The perfect starter piece for this fabulous collection we will be covering! These Free and easy DIY Furniture Plans for the Land of Nod Inspired Little Sloan Leaning Desk are sure to give your little people something fun to work and play on.
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 on the site 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. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. 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!
- 2 – 2×2 at 6’
- 2 – 1×2 at 8’
- Quarter sheet of plywood
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
- Angle brackets to secure to wall or an Anti-Tip Kit
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 2×2 at 54-15/16” – Legs
- 3 – 1×2 at 27” – Stretchers
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 10” x 27” – Shelf
- 2 – 1×2 at 27” – Shelf & Desk Top Border
- 2 – 1×2 at 9-1/4” – Shelf Border
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 27” – Desk Top
- 2 – 1×2 at 6-1/2” – Desk Top Border
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 pieces for the legs. Cut the angle in the bottom of the legs as shown. The back of the legs, when set on the angle will rest approximately 7” from the wall when the bookcase is completed.
Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the stretcher pieces. The top stretcher piece will be perpendicular to the top of the legs. The remaining stretchers will follow the angle with the back of the stretchers 3/16” higher than the front. When set on the angle, the bottom of the stretcher will be flush with the legs. The top will stick out a little which is fine because they will not be visible under the shelf and desk top.
Attach the stretchers to the legs at the spacing indicated using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
Cut the pieces for the shelf and border. Drill pocket holes in one end only of each of the side pieces and attach to the back border piece. Attach the entire assembly to the shelf using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the bottom of the shelf into the border.
The shelf will be located approximately 6-15/16” from the front of the shelf to the top front of the corresponding stretcher. Secure the shelf to the stretcher and legs using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.
Cut the pieces for the desk top and border. Drill pocket holes in one end only of each of the side pieces and attach to the back border piece. Attach the entire assembly to the desk top using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the bottom of the desk top into the border.
The desk top will be located approximately 13-1/8” from the front of the desk top to the top front of the corresponding stretcher. Secure the desk top to the stretcher and legs using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.
Attach the desk securely to the wall as well as the floor with the angle brackets.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School