// 3D PUZZLE FURNITURE // Mobile Kids Desk




Introduction: // 3D PUZZLE FURNITURE // Mobile Kids Desk

About: Hi, my name is Anna-Liisa, I am a DIY woodworker and spoon carver from Berlin. I design and build zero-waste furniture. I also teach women and girls in Berlin how to build zero/low waste furniture or carve sp…

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Designed for a 7-year old who loves to draw, this mobile desk has no glue or screws. The simple design is simple yet strong and is easily movable. You have the option to add glue if you feel it necessary.

This plywood desk has a simple design that is achieved by bending the plywood. You will find details below on how this was done - and you would be surprised at how easy it is to bend plywood.

A simple system was designed to allow for a roll of paper to be fitted onto the desk. This is guaranteed to keep your young one occupied for hours on end!

For seating, a simple stool was designed to match the plywood desk / drawing table and a handy holder was mounted for crayons or pencils.

Find more projects on our web page TOOLS TOGETHER


1 of 500 x 1450mm 18mm veneered plywood
Nylon rope, 2 metres Oil or sealer to finish
OPTIONAL: Dowel for paper roll


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Circular saw or table saw https://amzn.to/2P7vDFr
Wood chisel https://amzn.to/2Sc1xCs
Sander plus 120- and 180-grit sanding pads https://amzn.to/2ztGuog
Jigsaw and fine-tooth blade

Strap clamp https://amzn.to/2zwDk31

Tape measure

The video was filmed with following equipment:

Camera https://amzn.to/2zuNHEp
Lens 1 https://amzn.to/2DMEM4i
Lens 2 https://amzn.to/2P9BGtj
Field monitor: https://amzn.to/2Q1yyEO
Tripod: https://amzn.to/2KISHda

Step 1: Cutting the Stripes on the Plywood

Use a circular saw or table saw (cut depth adjusted) to cut the grooves as detailed in the diagram above. The grooves should not go entirely through the board and stop 4 mm shy of the top veneer layer.
The cut grooves allow you to gently bend over the plywood. Wrap the frame with a strap clamp to make it easier to bend the plywood to shape.

Step 2: Making All the Cuts

The next step is to make all the cuts for the paper holder and pencil container. If you aren't adding these you can skip this step. Drill out the holes to the required width and clean out with a chisel.
Cut out slots for threading nylon rope to hold the top and bottom assembly tightly together. See the video below for a more detailed explanation.

GOOD TO KNOW: Use a sharp wood chisel for clean edges.

Step 3: Finishing and Bending the Plywood

Once your table (and stool) is assembled, apply a suitable oil or sealer to protect.

Step 4: Installing the Paper Holder

You will find detailed instructions and measurements for making the stool on the video below.

Step 5: Making the Stool

Mark the sawing route to the plywood and carefully saw all the pieces. Before sawing cover the sawing route with the painting tape. Use a drill to make the first cut.

Step 6:

Step 7: Installing All Together

If you have made everything correctly then this is the easiest part of this project.

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    Question 3 years ago

    How thick is the plywood that you used? I can't seem to find where you mentioned it in your 'ible.

    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    3 years ago

    So glad you love it! I was so tired of our daughter asking for some new paper so I decided to add it. I admit that the idea came from IKEA, though.


    3 years ago

    Neat. But my son would break this thing in about 4 minutes by climbing atop it.

    Everything I build for him has to be super heavy duty.

    Wood Sisters
    Wood Sisters

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hey! Thanks for the comment.
    Actually, if you would stick some wood glue in between the holes of the holes of the break poinst, he would not be able to break it! We use the beech plywood which is very strong, even a grown up could not break it. :)

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 years ago

    Love it! The holder for the roll of paper is a wonderful touch :)