed and not many tools are required. It only took us just a few hours over the course of a weekend. And it was fun.
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I started out by marking all the measurements on a sheet of 3/4 in birch plywood.
Then I laid out all the the cut lines according to the plans I made on the computer.
I then cut the pieces out using a jigsaw.
Then I sanded down all the pieces, as it is much easier during this step, rather than when the entire desk is assembled.
After everything was sanded, I added pocket holes to the end of each of the three stretchers.
I then started to attach the stretchers to the sides of the desk, using glue, clamps and screws through the pocket holes.
I attached the top stretcher on the back side first, making sure that it's flush with the tops of the sides.
Then using the 18 inch shelf as a spacer, I lined up the bottom stretcher and attached it, this time using just glue and screws.
After the back stretchers were attached, it was time to add in the front stretcher or apron. This gets attached the same way, making sure that is is flush with the top and the front face.
I attached the top using pocket screws as well. I added in a few pocket holes on every edge that would touch the bottom of the desktop.
Next I attached the braces to the shelf that I had cut out earlier. The shelf is very basic and is attached using glue and two screws driven through from the inside of the desk. The shelf can be placed wherever you like it.
I added some edge trim around the desk as well. But this is optional, while it does look better and will probably give the desk a longer lifespan, it should be fine without it. These are just pieces of 1 by pine ripped down and mitered to fit.
The desk was stained using an oil based stain (cherry).
I finished the whole desk with a few coats of polycrylic.
This was a really fun project to make and one that I know will get a lot of use. You could easily make one from the plans we have on our website, but we encourage you to try and design and make one of your very own. Customize it and build it to suit your needs.