On Friday when I walked into Menards (which auto-correct wants to replace with 'Gaurdsmen') haphazardly (yep, this is what I do with my college weekends ;) ) I stumbled across the lumber section (how could that happen!?) and saw that a 3/4" thick 2'x4' sheet of MDF cost only $6. Additionally a 2'x4' sheet of pegboard only cost $3.68. I bought a couple 2x4's (10 ft sections) and had them cut them on-site. I then bought a few 19 cent scraps of lumber. Finally, I bought a box of screws and checked out with all the materials I would need to assemble a fine desk for just $12. Brilliant I think!
This whole project should come together in an hour or two, tops. I would say $12 + 2hrs = new awesome desk is a pretty awesome deal!
Step 1: Materials
- one 2x4's (10 ft long)
- one 2x4 (or any dimension) that is 4' long (actually 4' - 2*1.5"=45" long)
- 2ft x 4ft (3/4" thick) for surface of desk (I used nice MDF because I like its feel)
- [optional] pegboard (to hang stuff on)
- 4 pieces 2ft scrap wood (for braces, not structurally required, just for stability)
- 3" or 2.5" screws
- [optional] shorter 1.5" screws for the pegboard
- [optional] drill or dremmel (you can hand screw the screw into the wood just fine, it just takes a lot longer)
- screwdriver (or screw gun if you have one, mine broke)