Introduction: Desk With Removable Top
Tired of twisting and turning desks and tables around corners? Are you sick of scuff marks on your walls from wooden legs and your clumsy friend? Well fear no more, as our top engineers here at Kyle Co. have come up with a desk/table that has a removable top, making it a breeze to move. You'll be moving it all around your house just because you can! The design also works great for pallets! Ready? Let's gooooooo!
Step 1: Ingredients
Disregard the supports and the L brackets on the "blueprints". When you get your wood (hehe), make sure you check to see if it's straight, you also want wood that has a good grain to it if you can find it. I picked up spruce from my local hardware store first thing in the morning and had my pick of the litter.
Step 2: Cut Your Wood
Let's say you're cutting a 26" piece, draw your first line on 26, then draw another line 1/16 over. The saw blade isn't paper thin after all. Once you have all your wood cut give it a nice good sanding.
Step 3: Sticky Fun With Pokey Things and Small Engines!
Layout the sides, you can see I added a brace a foot down from the ground. Pre-drill your holes and throw down some glue for these butt joints (teehee). If you want extra strength, throw some sawdust on the glue (Bam!) and mix them together, you'll think it's concrete, I swear. Anyways once you have it glued, screw the pieces together, I used 3" screws, depending on the size of screw you could throw in two instead of one. For the pieces that join the sides, put a screw in on the top and bottom on diagonals (See professional diagram).
Step 4: Top Bottom (Wha?) Time
Okay so we have our base built, now measure each side of it and see how out of square it went, you might need to shave down the width of the top bottom (aka the box attached to the table top on the underside). You want it to fit nicely and have little friction. Once you're sure you have it a good size put together the box using the same steps as before. Now would be the time to trim the legs if it's rocking a bit, just taking 1/8" off should be plenty.
Step 5: Desk Top and Optional Stain Fun
First, please disregard the door as a table. Second, take your two 1"x6" pieces and lay them on the door, then lay your first 1"x4" piece on the edge. It's important at this step to determine which sides of your 1"x4"'s will be your face, blemish free and nice grain are winners. I used to blocks to keep everything lined up and used a 1" screw (and glue!) on these. Then I did the other side to confirm that it's square.
Protip: If you want a cleaner look, you can screw your 1" screws into the 1"x6" instead of the 1"x4"!
If your two pieces were cut well then the rest of the 1"x4"'s should fit with no problem. I went ahead and stained four of my boards so I measured out the middle of the desk then measured out 3.5" to each side, marked it then put down my two middle pieces. If you do this optional step, make sure you leave 7 3/16" on each side, otherwise you might have to do some sanding later. You don't want to leave too much or you might have a gap.
Step 6: When Top Met Top Bottom
So now we have our top and top bottom, you want to measure each and find the mid point of each (lengthwise). Then determine the midpoint width-wise and meet all your points up. Glue, screw, eat order pizza if you haven't done so.
Step 7: Boltin' Them Holes!
So if you're not doing a two tone stain, you have a complete table now...or is it! Find the midpoints of each box (lengthwise) and line them up. Then, on the fronts of the long pieces, measure out about 3.5"-4" from that point and mark your holes for the bolts. I used a 3/8" bit and it was just bit enough, after I went over the front of each hole with a 1/2" bit so the bolts sat in better. Commence staining, if you're not staining use a clear coat. If you're building this with pallets...pallets are filthy, so you especially need a clear coat.
Step 8: After Staining...
Remember what I said about leaving enough room for the boards...boy is my face red. I sanded a bit of a side of a 1x4" piece on an angle until it fit, gave it a light restain, put the last boards in (after the stain had dried) and then clear coated it. Now take your bottom piece, throw the top piece on it, bolt em together and you're done! ...might be time for more pizza.