Intro: Simple Low Cost Desk/Table
This is a modified version of the desk from the Ana White website. Keeping with my upcycled theme, this project was built from the top of an old desk. If you prefer, the top can be made from 2x12s. I’ve also included a quick video of the build along with a PDF version of the plans.
Step 1: Tools/Materials
- Saw (Table or Miter)
- Drill and bits
- Pocket hole jig (optional)
- Nail gun (optional)
- Tape measure
- Table Top (48” x 24” or two 2x12x48)
- Five 8 foot long 2x4 (think ahead with the cuts)
- One 8 foot long 1x4
- Screws or Nails
- Wood filler
- Paint or Stain
Step 2: Cut Wood for Legs
You will be building two identical leg assemblies. Cut the following pieces:
Step 3: Leg Assy - Step 1
Attach the “Leg – Horizontal – Thin” sections to the “Leg – Vertical”. Pre-drill and use a countersink bit for the holes. I used 2 ½” deck screws and glue for this attachment.
Step 4: Leg Assy - Step 2
Add “supports” as shown. I used a nail gun and glue for these connections. A second option is to use a pocket hole jig.
Step 5: Leg Assy - Step 3
Attach “Leg – Horizontal – 45 Degree” to the top and bottom of leg assemblies as shown. I used a nail gun and glue for this attachment.
Step 6: Leg Assy - Step 4
Before installing the “Leg – Horizontal – Thick” sections, pre-drill the pocket hole jig holes to 2 of the 4 pieces. These holes will be used to secure the legs to the top. Attach “Leg – Horizontal – Thick” to the top and bottom of leg assemblies as shown. Again, I used a nail gun and glue for this attachment.
Step 7: Leg Assy - Step 5
Add the feet as shown.
Step 8: Repeat
Repeat process for the second leg assembly.
Step 9: Cut Horizontal and Angle Supports
Cut horizontal and angle supports as shown. Think ahead at this step and add the pocket hole jig holes to the ends and to 2 of the horizontal pieces that will be used to secure the top.
Step 10: Attach Horizontal and Angled Supports
Attach horizontal supports as shown. This step will most likely require two people.
Optional: Add angle supports. Note that I didn’t include this step on this version due to the smaller size. The large version shown below includes the supports
Step 11: Sand / Paint
Wood filler could be used at this point - depends on how “rustic” you want the desk to look. Sand assembly as desired. I painted both sections at this point since it’s easier to paint separately.
Step 12: Attach Top
Attach top using the pocket hole drill holes. Note that screws or nails can be used in lieu of the pocket hole jig attachment method. Just counter sink the holes and use wood filler to cover the holes.
Step 13: Finished
Step 14: Larger Version
I previously built a larger version which is closer to the Ana White plans.
Step 15: Matching Book Shelf
See matching book shelf here: