Step 1: Break Those Pallets
- Pry Bar
- Work Bench (I used a 5 gallon pickle bucket)
I got a couple of pallets at the loading bay at work and was able to break them apart by carefully using a hammer and crowbar. Once I got all the individual boards, I used a hammer and pickle bucket-work bench to knock all the nails out. Since I live in an apartment building, my worksite was an empty parking space next to my car.
Step 2: Start Building Pieces!
- Cordless Electric Drill
- Measuring Tape
- Workbench (again my handy pickle buckets)
- Multiple Grains of Sandpaper (and sandpaper tool)
- Deck Screws
- Deck Stain
To begin my design I based the height of the desk on where my knees would be at right angles and my arms would lay on the desktop comfortably. I did this mostly by guesswork and sitting on the back of my car, but a very good way to find this is to go out to a store and measure existing desks that you like the height of!
The depth of the desk I based on the flat boards I would use on the top of the desk but with 2 inches removed so that there would be an inch lip on the front and back. The width of the desk was based on the length of the flat top boards, again planning for an inch overhang on each side.
To begin construction I built two rectangles that will be the sides of the desk, raising the bottom of the rectangle up about 3 inches so that there are legs to the desk. Remember to drill pilot holes for the screws before screwing everything together so that the wood does not split!
Step 3: Connect the Ends
Step 4: Add Support
Step 5: Placing the Top
Step 6: Stain It!
Always stain in a ventilated area and make sure that the stain is dry before bringing it into your house/apartment. Don't want to get stain on the floor!
Step 7: Finished
Thank you for reading this instructable, this desk was made with a minimalist mentality and a college student budget in mind. Hope you all enjoyed my first instructable!