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Shopping List:

5 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×12 @ 6 feet long OR 4 – 2×6 @ 6 feet long
2 ½” wood screws for countersinking
2 ½” PH screws

Tools:

measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
drill
compound miter saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

2 – 2×4 @ 20”
4 – 1×4 @ 18”
8 – 2×4 @ 10 ¾” (long point to long point, both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degrees off square)
4 – 2×4 @ 21” ¾” (long point to long point, both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degrees off square)
4 – 2×4 @ 21”
4 – 1×4 @ 3 ½”
3 – 2×4 @ 59”
2 – 2×4 @ 30 3/8” ¾” (long point to short point, both ends cut parallel at 45 degrees off square)
2 – 2×12 @ 72” OR 4 2×6 @ 72”

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. 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.

Step 1

Start off by making two giant Is.

Step 2

And then add the bracing with the countersink bit.

Step 3

Followed by the top and bottom, ends mitered.

Step 4

And then an easy step, just glue and screw the 2x4s on top. It’s the stacking that makes these legs so beautiful!

Step 5

And then the feet.

TIP: If you desk wobbles at all, just add cork pads under the feet.

Step 6

Now it’s starting to look like a desk!

Step 7

Now add the cross bracing …

Step 8

And finally the top! If you are using pocket holes, I recommend building top first, and then attaching top to base. Also, you could substitute out plywood for the top for a smoother writing surface.

Finishing 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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