Easy 2x4 Base - Build Your Own Desk Collection

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:05
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How to make simple desk legs or base - use with easy desktop plans.

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!

This week I introduced a new plan for the easiest ever desktop that you can make with just a couple of off the shelf plywood panels and some 1x3s and hinges -

It is soooooo easy to make.  And super functional too!!!  I didn't have the opportunity to really spiff this desktop up (gifted to a new college student who wanted to customize on her own) so I can't wait to see your mods - somebody PLEASE add a corkboard or chalkboard to the underside of those flip tops!  And I'd also love to see some dividers in those cubby areas!  Cannot wait!

But what good is a desktop without any legs?

I've made several different leg options (and might just have to make a few more too), ranging in simplicty, storage, and style, so you can make the perfect little study desk.

These legs are pretty simple, and even simpler to make.

I love that the back support is the perfect height for a footrest.  

You'll find the detailed plans for this desk base plan following, and stay tuned for more desk base options!!!

Have the best weekend ever.  Come back covered in sawdust.  


XO Ana + Family

Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

For Legs Only
1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

Cut List

2 - 1x4 @ 24"
4 - 2x4 @ 26-3/4" (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square BEVEL, ends are parallel to each other, long point to short point measurement)
1 - 2x4 @ 47-1/2" (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square BEVEL, ends are NOT parallel to each other, long point to long point measurement)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Attach legs to the 1x4s, centered on the 1x4s. I recommend using 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws on the inside, but you could also countersink 2-1/2" screws from top. Use glue.

Step 2

Attach back support 6" up from bottom of legs - pocket holes on underside preferred but countersunk screws will work too. Use glue.

Step 3

Screw the desktop to the leg base - at least 4 screws per side.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:26

I spent way too much time tonight correcting my Kreg jig mistakes. Probably new user errors on my end, but can you clarify where you put your pocket holes on these legs? I set my jig to 1 1/2", and used 2 1/2" screws as recommended. Every one of them came through the other side of the connection. Very frustrating!


Sat, 03/14/2015 - 08:59

Just to follow up, I found my error, and ended up going with 2" screw instead. It worked out. I'll post a pic of the final product soon. Looks great!


Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:58

I am trying to build this desk, but the desktop plans URL doesn't work. Please let me know if there is any other way to find them besides the link above!

fariha ali

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 19:45

i have round table legs without any hardware bevelled at 15  degrees. Can i use these instructions to build the table as i want this look with tapered legs..pls help me . I am afraid that the joints to the 1 by 4 s will be loose and wobbly..

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