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Nov
04
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack

I work for an excellent employer that allowed me to build my own desk instead of ordering a pre-fab one from one of the big box retailers. I'm really proud of what I was able to put together as this was my first real foray into furniture-building. There were a couple issues with the assembly order that I found while building from the plan on TDC, but thankfully I was looking far enough ahead to anticipate them and adjust the plans. I finished the desk about 6 weeks ago, but I'll work hard to remember what I encountered. 

For the desk, I got 3/4" maple 7-ply plywood and true cabinetmaker's maple 1x2"s (more on this later). To save on costs, I bought cheaper plywood (13-ply chinese birch) from the same place for the interior pieces (mostly the drawer boxes). I used optimalon's cut optimizer (http://www.optimalon.com/index.htm) to make sure I used wood efficiently. Since I wasn't using traditional dimensional lumber, I bought 200 BF of 1x2" and trimmed it all down to the actual dimensions (3/4"x11 1/12'), then glued the 1x2's together after they have been trimmed on the table saw to get the number of 2x2's I needed.

To save weight and materials, I nixed the full plywood divider, and replaced it with a full frame of 1x2 around the underside of the top assembly. That way, it was easier to install drawer slides later, as well as make adjustments to other portions.

I also put a back on the desk since it wasn't going up against a wall. If you're going to do that, you need to purchase a 3rd sheet of plywood as there won't be enough material with just the two in the list.

This was also my first project with the Kreg Jig, and I loved working with it! I have definitely learned that I need to be more consistent about clamping with screwing together pieces, there are a number of pieces on the desk that don't sit as flush as I would like because I screwed them together without any clamping. Learn from my mistakes!

Speaking of mistakes, you'll notice the top has a sort of cross pattern with 1x2 and plywood panels. That was done because I made a bad cut on the piece meant for the top of the desk. It was a 1/2" too narrow at one end, so I put the 1x2's in as a frame and filled it in with pieces I measured twice and cut once! I wish I had done it right from the beginning, but the end result looks on purpose and I'm happy with it!

I don't know what else to write about the project, but I'd love to answer any questions you may have about the build and the plans from my experience with them!

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack
Estimated Cost 

I spent about $500 on wood, screws, and the Kreg Jig for this project. The 7-ply exterior pieces of plywood were most expensive at $77 each, but they were worth it for the quality. Very good to work with. I bought the wood at Nashville Plywood, in case you're in the area. They were great to work with, even for a rookie like me.

Length of Time 

I worked on this project for about 30 hours total. It would have been shorter if I had a garage, but I had to move stuff (tools and materials) in and out of the house each time I wanted to work on it, so that exacerbated the time and space significantly to build.

Modifications 

I'd avoid the full middle panel and frame it instead with 1x2's. That way, no edge finishing to do on plywood, and it saves a ton of weight without sacrificing any strength or functionality. It also allows to you drill holes in the top to run cable and such without having to remove the drawers. Makes for a cleaner desktop without wires.

I also just screwed the drawer fronts in the normal way, I didn't assemble them per instructions. Fewer screws and less time.

I secured all of the side and back panels by drilling with the Kreg jig instead of doing brad nails or anything like that.

Lumber Used 

I had 200 feet of maple 1x2 that I glued together to make my 2x2's as well as using for the 1x2's./p>

2 4x8 sheets of plywood for top, back, sides, and drawer fronts

1 cheap 4x8 sheet of plywood for drawer boxes (could have probably used less, but have extra to play with now!)

1 sheet of 1/4" plywood for drawer bottoms, plus one extra small piece I had to go back and buy (no way to make the drawer bottoms with just one piece, measurements don't work out)

Finishing Technique 

Brushed on Minwax Early American stain. Will put poly on later, I'm not so good with coasters and know it's only a matter of time!

Additional Project Details 

Read up on ways to make accurate repeat cuts. That's the one thing I had wished I had done, it would have saved many headaches in fitting everything up in the end. Still some things I need to fix in that regard, but having it together with flaws is way better than not having it together.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack
Sep
03
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Project Details

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.

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

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!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Kiddos 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Jun
08
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Project Details

Did you miss me? Did you notice all was quiet on the western front for a few days? No? Well, I still love you guys... Oh how fun is this project. I feel like it would be a chic outdoor gardening area, or a fabulous covered work table that just bekons stylish creation... don't you think? Yahoo.

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$100-$150
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 1x2 at 8’                                          
  • 4 – 2x2 at 8’                                 
  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’                                 
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’         
  • 3 – 1/2” diameter Wooden Dowel Rods at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x4 at 30” – Sawhorse Tops
  • 8 – 2x4 at 24” – Sawhorse Sides
  • 4 – 1x2 at 7-1/4” – Sawhorse Bottoms
  • 2 – 2x4 at 26” – Sawhorse Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 3-1/2”x30” – Table Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 30”x66-1/2” – Table Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2-3/4”x66-1/2” – Table Back
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4-3/4”x20” – Cabinet Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4”x12” – Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x20” – Cabinet Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 3-1/4”x18” – Drawer Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2-1/2”x10-1/4” – Drawer Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 10-1/4”x18” – Drawer Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4-1/2”x13-1/2” – Drawer Front
  • 2 – 2x2 at 96” – Awning Posts
  • 4 – 2x2 at 36” – Awning Arms
  • 4 – 1x2 at 12” – Awning Supports
  • 3 – 1/2” diameter Wooden Dowels at 74” – Dowel Rods
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

Cut the pieces for the Sawhorse Tops and Sawhorse Sides. With the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Sawhorse Sides. Secure Sawhorse Sides to the Sawhorse Top with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat twice, once for each Sawhorse.  

Cut the pieces for Sawhorse Bottoms and Sawhorse Stretchers. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Sawhorse Bottoms. Attach the Sawhorse Bottoms to the Sawhorse Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.  Make sure that the pocket holes face the ground when assembling. Attach the Sawhorse Stretcher to the Sawhorse Bottoms with glue and 2” wood screws. Repeat twice, once for each Sawhorse.  

 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 2

Cut the pieces for Table Sides, Table Back, and Table Top.  With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along the outer bottom sides of the Table Sides, to later attach to the Sawhorses.

With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along the left and right bottom sides of the Table Top. Attach the Table Sides to the Table Top with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Table Back. Attach the Table Back to the Table Sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Attach the Table Back to the Table Top with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws, starting the screws from the underside of the Table Top.  Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of plywood on the Table if desired. 

Now it’s starting to shape up! Attach the Table Top to the Sawhorses (through the Table Sides) as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 3

Next, cut the pieces for the Cabinet Sides, Cabinet Back, and Cabinet Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Cabinet Back (on the back side) and along the top edge. Drill pocket holes along the top edge of the Cabinet Sides. Attach the Cabinet Back to the Cabinet Sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

Attach the Cabinet Back/Cabinet Sides to the Table Top as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along the sides of the Cabinet Bottom on the bottom side. Attach the Cabinet Bottom to the Cabinet Sides and Cabinet Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of plywood on the Cabinet if desired.

 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Sides, Drawer Back, Drawer Bottom, and Drawer Front. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along the front ends of the Drawer Sides, at each end of the Drawer Back, and along the front and sides of the Drawer Bottom on the bottom. 

Attach the Drawer Front to the Drawer Sides and Drawer Bottom as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The Drawer Front will extend beyond the Drawer Sides on the top by 1/2”, the sides by 7/8”, and the bottom by 3/4”. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of plywood on the Drawer if desired.

Install the Drawer into the Cabinet as shown. After finishing, apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of the Drawer Box to help it slide smoothly. Add drawer hardware such as a pull or knob if desired. Drawer Box will have a 1/8” gap on each side once installed inside the Cabinet. 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Awning Posts, Awning Arms, and Awning Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes on one end of each Awning Arm.  With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes on each end of the Awning Supports. Drill 1/2” diameter holes on one end of each Awning Arm (the opposite end from where the pocket holes were drilled) and at the top of the Awning Post as shown. Attach the Awning Arms to the Awning Post with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Attach the Awning Supports to the Awning Arms and Awning Post with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.  Repeat twice, once for each side of the Work Table.  

Clamp the Awning Sides to the Work Table as shown. Drill pilot holes and screw in the Lag Screws in the locations noted. Repeat for each side of the Work Table. 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 6

Cut the piece for the Cloth Awning. If you cannot find fabric wide enough for the Cloth Awning, feel free to sew two pieces together to get the appropriate width. Turn under each side of the Cloth Awning 1/2”, iron, turn over another 1/2”, and iron again. To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges. 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Dowel Pockets. Turn over all sides of the Dowel Pockets 1/2”, iron, turn over another 1/2”, and iron again. To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges. 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 8

Place the Dowel Pockets on the Cloth Awning as shown. Secure the Dowel Pockets to the Cloth Awning along the long edges of the Dowel Pockets, leaving the ends open to later accept the Dowel Rods. To secure the fabric together, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew into place. 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Dowel Rods. Insert a few inches of one end of the Dowel Rod into the drilled hole in the Awning Arm. “Thread” the Dowel Rod into the end Dowel Pocket of the Cloth Awning. Next, guide the Dowel Rod into the opposite Awning Arm. Repeat this process with the Dowel Rod at the top of the Awning Post and the Dowel Rod at the other end of the Cloth Awning. The Dowel Rods will extend past the Awning Sides by 1-1/2” on all ends. If you wish to secure the Dowel Rods into place, use 1-1/4” brad nails where the Dowel Rods pass through the Awning Arms and Awning Posts. 

 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Vintage Inspired French Work Table
Finishing Instructions

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

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Mar
24
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Project Details

Awkward space? No problem. Small Space and need multi-functional furniture? No problem. Check out a few of the many configurations this console is capable of below!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$25-$75
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 7-3/4”x18” – Left Side
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 7-3/4”x18” – Middle
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x16-1/4” – Right Side
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x40-1/4” – Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x39-1/2” – Center Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x30-3/4” – Top
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 7-3/4”x18” – Top Side
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x41” – Extension Top
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 17-3/4”x18” – Extension Side
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 8-1/4”x9-1/4” – Extension Spacer
Instructions

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

Cut the pieces for the Left Side, Middle, Right Side, and Bottom. Apply edge banding to exposed areas if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Left Side, Middle, and Right Side. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Center Shelf. Apply edge banding to exposed areas if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the right side of the Center Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Top and Top Side. Apply edge banding to exposed areas if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Top Side. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

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Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Extension Top and Extension Side. Apply edge banding to exposed areas if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in top of the Extension Side. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Step 5

Cut the piece for the Extension Spacer. Apply edge banding to exposed areas if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in top and left side of the Extension Spacer. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Step 6

Now it’s time to put the Extension and the Console together! Simply slide the two pieces together – the Extension will fit right over the Console. The Extension Spacer should have 1/4” gap on the right and bottom of it to allow for “wiggle room” in the Console.  The Extension Spacer will also give the Extension more support, helping it to stay “square.”

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Step 7

Depending on personal preference; you can install small casters, metal guides, etc. on bottom of the Shapeshifter Console. Install as shown per the manufacturer’s instructions. Two Feet will be installed on the Extension, and the other four Feet will be installed on the Console. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Shapeshifter Console Table
Finishing Instructions

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

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Feb
23
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Project Details

I adore this beauty and I think it would make a fabulous nightstand... even though it isn't a nightstand. I suppose I have a history of making unlikely pieces into nightstands and I can see a future for this baby in the empty space along the wall where my bed lives. Of course I can see this beauty in about a dozen other ideal spots in my home, so maybe they will have to fight it out...

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The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$100-$150
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 60” – Frame Side Fronts
  • 2 – 1x2 at 59” – Frame Side Backs
  • 2 – 1x2 at 7-1/4” – Frame Side Tops
  • 2 – 1x2 at 12-1/4” – Frame Side Middles
  • 2 – 1x2 at 14-3/4” – Frame Side Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x4 at 50-1/2” – Frame Bottom Front and Back
  • 1 – 1x2 at 50-1/2” - Frame Top Back
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood at 18”x50-1/2” – Bottom Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x18” – Bottom Cabinet Sides
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x49” – Bottom Cabinet Back
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x17-1/4” – Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider
  • 1 – 1x2 at 20” – Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 9”x15”– Large Drawer Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x25-3/4”– Large Drawer Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 9”x27-1/4”– Large Drawer Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 10-1/2”x28”– Large Drawer Front
  • 4 – 3/4” plywood at 3-3/4”x15”– Small Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x17-1/2”– Small Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 3-3/4”x19”– Small Drawer Backs
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4-3/4”x19-3/4”– Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-3/4”– Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x50-1/2”– Top Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x18-1/4”– Top Cabinet Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18-1/4”x49”– Top Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 17-1/4”x18-1/4”– Top Cabinet Vertical Divider
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/4”x28-1/4”– Top Cabinet Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-3/4”– Left Cabinet Door
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x28”– Right Cabinet Desk/Door
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

Cut the pieces for the Frame Side Fronts, Side Backs, Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms. Cut decorative curves in the Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms. Just a reminder to drill pocket holes after cutting the 8 degree angles in the pieces.

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Step 2

Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice, once for each side. If desired, have the pocket holes face the inside of the Desk.

Frame Sides Positioned for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Top Back, Bottom Front, and Bottom Back. Cut a decorative curve in the Bottom Front and Bottom Back as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Top Back, Bottom Front, and Bottom Back.

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Step 4

Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Frame Front Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 5

Next, cut the pieces for the Bottom Cabinet Top, Sides, and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Cabinet Top Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 6

Cut the piece for the Bottom Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket screws toward the inside of the Cabinet if desired.

Bottom Cabinet Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 7

Cut the piece for the Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider and the Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Horizontal Divider and the top, bottom, and back of the Vertical Divider.  Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Sides and Bottoms. Drill pocket holes in the front and back of the Sides and in all sides of the Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Large Drawer Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

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Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Fronts. The top of the Large Drawer Front will extend 1” above the drawer box top, 3/8” beyond the drawer box sides, and 1/2” beyond the drawer box bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Install the ball-bearing slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, there should be a 1/8” gap on each side of the Drawer Front.

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Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Sides and Bottoms. Drill pocket holes in the front and back of the Sides and in all sides of the Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Small Drawers Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 12

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

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Step 13

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Fronts. The top of the Small Drawer Front will extend 1” above the drawer box top, 3/8” beyond the drawer box sides, and 1/2” beyond the drawer box bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Install the ball-bearing slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, there should be a 1/8” gap on each side of the Drawer Front.

Small Drawer Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 14

Next, cut the pieces for the Top Cabinet Top, Sides, and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws

Top Cabinet Top Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 15

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket screws toward the inside of the Cabinet if desired.

Top Cabinet Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 16

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Vertical Divider. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Divider. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

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Step 17
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Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Shelf. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each side and back of the Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 18
Cabinet Positions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

Lay the assembled Frame on its back so that assembly is easier (temporarily remove Drawers and Cabinet Doors to reduce weight). Insert the assembled Top Cabinet and assembled Bottom Cabinet as shown. Attach the Cabinets to the Frame with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws.

Finishing Instructions

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

Note
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Dec
12
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Project Details

This Free DIY Furniture Plan to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Rolling Desk and Shelf is a a fabulous addition to our most popular collection of all time! Built with closed ends, a ladder and of course the rolling desk, this version can be made in whole or in part by adding on to any of our other Low Loft Bunk plans. 

The other amazing plans in this collection are below! 

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Toddler Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Full Sized Low Loft Bunk

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Queen Sized Low Loft Bunk

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$175-$225
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 4x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 2x6 at 8’
  • 7 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 9 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2’x4’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 4x4 at 52” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x6 at 78-1/2” – Lower Front and Back Bed Rails
  • 2 – 1x4 at 78-1/2” – Front and Back Cleats
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78-1/2” – Back Desk Rails
  • 2 – 2x6 at 41-1/2” – Lower Side Bed Rails
  • 2 – 2x4 at 41-1/2” – Side Desk Rails
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78-1/2” - Upper Back Bed Rails
  • 2 – 2x4 at 57” – Upper Front Bed Rails
  • 1 – 2x4 at 21” – Vertical Front Guard Rail
  • 11 – 1x4 at 38-1/2” – Slats
  • 2 – 2x4 at 41-1/2” – Upper Side Bed Rails
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x41-1/2” – Side Panels
  • 2 – 2x4 at 53” – Ladder Rails
  • 4 – 2x4 at 16-1/2 – Ladder Rungs
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x20-1/2” – Bookcase Top and Bookcase Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 12-3/4”x20-1/2” – Bookcase Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12-3/4”x25-3/4” – Bookcase Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 20-1/2”x25” – Bookcase Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 3”x22” – Desk Stop
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 24”x38-3/4” – Desk Top
  • 6 – 1x2 at 41-1/2” – Desk Rail Tops, Sides, and Bottoms
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

Cut the Legs to size and attach the Cleat to the Lower Back Bed Rail using 2" Screws. To attach the Rail to the Legs you will arrange the 4 pieces as shown in the diagram below, making sure to leave 1 1/2" on either side of the Rails to allow for the Lower Side Bed Rails later, and clamp together making sure everything is completely square before you proceed. Once square and aligned as needed, you will use a 7/16" Drill Bit and drill through all 3 pieces on each side, creating 2 holes on either side for the bolts. Fasten with your Carriage Bolts and tighten. Repeat steps for Lower Front Bed Rail. 

Legs and Side Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Step 2

Attach the Back Desk Rail to the Back Legs. Use 3" Screws to attach to the Legs.

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Step 3

Set the Kreg for 1-1/2” material and drill holes in the ends of the Side Desk Rails and Lower Side Bed Rails. Attach the Lower Side Bed Rails and Side Desk Rails to the Legs as shown with 2-1/2” pocket screws.

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Step 4

Attach the Front Vertical Guard Rail, use 2" Screws. Then fasten the Upper Front Bed Rails to it with 2” wood screws and to the Left or Right Front Leg (depending on ladder location) with 3” screws.

Next, attach the Upper Back Bed Rails. Use 3" Screws to attach the Rails to the Legs.

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Step 5

Lay your Slats approximately 4" apart. Be sure the 2 on the outside edges are flush in both corners. Screw down using 1-1/4" Screws.

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Step 6

Set the Kreg for 1-1/2” material and drill holes in the ends of each Upper Side Bed Rails. Attach the Upper Side Bed Rails to the Legs with 2-1/2” pocket screws.

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Step 7

Next, assemble the Panels. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill holes on each of the four sides of the Panel. The Panels will sit 3/4” back from the Legs and Rails on the outside of the Bed, and flush with the Legs and Rails on the inside of the Bed.

Panels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Step 8

Create the Ladder. I give approximate dimensions for the height below, but the important aspect to focus on is the angle you will cut the top and bottom. The top of the ladder rails will be at a 75°angle and the bottom of the rails will be a 15°angle where the boards will rest on the ground. Attach the rungs at approximately 8" apart (this will depend on the age of your kiddo, the smaller and younger, the closer together these should be, you need to consider how easy it will be for them to climb down) and parallel to the ground. Use 3" Screws to fasten the rungs to the rails and to fasten the rails to the Leg and Front Guard Rail. 

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Step 9

Assemble the Bookcase as shown. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Bookcase Top, Bookcase Shelf, and Bookcase Bottom. In addition, drill pocket holes in the backside of the Bookcase Top and Bookcase Shelf. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The Bookcase Top and Bookcase Shelf will be set back 3/4” from the back edge of the Bookcase Sides.

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Step 10

Attach the Bookcase Back to the Bookcase as shown. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the side and bottom of the Bookcase back. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bookcase Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Step 11

Assemble the Desk Stop and Desk Top as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. The Desk Top will overlap the front and sides of the Bookcase by 1”.

Attach the furniture castors as shown. In this diagram, we used 2” casters that measured 3” in total height. If using another caster with a different height measurement, make up the difference in the Bookcase Sides and Bookcase Back.

Desk Top and Stop for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Step 12

Assemble the pieces for the Desk Rails as shown. First, attach the left side Desk Rail, place the Retractable Desk (lining up the Desk Top inside the Desk Rail), and then attach the right side Desk Rail. Attach to the Lower Front Bed Rail and Lower Back Bed Rail with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws (drill pilot holes before using the screws to avoid wood splitting). Apply a coat of paste wax to the inside of the Desk Guides (after paint, stain, or topcoat) to help it slide smoothly. 

Desk Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Desk Rail Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Twin Sized Low Loft Bunk with Roll Out Desk + Bookshelf
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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