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.
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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