Recently I was in the market for a new desk.
I wanted to make a desk that was able to be disassembled and packed flat, made from few and easily obtainable supplies with simple tools.
The desk can be created from the following supplies:
1 4'x8'x3/4" A-1 plywood sheet
2 4' 3/8" steel rod
2 3/8" nuts
2 3/8" wingnuts
You will need the following tools:
Circular saw (or other saw for making large cuts in the plywood)
Coping saw (for cutting the notches)
I also recommend a squaring device such as a speed square.
Step 1: Create the tops and the sides
Divide the plywood into 4 pieces measuring 2'x4'. You could have the lumber yard do this for you, or use your own tools.
Two of these will be for the top and bottom of the desk and two will be for the sides. I recommend using the smoothest and most regular surface for the top of the desk.