Customized Corner Desk

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About This Project

This was my first build I have wanted to get this particular desk from Pottery Barn but don't have the space for it.  I used the corner desk plans but on one side I used the plans for the legs used on the smaller desk. Since it wasn't too big I made the desktop one piece.  All in all it was pretty straightforward.  The only problem I had was when I put the legs on the wrong side, I didn't realize until after I had used wood filler and painted. 

Birch Plywood
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Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
For the desktop I used Red Mahogony Minwax Stain and Minwas Wipe-on poly. For the base, used a Benjamin Moore paint for Metal and wood in black.
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Thanks for the comment, and the great plans.  Couldn't have done it without the work that you did on the plans, they are awesome.



Ok, my subject just sounds really strange...  This looks great!  I've been scared to try drawers, but yours look perfect.


Drawers aren't wildly difficult, but everything does have to be really accurate, and you have to put the effort into making them square. I built a set for my bathroom vanity that was pretty nice.  I used dowels to join the ends to the sides, rather than screws, because screws don't hold end-grain well.  The biggest things to think about are how you're going to secure the bottom, and how the drawers will be supported in the cabinet.  You can buy whole books on the subject of building drawers.

I'm in the middle of building a set of bookcases are are essentially drawers turned on their side, and using dovetails to join the sides. That's definitely more involved, although I'm finding that I'm improving my ability to make this joint pretty rapidly.  This joint, though, probably shouldn't be part of your first project.

It's a really nice looking desk, the great part is that you actually built it just the way you want it. Do you have any other desks to show us? You don't this kind of things in the stores. I'm interested in a stand up desk, do you have anything like that?

This was my first desk and project. It is a great desk. I'm hoping to make a desk soon for my son's room.

I really like this desk and I was wondering if you could provide the dimensions.

Just saw your question. I had drawn up the plans for the modifications but I don't have them anymore. But I will tell you the dimensions. The part of the desktop next to the paneled wall is 42in wide. The part next to the white wall is 62in. long. The desk is 23.5in deep. The short end to the left of the opening is 5in. long. The diagonal opening is 18 7/8 in. long. Then the part of the desk to the right of the opening is 25in. long. Hope that helps.