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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Desk

11.25.13

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Desk. You know I’m not one to shy away from a gorgeous Campaign inspired furniture plan and sure enough this is a fabulous companion piece to a few of our other pieces in the Campaign Collection. An easy build with modern clean lines, and just that extra bit of interest in the details… 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 8’
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 7 – 1×6 at 8’
  • 1 half sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 full sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 8 sets of 22” drawer slides
  • 9 drawer pulls
  • 10 angle brackets (3/4” wide)
  • 4 – 3 way mending plates
  • 2 – 4 way mending plates
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 1×3 at 14” – Base
  • 4 – 1×3 at 21-1/2” – Base
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 24” – Bottom
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 23-1/4” x 26-1/4” – Sides
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 13-1/2” x 26-1/4” – Side Back
  • 6 – 1×2 at 13-1/2” – Stretchers
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 24” x 24” – Center Shelf
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 6” x 24” – Center Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 24” x 54” – Top
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 20-1/2” x 21-1/2” – Center Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×6 at 23” – Center Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 18 – 1×6 at 20-1/2” – Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 20-1/2” – Side Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 16 – 1×6 at 12-1/2” – Side Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 5-3/4” x 23-3/4” – Center Drawer Front
  • 8 – ¾” plywood at 5-3/4” x 13-1/4” – Side Drawer Fronts
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

Cut the pieces for the base. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the bases using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the bottoms. Position the pieces so they overhang the bases by ½” on all sides. Secure to the bases using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the sides and drill pocket holes in one of the shorter edges of each piece. Secure to the bottoms using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the side backs. Drill pocket holes along each longer edge, as well as one shorter edge. Secure to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Position the pieces as shown (orienting the pocket holes so they face down and won’t have to be filled) then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 6
Step 6

Cut the piece for the center shelf and drill pocket holes along the side edges. Position on each side assembly as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the center back and drill pocket holes in the side and bottom edges. Secure to the side assemblies and the shelf using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 7
Step 7

Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the cabinet as shown using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer box as shown 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. . For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 9
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

Step 10
Step 10

If using the brackets, spray paint them as desired. Secure to the cabinet with ½” screws.

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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