Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Crate & Barrel Inspired Pocket Collection One-Drawer Desk

01.19.12 By //

The perfect small-ish companion for the Tower we completed a couple of days ago, and equally as fabulous all by it’s lonesome!

Estimated Cost


Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6’
  • 1 – 1×6 at 6’
  • 1 – 1×3 at 6’
  • 1 –1×2 at 8’
  • ½ sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – Scraps of ¼” plywood measuring 17-1/8” x 17-1/2”
  • 1 ½” pocket hole screws
  • 1¼” pocket hole screws
  • 1 ¼” screws
  • Small nails or 1¼” brads
  • Countersink bit for Drill
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 1 set drawer slides
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 2×2 at 30-1/4” – Legs
  • 2 – 1×6 at 17” – Sides
  • 1 – 1×6 at 27” – Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 27” – Front Supports
  • 1 – 1×2 at 17” – Supports
  • 2 – 1×3 at 20” – Drawer Box
  • 2 – 1×3 at 16” – Drawer Box
  • 1 – 17-1/2” x 20” of ¼” plywood – Drawer Bottom
  • 1 – 3-3/4” x 26-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Drawer Front
  • 1 – 20” x 30” of ¾” plywood – Top

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
Step 1

Cut the pieces for the legs and the sides. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the sides. Attach to the legs with glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws, making sure the face of the sides is flush with the face of the legs.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the legs with glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws making sure the face of the back is flush with the back of the legs.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the front supports. Drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the legs with glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws. The top support will need to be positioned so it is flush with the top of the legs. The lower support will be located 4” below the top support. See drawing.

Step 4
Step 4

 Cut the pieces for the drawer slide supports. Drill pocket holes in each end of the side supports. The bottom of the supports will be flush with the top of the lower front support and attached to the inside of the front legs . Secure with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. See Drawing.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

** If using edge banding, apply it to the exposed edges of the drawer fronts and top before assembly**

Cut the pieces for the drawer box. Drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces and construct the drawer as shown. The bottom will be attached with glue and brad nails. Install the drawer slides and make any adjustments necessary.

Step 6
Step 6

 Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Cut the notch in the center of each drawer front with a jigsaw. Shim the drawer front in place (there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides) and fasten to the drawer box with 1-1/4” screws from the inside.

Step 7
Step 7

 Cut the piece for the top. Fasten to the desk with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

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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