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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Land of Nod Oak Park Elementary Inspired Desk

01.04.12
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This is a great desk your kiddo can use from preschool to college. The modern design is the perfect addition to any décor. Need more storage? No problem! Plans are coming soon for the Hutch that will attach to the top of the desk!

$50-$75

  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
  • ½ sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 4 – 3×3 posts, at least 29-1/4” long
  • 1 – 2×3 at 8’ 2 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 1 – 1×12 at 8’ ½ sheet of ¼” ply, lauan, or hardboard
  • 4 – 3×3 at 29-1/4” – Legs
  • 2 – 21” x 21-1/4” of ¾” plywood – Sides
  • 1 – 21-1/4” x 42-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Back
  • 1 – 26 x 47-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Top
  • 4 – 2×3 at 21” – Supports
  • 1 – 25” x 42-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Shelf
  • 1 – 3-3/4” x 25” of ¾” plywood – Divider
  • 1 – 16” x 25” of ¾” plywood – Large Drawer Shelf
  • 1 – 16-3/4” x 25” of ¾” plywood – Large Drawer Side
  • 2 – 1×12 at 15” – Large Drawer Front & Back
  • 2 – 1×12 at 20-1/2” – Large Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1×3 at 25” – Wide Drawer Front & Back
  • 2 – 1×3 at 15” – Small Drawer Front & Back
  • 4 – 1×3 at 20-1/2” – Wide & Small Drawer Sides
  • 1 – 22” x 25” of ¼” ply, lauan, or hardboard for Wide Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 15” x 22” of ¼” ply, lauan, or hardboard for Small & Large Drawer Bottoms
  • 1 – 3-1/2” x 25-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Wide Drawer Front
  • 1 – 3-1/2” x 15-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Small Drawer Front
  • 1 – 15-3/4” x 15-3/4” of ¾” plywood – Large Drawer Front

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.

Cut the legs and sides as indicated. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the long edges of the sides. The sides will be attached to the legs at 1-1/2” from the inside edge. See Drawing.

Cut the piece for the back. Drill pocket holes along the shorter edges and attach to the legs 1-1/2” from the inside. The back will sit ¼” away from the face of the legs on the outside.

Cut the pieces for the top. The top will be attached with glue and brad nails through the top face into the legs, sides and back..

Attach the supports to the inside of the legs with the spacing indicated. The Kreg jig will be set for 1-1/2” material. The face of the supports will be flush with the inside faces of the legs.

Cut the pieces for the shelf and the divider. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in one long edge of the divider and in the short edges of the shelf. The divider will be attached to the shelf at the spacing indicated before the shelf is attached to the desk. The bottom of the shelf will be flush with the bottom of the dividers. Use a few brad nails to secure the divider through the top.

Cut the pieces for the large drawer shelf and side. Drill pocket holes in each long edge of the shelf and in one long edge of the side (to attach to the top). Attach the shelf to the side with pocket screws and glue before attaching to the desk. The bottom of the shelf will be flush with the bottom of the support.

Cut the pieces for the drawers and assemble as indicated. Attach the drawer slide hardware to the inside of the desk. The slides will need to be located 3/4″ away from the front edge to accomodate the drawer front. Do not attach the faces!

Pre-drill the holes in the drawer faces for the pulls. Insert each drawer front into the opening and shim in place. There will be an 1/8” gap around all sides for ease in opening and closing the drawer. Screw the drawer fronts to the boxes from the front through the holes for the pulls. Open each drawer and fasten the fronts with screws from the inside of the drawer box, then remove the screws on the outside. Finish drilling out these holes for the pulls.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired.

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