trestle desk woodworking plans
1 – 2×4 a 104 5/8” (9 foot wall stud) or 1 – 2×4 @ 10 feet long
2 – 2×6 @ 8 feet long
2 ½” PH screws
compound miter saw
countersink drill bit
4 – 2×4 @ 25 7/8” (both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel)
2 – 2×6 @ 19”
4 – 2×6 @ 38”
2 – 2×4 @ 17 1/2″ (long point to long point, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square)
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.
Attach legs to top apron.
You can also use a premade top or top the desk in a piece of acrylic or mat to make a smooth writing surface.
For the most support, attach bottom shelf brace as shown here.
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.