Things you will need (I have included prices with the products that I used):
(4) Sawhorse Brackets: $13.94
(5) 2x4x8: $12.25
(1) 72”x 24” ¾” Pine board: $25.00 (your choice)
(1) 1.5”x 8’x ¾” Pine Finish Piece: 4.96
(1) Can of Zinsser Low VOC Shellac: $12.96 (optional)
(4) Joist Hangers, for 2x4’s: $3.84
Decking or Drywall Screws
Tape Measure + Pencil
Step 1: The Legs
(8) Legs: 42”
(2) Top-supports: 24”
(2) Mid-supports: 59”
I cut my the legs for my desk because I happen to have a 32” high bar stool that will work great for the desk, and this also gives me the option to stand at the desk when I get tired of sitting. However you can always cut the legs to your desired height.
2. Fit the legs into the brackets, screw them in place.
3. Clamp the top supports in the brackets, screw them in place.
4. Measure the distance between the top supports, this is where you will be placing the joist hangers for the mid-supports.
Step 2: The Top Frame
1. Screw the joist hangers in place (make sure they are aligned with each other).
2. Place the mid-supports into the hangers
Step 3: The Surface
1. Measure the finished 1.5”x 8’x ¾” edge to the top surface. My piece was 72”- 6” or 66”. Then cut.
2. Glue the edge and finish nail it to the front of the top surface. I chose to put a 2" edge on the desk to give it a finished look (see picture).
3. Sand the surface of your desk top. The pine that I was using was already had a smooth finish so I just used a 220 grit on both sides.
4. Apply as many coats of the Zinsser Low VOC shellac. This will give the surface of your desk a protective coating. I applied 4 coats and may apply more at a later time. Whatever type of wood you use remember that if you choose to use the shellac it will give the wood an amber finish.