Kids Storage Leg Desk

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Author Notes: 

DIY Treat today!!!

This is quite possibly the easiest desk you could ever make!  It's just two little bookshelves, with a premade (and precut) project panel on top!  Yep,just whip out those bookshelves and screw the top on.  

The bookshelves are sized for magazines or books.  You could also put art supplies or even add a dowel and a craft paper roll in there! 

Bonus - it's not just a kids desk - the desk is actually regular desk height!  So you could use it for your craft projects too!

For this desk, I filmed building it at the Family Handyman show, working with Skil Tools.  You know what that means - you get a plan AND a video plan!!!  

Gotta say it ... told ya' it was easy!!! Grab your drill, plans follow!

Shopping List: 

2 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x6 @ 10 feet long (cut bookshelf sides from this board)
1 – 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 – 1x2 @ 12 feet long (or 1 1/2 @ 8 feet long)
1 – ¾” thick project panel 48” x 24” or a ¼ sheet of hardwood plywood
1 ¼” finish nails
1 ¼” pocket hole screws

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions shown above.
Cut List: 

8 – 1x6 @ 22 ½”
4 – 1x6 @ 29 ¼”
2 – 1x12 @ 22 ½”
6 – 1x2 @ 22 ½”
1 – ¾” project panel 48” x 24”

Step 1: 

First, build two bookshelves as shown here. If you have a pocket hole jig, just attach as shown.

An alternative is 2" countersunk screws or 2" finish nails and glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Next, add the back pieces. These you can just nail and glue in place or you could attach with pocket holes - up to you.

NOTE: If using pocket holes, it may be easier to attach step 3 rungs first so you can get your drill inside, and then add the backs.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Then attach rails - again, nails will work just fine.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Once you have your two bookshelves done, lay the tabletop face down and attach the two bookshelves to the underside and you've got a desk!

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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