Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Crate & Barrel Inspired Hendrix Desk

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Dimensions for This Project
Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • 2 – sheets of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – sheet of ¼” lauan or hardboard
  • 1 – 1×3 at 4’
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-3/4” screws
  • 2” screws
  • Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
  • 5 sets of 16” drawer slides
  • 4 – 1”x 3’ Aluminum Tubes
  • Countersink bit for Drill
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 11-1/2” x 27-3/4” – Sides
  • 1 – 11-1/2” x 59-1/2” – Middle Divider
  • 2 – 14-1/4” x 18” – Drawer Shelves
  • 6 – 5” x 18” – Upper & Lower Dividers
  • 1 – 18” x 59-1/2” – Shelf
  • 1 – 28” x 63” – Top
  • 2 – 1×3 at 24” – Stretchers
  • 4 – 1” aluminum tubes at 29-3/4” – Legs
  • 4 – 6” x 16” – Drawer Fronts
  • 1 – 6-1/2” x 30-1/2” – Center Drawer Front
  • 8 – 4” X 15” – Drawer Boxes
  • 10 – 4” x 16” – Drawer Boxes (Sides)
  • 2 – 4” x 29-1/2” – Center Drawer Box
  • 4 – 15” x 16” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 1 – 16” x 29-1/2” – Center Drawer Bottom

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 sides and the middle divider. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill holes in each end of the divider. Attach to the sides at the spacing indicated with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the drawer shelves. Drill pocket holes in one short end and one long end of each board as shown in the drawing. Attach to the sides and divider with the bottoms flush using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the upper and lower dividers. Attach the lower dividers to the drawer shelves as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

It may be easier to install the lower drawer slides before attaching the shelf. Install the slides with the end flush with the front edge of the sides and dividers (the drawer face will overlay the opening).

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the piece for the shelf. Drill pocket holes as shown. Install using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Install the upper dividers as indicated. Attach the upper dividers for the center drawer with the pocket holes facing toward the center. Install the remaining drawer slides.

Step 6

Cut the piece for the top. Attach to the desk assembly with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The sides of the top will overlap by 1” on each side.

Step 7
Step 7

Cut the aluminum tubes to 29-3/4” with a hacksaw. Pre-drill two holes toward the top of the legs to attach to the desk. Pre-drill holes in one side of the legs (the front and back – don’t forget, you will have left and right leg assemblies!) to attach each stretcher.. The stretchers should be located 4” from the floor. Attach the legs to the desk 1” in from the front and back with 1-3/4” screws. Do not over tighten the screws or it will smash the aluminum!

Cut the stretcher pieces. Attach to the legs as shown using 2” screws.

Step 8
Step 8
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the drawers and assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the bottoms with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 9
Step 9

For all drawer fronts, pre-drill the holes for the handles. The shorter drawer fronts will overlap the sides by 1″ to cover the legs. Drive screws through the holes for the handles to temporarily hold the front in place. Open the drawer and attach the front to the drawer box from the inside with 1-1/4” screws. Finish drilling out the holes for the handles.

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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