This is my first instructable, a plan for a simple plywood and 2 x 4 desk that I designed and made several years ago.

The idea was to use a single sheet of hardwood plywood, and some basic hardware to build this desk for between $75 and $100. It could probably be built for less if you changed some of the materials.

Unfortunately I didn't document the build process at all, so I only have pictures from several years after it was built, and some pictures of a much larger version that I built later. I've included pictures of the other desk (a similar design), and the completed desk as it is today.

Step 1: Planning

Planning for this desk is pretty simple. Since the goal is to build it from a single 4' x 8' sheet of plywood, the length is dictated by the available length of the plywood, and the height of the desk.

I laid my desk out on a sheet of graph paper using a 4 squares per inch rule.
<p>Thanks for the ible! I was looking for a desk large enough for 2 boys side by side without spending a fortune, this design was the inspiration. I added a long monitor shelf and used 1x2 as a fascia board to cover the raw edge of the plywood, i've never used the veneer before so it made me a little nervous. $68 out of pocket for materials with about 100 decking screws left over for something else. We still plan on staining and adding some pvc cord keeper to clean up the cord mess.</p>
<p>That's pretty awesome .... I like the monitor shelf to help with keyboard space on such a narrow build.<br><br><br>I recently rebuilt an entertainment center in my fifth wheel RV, and used wood like that for the facing instead of the edge banding (although I'll probably use the banding again in the future, as I've done three desks out of it now, and it's held up very well over the years). </p>
Is a back plate necessary for a desk for stability? Is it harder to make it without one?
<p>not only does it add stability but if you make it right, its also great for clean wire management</p>
I don't know that it's required, but it certainly adds a lot of stability to the desk. <br> <br>I wouldn't think that leaving it off would be that hard.
did you apply any finish on the wood?
I used Minwax PolyShades (Pecan). It's both stain and polyurethane in one step. <br><br>It took about a pint (~500 ml) to get a single coat.<br><br>It's OK, but I built another desk later that I stained first, and then sealed with polyurethane, and I like that finish better.
this is very good idea , <br>i will try make it !

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