Sep
03
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Back to school and homework blues? Ya, me too. Maybe a cute new desk and bench combo for your cute kiddos is just what you need to make homework a little more tolerable.

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You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Two of these back to back make a fabulous work table or play table, and four of these would be out of this world!

Estimated Cost
$50-$75
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • Half Sheet 3/4" Plywood or MDF - 4' x 4'
  • 7 - 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 7 - 2x2 at 32" - Desk + Bench Rails
  • 2 - 2x2 at 29 1/4" - Desk Legs
  • 10 - 2x2 at 10" - Bench Frame + Supports
  • 4 - 2x2 at 16 3/4" - Bench Legs
  • 2 - 2x2 at 18 1/2" - Connectors
  • 2 - 2x2 at 26 1/2" - Desk Legs
  • 4 - 2x2 at 15 1/2" - Desk Frame
  • 2 - 3/4" Plywood or MDF at 35" x 13" - Bench
  • 1 - 3/4" Plywood or MDF at 35" x 18 1/2" - Desk

 

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
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Build the leg unit for the desk portion of this project. Cut the legs and rails to length and drill your pocket hole in the rails (horizontal pieces) with your Pocket Hole Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Join using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 2
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Build 2 Bench Leg Units. Cut your legs and rails to length and place your pocket holes in the rails (horizontal pieces) with your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Join your pieces using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 3
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Secure all leg units together by attaching the connector pieces to them. Place your pocket holes to the insides so they aren't as obvious. Create pocket holes in the connectors using your pocket hole jig set for 1 1/2" material. Join using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 4
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Build the Frame. Create pocket holes on the 10 inch supports to connect to the rails and on the inside of the rails to connect to the leg units, with your pocket hole jig set for 1 1/2" material. Secure the supports to the rails using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. Once your glue has set, secure the rails to the leg units using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 5
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Create the Bench Shelf and Attach the Front Desk Legs. To create the shelf, cut your plywood or MDF down to size, then cut a 1 1/2" square from each corner using a jig saw, router or table saw. Secure the shelf using glue and 1 1/4" Finish or Brad Nails.

Create pocket holes on the top and bottom of one edge of the Front Desk Legs using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 6
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on both ends of the Desk Frame Pieces. Attach the Desk Frame Pieces using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws in the pocket holes you added to the Front Desk Legs in the previous step and the pocket holes on one end of the Desk Frame Piece that you create in this step. Create pocket holes on the Bench Rails using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 7
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on both ends of the 10" Bench Supports and 15 1/2" Desk Supports. Secure the Desk Rail to the Desk Frame Pieces using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws in the pocket holes you created in the previous step. Then secure the Bench and Desk Supports using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 8
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Create the Bench and Desk Tops and secure in place using glue and 1 1/4" Finish or Brad Nails. If you are plan to finish the edges of your shelf and tops, apply edge banding once you have secured these pieces.

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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