How to make simple desk legs or base - use with easy desktop plans.
For Legs Only
1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
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)
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!
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.
Attach back support 6" up from bottom of legs - pocket holes on underside preferred but countersunk screws will work too. Use glue.
Screw the desktop to the leg base - at least 4 screws per side.
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.
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