Back to school and homework blues? Ya, me too. Maybe a cute new desk and bench combo for your cute kiddos is just what you need to make homework a little more tolerable.
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Two of these back to back make a fabulous work table or play table, and four of these would be out of this world!
- Half Sheet 3/4″ Plywood or MDF – 4′ x 4′
- 7 – 2×2 at 8′
- 7 – 2×2 at 32″ – Desk + Bench Rails
- 2 – 2×2 at 29 1/4″ – Desk Legs
- 10 – 2×2 at 10″ – Bench Frame + Supports
- 4 – 2×2 at 16 3/4″ – Bench Legs
- 2 – 2×2 at 18 1/2″ – Connectors
- 2 – 2×2 at 26 1/2″ – Desk Legs
- 4 – 2×2 at 15 1/2″ – Desk Frame
- 2 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF at 35″ x 13″ – Bench
- 1 – 3/4″ Plywood or MDF at 35″ x 18 1/2″ – Desk
Build the leg unit for the desk portion of this project. Cut the legs and rails to length and drill your pocket hole in the rails (horizontal pieces) with your Pocket Hole Jig set for 1 1/2″ material. Join using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Build 2 Bench Leg Units. Cut your legs and rails to length and place your pocket holes in the rails (horizontal pieces) with your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ material. Join your pieces using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Secure all leg units together by attaching the connector pieces to them. Place your pocket holes to the insides so they aren’t as obvious. Create pocket holes in the connectors using your pocket hole jig set for 1 1/2″ material. Join using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Create the Bench Shelf and Attach the Front Desk Legs. To create the shelf, cut your plywood or MDF down to size, then cut a 1 1/2″ square from each corner using a jig saw, router or table saw. Secure the shelf using glue and 1 1/4″ Finish or Brad Nails.
Create pocket holes on the top and bottom of one edge of the Front Desk Legs using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ material. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Place pocket holes for 1 1/2″ material on both ends of the Desk Frame Pieces. Attach the Desk Frame Pieces using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws in the pocket holes you added to the Front Desk Legs in the previous step and the pocket holes on one end of the Desk Frame Piece that you create in this step. Create pocket holes on the Bench Rails using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ material. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Place pocket holes for 1 1/2″ material on both ends of the 10″ Bench Supports and 15 1/2″ Desk Supports. Secure the Desk Rail to the Desk Frame Pieces using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws in the pocket holes you created in the previous step. Then secure the Bench and Desk Supports using glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Create the Bench and Desk Tops and secure in place using glue and 1 1/4″ Finish or Brad Nails. If you are plan to finish the edges of your shelf and tops, apply edge banding once you have secured these pieces.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School