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Build my Desk. I love it.

May 11, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A modern architectural statement, that opens up to reveal storage and a keyboard tray. The desk that I used to write this very blog.

Build my Desk.  I love it.

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Build my Desk.  I love it.
Dimensions: 
Overall Dimensions are shown above. I choose to use standard sized boards in this design so that you could use pine boards for a rustic look, use scraps, or have MDF cut into board sized dimensions (as I did). The desk is narrow when closed, console sized. So if you like lots of room for more than just using your computer, this might not be the desktop for you.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

6 Frameless Full Overlay Euro Style Hinges like these
3 – 1×12, 8′ Length
1 – 1×6, 8′ Length
1/4″ plywood for the backs or another 1×6, 8′ Length
2″ nails
1 1/4″ nails
Wood Filler
Wood Glue
Sandpaper
Paint or other finishing supplies

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

Cut List for the Desktop
2 – 1×12 @ 47″ (Tops and Bottoms)
4 – 1×12 @ 4″ (Ends and Dividers)
1 – 1×6 @ 47″ (Face)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 5 1/2″ x 47″ OR 1 – 1×6 @ 47″ (Back)
Cut List for the Legs
4 – 1×12 @ 24 1/2″ (Sides of Legs)
6 – 1×12 @ 4″ (Tops and Bottoms and Shelves)
2 – 1×6 @ 24 1/4″ (Leg Faces)
2 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 5 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ OR 2 – 1×6 @ 24 1/2″ (Backs)

General Instructions

I’m so glad I built this piece before presenting the plans. Because when I went to attach the hinges, there was now where for the drill to go! So we had to do some tricky angle drilling to get the hinges in place, and I’m still wishing I could adjust my hinges properly. To avoid this, you may wish to paint in the areas where the hinges are being placed before assembling the desk (so you aren’t like me, with Grace’s tiny watercolor brush, painting around hinges). And we will put the hinges on before we put the tops on in these instructions.
As always, work on a clean level surface. Use straight boards. You can cut a sheet of MDF into 3 1×12 strips and 1 1×6 strip for the drawer faces (make that 2 1×6 strips and you can also use MDF for the backs instead of going out and buying 1/4″ plywood). Be safe. Remember, you can click images for a larger view.
Building the desktop is essentially the same as the legs, expect the size and the desktop has two “shelves” to the legs one “shelf.” So I will just be giving you basic diagrams for the desktop with instructions for the legs.

Step 1

Build my Desk.  I love it.

Partitions
Or shelves for when you assemble the legs. For the desktop, use 2″ nails and glue to fasten the dividers to the bottom, as shown above. Also do the sides, but place your shelves in any desired position to accommodate your needs.

Step 2

Build my Desk.  I love it.

Ends and Hinged Front
Start by attaching the ends, just as you did the partitions, shown above in green. Keep outsides flush. Then attach the face with the hinges only on the insides of the partitions, with the face flush with the bottom and the outsides of the desktop. Notice that the top will overextend 3/4″. Do this for the legs too, except choose your bottom and line the face up with the bottom (it will be just shy of the top to give the desktop room to open).

Step 3

Build my Desk.  I love it.

These hinges are surface mount and are extremely easy to install and work great. They are my fav.

Step 4

Build my Desk.  I love it.

Top
Lay the top on top of the desktop and fasten down with 2″ nails and glue. Do this for the legs too.

Step 5

Build my Desk.  I love it.

Backs
You can either use 1/4″ plywood cut to size for the backs or use 1×6 boards (same cuts as faces) for the backs. Use glue and 1 1/4″ nails to fasten the back to the units. Do this for the legs too.

Step 6

Build my Desk.  I love it.

Finishing and Assembly
Dry fit everything and make sure that the top will open correctly without rubbing against the leg faces. If this is the case, simply trim the tops of the leg faces until the desktop face opens smoothly. You can remove the faces from the hinges and paint each piece individually. Fill nail holes with wood filler and sand well. I used a cabinet sized roller to reach into the units with paint. On assembly, I used 1 1/4″ screws from the insides of the top of the legs into the underside of the desktop to keep everything in place.
I just wanted to add that I have never had a desk I loved so much, I’m adamant about using coasters on. I <3 my desk, and I hope you love yours too!

So here's the deal on being a Twice-A-Day Blogger, Do-It-Herselfer, Mom, Furniture Plan Designer, Part Time Waitress, Maid, Secretary, Dry Cleaner, Nurse, Accountant, Babysitter, Whole Foods Cook, Landscaper, Carpenter, Dishwasher . . . you know all the roles we play do - when it comes to me working on a project, it could be a while until the project is actually completed.
You know that I'm working on an office in my home, what we are starting to call "Mom's Room," and I've actually made big progress.  The major pieces of furniture have been built.  But being that I live in remote Alaska, accessories and decor are extremely difficult to come by.  So I have not had an opportunity to take pictures of my furniture "plated."  (It's like serving food from the pan or plated - it always looks better plated).  But in all reality, I may never be 100% finished with my office.  And many of you are anxiously waiting on plans.
My office desk is inspired by West Elm's Chunky Conosle Table.  Only I had such difficulties with the West Elm design because I live in a home of just under 1200 hard earned square feet - and I'm not about to waste two of those square feet on the hollow design.
So I put a keyboard tray in the top portion. You could also just build this top portion and place it on top of sawhorses or any other legs system to get a functional desktop.  I really like this idea . . . any takers on plans?  Just don't forget that the desktop is 5 1/2" tall, and you would need to make your leg system shorter to accommodate.
And I thought the legs would make great storage for books, envelopes, or maybe even someone could put a CPU tower in there (you would have to make the legs slightly wider to fit a CPU).

The results? A super functional desk with a lower keyboard tray (the keyboard tray is perfectly lined up with the armrests on my comfortable AND stylish chair) and a eye level monitor.  I ended up putting the desk in the closet because closets in my home just store things we never use.
In messy piles. Yes, this is the same closet, with a little white paint on the trim and no doors.
I cannot even describe to you how much of an improvement on my neck, back and my mouse elbow the new desk has done - but you can see the results of the design improvement.  This room was our junk drawer room before.  And now it's on it's way to becoming my office.
Now I want one in hot pink! I've already painted mine three times, so that's not happening, but I would love to see yours in hot pink!

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if you weren't using it as a

if you weren't using it as a all the time desk it would look so cool with a matching bench same plan just 50%

Ana as always your stuff is stunning thank you for sharing we are all grateful.

posted by Aubergine (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-05-11 23:43

I love this desk! I may have

I love this desk! I may have to tackle this with my husband as our first attempt at building furniture.

posted by Heidi (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 06:39

This desk is awesome! What a

This desk is awesome! What a great use of space! It doesn't even look like the room came from the same house! AMAZING..........
Health and happiness,
Angela
http://angelawalkerjewelry.blogspot.com/

posted by angela walker jewelry (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 07:26

This is really cool! I just

This is really cool! I just love the simplicity of it.

Hmmm... If anyone is in the market for a new computer, the Dell Studio Hybrid would fit inside the legs of this perfectly - just make sure to cut out openings in the back for ventilation. :)

It's a really small, narrow desktop. I have one hooked up to my TV downstairs and most people can't even tell it's a computer!

Jennifer

posted by Jennifer (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 07:59

Ditto on the bench idea. I

Ditto on the bench idea. I would use this as a vanity. The storage is perfect for small baskets filled with all my make-up and stuff. you could also change it to have a locking hinged top with a mirror on the inside so you could open it up and get ready and then close it up and everything is tucked away. :) So, I've got ideas, now I just need the nail gun :P

posted by Natty (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 09:24

This is amazing! Thanks for

This is amazing! Thanks for sharing the photos and plans.
Peace.

posted by Lynne in NC (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 11:20

Anna, Are you going modern on

Anna,

Are you going modern on us Ana? (LOL)

I love it ! ...especially the storage concept. My condo is just 950 sq feet. So I know what you mean.

Pat

posted by Pat (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 12:11

I've been thinking about this

I've been thinking about this desk ever since you first shared pictures, and now that you've planted the idea of hiding the CPU tower I'm sold. I have a small, short and thin CPU tower so I think it will fit just fine. I would love to hide the modem, router, and all the wires too. I'm just not sure how the modern design will look in my living area. I love the look though, so I might just go for it!

posted by Vanilla Comfort (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 12:20

Ana, I haven't gotten around

Ana, I haven't gotten around to saying it yet, but: THANK YOU so much for your site, your plans, and your time. I love this site so much. I am so excited to build this desk and so much more. This plan in particular is fantastic for hiding all my office things from my inquisitive toddler! Lol! THANK YOU!!!

posted by Allie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 21:46

Oh, and I love the coffee and

Oh, and I love the coffee and end tables linked in this post! YES, make plans for them... if you have time! lol

posted by Allie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-05-12 21:47

Ana, where is your CPU tower

Ana, where is your CPU tower hiding? I know it's not in the leg of the desk, but where did you put it so that it is out of sight?

I love, love, love the idea of concealed storage in this desk. We have an office/baby's room in one, and hiding all the grab-able things from baby would be divine.

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-13 11:12

I actually work from a

I actually work from a laptop, but the screen is going bad and it's tiny. So I hide my laptop in desktop and use a USB mouse and a monitor. I'm LOVING my desk, can't wait to see yours.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-13 14:46

it is really simple n

it is really simple n functional.
with white color that give brightness..

http://www.ergonomicdeskchair-s.com

posted by Maulana (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-07-04 01:34

Hi Ana,I made this desk with

Hi Ana,

I made this desk with a few modifications for size because I wanted it a little deeper but the front of mine will not stay properly shut. I installed the same type of hinges but it still stands ajar. I put in some magnetic closures in hopes that would help. I have adjusted the placement of the hinges but it still won't shut properly.

Do you have any suggestions to solve my problem?

Thanks!

posted by Krista Nicole (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-07-23 08:44

Krista, maybe you could try

Krista, maybe you could try to move the hinges out? To me, it sounds like the hinges need to be adjusted. The hinges should have a little "play" room, try perhaps backing the screws out a tiny bit (where the hinge connect to the desk, not the door) and pulling the door directly out and then tightening the screws. Hope this helps! Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-07-23 10:44

I am starting my MBA in the

I am starting my MBA in the fall and also have limited square feet, this makes a great vanity and desk combined! I'm definitely going to do glossy white! Sorry Ana.

posted by Genevieve (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-27 16:41

If using the legs for CPU

If using the legs for CPU storage, please be sure to remove the back of the leg entirely and do not place the desk flush with the wall in order to get proper ventilation. CPUs do not like to be warm and will overheat in a closed environment.

Otherwise... LOVE it!!

posted by Laura McMillin Lewis (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-08-03 07:49

I have mine glued and ready

I have mine glued and ready for paint! Right now the plan is blue, we shall see what happens when I get to the paint store tomorrow. I made mine out of MDF so it is just glued and not screwed together, we shall see how that goes. My hinges look a bit different but they are the same time. I drill pilot holes for the attachment to the desk so I am hoping I can paint the put the screws in by hand.

posted by Chelsea (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-10-01 19:43

Chelsea, it looks fantastic!

Chelsea, it looks fantastic! Thanks so much for adding a photo! Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-10-02 10:35

[...] was nothing wrong with

[...] was nothing wrong with my previous desk. It just that I’m spending more and more time at my desk, and need something bigger.  That, [...]

posted by Easy DIY Plans for Parson Style Desk like West Elm’s — Ana W (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-10-17 21:40

I bought the wood today to

I bought the wood today to make this desk. I'm thinking that there was probably a more economical way for me to build it... I bought 3 - 1x12x8, and 2 - 1x6x8 which equaled $51.94 (and then 17.82 for the hinges)...I think the wood was called "whitewood". I'm REALLY excited to make this desk but am thinking maybe there was a cheaper wood that I should have looked for, or I should have done it with the MDF? Any suggestions would be wonderful! We have several projects we are wanting to make so if i'd be cheaper to do this in MDF, I could possibly save the boards I just bought for a project that needs real wood! Thank you so much for the wonderful plans Ana, I've told almost all of my friends about your website and they have a hard time believing that you provide these amazing plans for them to use for free!

posted by Michelle (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-10-19 08:51

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