Desktop Bridge for the Classic Storage System

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/12/2010 - 23:05
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This simple to build desktop ties in bases from the Classic Collection to turn two bookshelves into a useable desk. Special thanks to Amy for sharing her desk that she built with a hammer and nails!

28" wide x 24" deep x 2 1/4" tall


Shopping List

Since this desktop requires additional plans, please check the cut list for materials you need. You most likely have the scraps already!

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

A) 1 – 1×24 @ 28″ (Desktop)
B) 2 – 1×2 @ 23 1/2″ (Sides)
C) 2 – 1×2 @ 26 1/2″ (Front and Back Supports)
D) 2 – 1×2 @ 28″ (Front Apron and Front Edge)

Cutting Instructions

Cut List
A) 1 – 1×24 @ 28″ (Desktop)
B) 2 – 1×2 @ 23 1/2″ (Sides)
C) 2 – 1×2 @ 26 1/2″ (Front and Back Supports)
D) 2 – 1×2 @ 28″ (Front Apron and Front Edge)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

You know the drill, be safe, work on a clean level surface, use glue, check for square, predrill and countersink your screws, be careful about fastening to close to edges when working with MDF. If you are building this, you have built the file cabinets, so no need to re-educate you here.


Step 1

Sides. Fasten the sides to the desktop. To hide your nail holes, fasten from the undersides of the 1x2s into the undersides of the desktop piece. Keep outside edges flush. You will need glue and 2″ nails or screws. You will use these side pieces to fasten to the file cabinet sides.

Step 2

Front and Back. In the same manner that you fastened the sides, fasten the front and back pieces to the desktop. Make sure you also fasten through the sides into the ends of the front and back.

Step 3

Front Apron. Attach the front apron as directed above using 1 1/4″ nails and glue. You can nail from the inside to hide your nail holes. Attach well, this will support the top edge piece in the next step.

Step 4

Front Edge. As directed above, fasten the top edge ot the desktop and the front apron. Use glue and 2″ nails through the top and through the face of the front edge piece.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Finish in the same manner as the other components in the desk system. Predrill and use 1 1/4″ screws to fasten the sides of the desktop into the sides of the file cabinet pieces.


Brent & Joelle (not verified)

Sat, 02/13/2010 - 08:34


These plans are fantastic, I'm so excited to build a whole plethora of logan pieces! Were there plans that I missed for converting the shelves/hutches into the ones with glass doors?

Thanks for all your hard work!!! you rock :)

Plotter (not verified)

Mon, 03/29/2010 - 05:49


When I was looking at this plan, I would say that it may be a better idea to put the big piece of plyboard as in the logan pic and add bracing in the middle to help slot it into your desk. Either that or put a 3mm thick sheet on top of your desk afterwards. It hides the line inbetween the desks and the cabinets.

This site is awesome by the way, im loving it.

Melissa (not verified)

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 11:24

This was the first plan of Ana's that I've made. For those who lack power tools but still want to build with plywood . . . a lumberyard cut the top, and I used a manual miter box for the 1 x 2s. (The only "power tools" I needed were a belt sander and orbital sander to shave a bit off the front edge piece so that it was even with the plywood; and a drill (see below).)

I predrilled holes along each side before painting, so that it will be easier to put the screws in without ruining the paint job in the future when the filing cabinets are done.

This was very easy to do and would be a great first project for anyone who is just starting out! :)

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