Jul
15
2010
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This desk is the perfect toddler size, and would work well with a little bench and cushion. This Storage Desk is designed mainly with paintable grade MDF and would look fabulous in just about any color! You can always substitute for wood as well, and it would be equally as incredible!

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Estimated Cost

$25-$50

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander - or a Sanding Block.
  • Saw - to cut your pieces to size.
  • Jig Saw - to create the arc (you can also cut out a rectangular shape if you prefer and avoid the Jig Saw)
  • Drill
  • Pneumatic Nailer (Nail Gun) or Finish Nail Set and Hammer.
Lumber
  • 1 - Sheet of 3/4" MDF @ 4' x 8'
  • 1 - 1x3 @ 8'
  • 3 - 1x2 @ 10'
Materials
  • 2" Coarse Thread Screws (particle or drywall screws)
  • 1 1/4" Finish Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Spackle
  • Finishing Supplies

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Cut List
  • 2 - 3/4" MDF at 25 1/4 x 13" (Sides Panels)
  • 1 - 3/4" MDF at 13 x 12 1/4" (Upper Divider)
  • 2 - 3/4" MDF at 22 1/2 x 12 1/4" (Shelf Bottoms)
  • 1 - 3/4" MDF at 12 1/4 x 11 1/2" (Bottom Divider)
  • 1 - 3/4" MDF at 22 1/2 x 25 1/4" (Back)
  • 1 - 3/4" MDF at 22 1/2 x 6 1/4" (Front Face Plate)
  • 1 - 3/4" MDF at 24 x 36" (Top)
  • 2 - 1x3 at 25 1/4" (Legs)
  • 1 - 1x3 at 25 1/2" (Top of Face Plate Trim)
  • 2 - 1x2 at 25 1/4" (Legs)
  • 2 - 1x2 at 36 3/4" (Front and Back Desk Top Trim)
  • 1 - 1x2 at 25 1/2" (Storage Unit Side Desk Top Trim)
  • 1 - 1x2 at 24" (Desk Top Right Side Trim)
  • 2 - 1x2 at 24 1/2" (Side Panel Trim)
  • 2 - 1x2 at 10" (Side Panel Trim)
  • 4 - 1x2 at 19 1/4" (Side Panel and Storage Front Trim)
  • 3 - 1x2 at 22 1/2" (Storage Front Trim)
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Begin by cutting the arc in your Side Panels and Divider. You will need to stay within the measurements I have outlined in this diagrams, otherwise your arc shape is entirely up to you. Be sure to begin your arc 3/4" from the top and 1 1/2" from the side to allow for trim later. Sketch out and cut the first panel then use it as a template for the other 2. Once you have created your arc for all 3 pieces, remove 3/4" from the front and back of the Divider. This will allow for the Face Plate and the Back, later.

Step 1
Step 2

Construct your Bottom Shelf by attaching the Divider to the Shelf Bottom. Attach the Back to the side Panels, then attach the Bottom Shelf to the Back and Side Panels. Use 2" Screws and Glue.

Step 2
Step 3

Construct the Top Shelf in the same manner leaving a 3/4" space toward the front of the Divider to house the Face Plate later. Then attach the Shelf to the Back and Side Panels, use 2" Screws and Glue.

Step 3
Step 4

Create the Legs for the desk by forming an L Shape using a 1x3 (Orange) and a 1x2 (Dark Green). The 1x3's will face the front and back while the 1x2's will face out on the side. Attach the Legs to the Top and attach the Top to the Storage Unit. Fasten the Face Plate in place. Use 2" Screws and Glue.

Step 4
Step 5

Trim out the Desk Top and the Sides of the Storage Unit. Note the dimensions below since the left side of the Desk Top Trim is longer than the Right Side. This is for aesthetic reasons and allows for the top trim on the Storage unit to take center stage. Use Finish Nails and Glue.

Step 6

Trim out the Front of the Storage Unit and fasten the Top Face Plate Trim as well, use Finish Nails and Glue.

Step 6
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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