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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Carr Desk

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Carr Desk! I just love a good desk wtih substantial lines, don’t you? Xx…Rayan

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6’
  • 4 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 8 – ¼” x ½” x 3’ craft boards
  • 1 quarter sheet of ½” plywood
  • 1 half sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 full sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • ½” brad nails
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 4 sets of 16” drawer slides
  • 6 drawer pulls
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 19” x 29-1/4” – Sides & Divider
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 15-3/4” x 29-1/4” – Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 5-1/2” x 30” – Back
  • 1 – 1×2 at 15-3/4” – Front Stretcher
  • 1 – 1×2 at 30” – Front Stretcher
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18-1/4” x 30” – Large Shelf
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 15-3/4” x 18-1/4” – Small Shelves
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 19-3/4” x 49-1/2” – Top
  • 4 – 1×3 at 19” – Lower Trim
  • 1 – 1×3 at 2-1/4” – Lower Trim
  • 1 – 1×3 at 18-3/4” – Lower Trim
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 14-1/2” x 27-1/2” – Center Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×3 at 14-1/2” – Center Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×3 at 29” – Center Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 13-1/4” x 14-1/2” – Side Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 4 – 1×3 at 14-1/2” – Side Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 1×3 at 14-3/4” – Side Drawer Box Fronts & Backs
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 13-1/4” x 14-1/2” – Large Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 13” x 14-1/2” – Large Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 13” x 14-3/4” – Large Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – ½” plywood at 4-1/2” x 29-3/4” – Center Drawer Front
  • 5 – ½” plywood at 4-1/2” x 15-1/2” – Side Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – ½ (ripped to 5/8” wide) at 15-1/2” long – Large Drawer Front Spacers
  • 12 – ¼” x ½” craft board strips at 4-1/2” – Drawer Front Trim
  • 2 – ¼” x ½”– craft board strips at 28-3/4” – Center Drawer Front Trim
  • 10 – ¼” x ½” craft board strips at 14-1/2” – Side Drawer Front Trim
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
Step 1

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the sides and divider, and the backs. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the back pieces as shown. Secure to the sides and divider using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Position the pieces as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the center shelf and the side shelves. Drill pocket holes in the side and back edges of each piece. Position the shelves as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the piece for the top. Position as shown with the sides and front overlapping by ¾”, then secure using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the lower trim. Secure the sides first, using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, then secure the front pieces.

Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the side pieces. Attach the side pieces to the bottoms using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws, then attach the front and back pieces using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides and divider to allow for the drawer fronts. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 7
Step 7
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts as well as the spacers for the large drawer front. For the large drawer front only, set the Kreg jig for ½” material and drill pocket holes as shown. Position the spacers between the drawer fronts and secure using glue and 1” pocket hole screws. The back face of these drawer fronts will be flush with the back face of the spacer – the front of the spacer will stick out ¼” to allow for the trim.

Cut the pieces for the trim. Secure the side pieces first using glue and ½” brad nails, then secure the top and bottom pieces.

Step 8
Step 8

Shim the drawer fronts in the openings – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides in the opening. Secure the drawer fronts to the drawer boxes using 1” brad nails. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Install the drawer pulls.

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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