I have some exciting news! Ana White is releasing new build it yourself desk plans today, and you know who got to try her hand at building this fantastic new desk first? This girl right here!
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Can I a get a woot woot?
I have let you in on the bedroom plans for M’s room right? Well, the desk was the next step in the process and I can knock that one off the list.
I don’t need to go into all the fancy building intricacies because Ana has that covered. But let me show you a couple of the pieces that make up this desk.
One of the greatest parts of this desk is that it is easily customizable. The length can be shortened with one swift slice with a circular saw and you can do one pedestal or two, just double the recipe. I really wish I had room for two pedestals but this desk will also act as M’s nightstand and I had to cut it down to 41″ from the 48″ in the plan.
Let’s start with the inspiration for this piece.
The first, and most involved portion of the desk is the pedestal. What is it about perfectly placed pocket holes that I love so much?
The holes go on the inside of the piece which will be flush with the 2×2 legs.
Next, you will build the cubbies. The pocket holes will be on the top and bottom plywood pieces. I used wood filler to cover the unfinished edges here. Me and iron on trim don’t mix, and I painted the desk so it was no issue on looks.
I had never built drawers before so that was a little scary. But they came out great! Ana makes it so easy to follow.
You have to be extremely cognizant of the width of the opening and the size of the drawer. You have to leave yourself 1/2 inch on either side of the drawer for the drawer track. Measure, measure, measure. Otherwise, you will have to dismantle the drawer and make it smaller. Don’t ask me how I know that.
I put the top on to make sure everything was measuring up before I attached the drawer front.
The leg is easy peasy. Do the pocket holes on the top of the 15 3/4″ piece for the top and the bottom of the bottom piece so you have no holes to fill. People will think you made it with magic 🙂
I used 3/4″ trim moulding for the edges of the plywood desktop. You could do this for the cubbies as well, but you have to account for the added width when you install the cubbies into the pedestal. Just miter the moulding ends at 45 degrees, glue and nail it with the 3/4″ brad nails you use for the rest of the project.
It leaves a nice edge without having to deal with that iron on stuff.
Attach everything and voila! You’ve got yourself a desk.
The cubbies are the perfect size for magazine holders that will keep your notebooks and papers nicely organized.
You can even sneak some books in there.
The drawers open and close, just as planned 😉 How gorgeous are those drawer pulls? I got them at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for 50 cents each!!!