Modern 2x2 Desk Base for Build Your Own Study Desk Plans

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Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!!!  

I'm at Ryobi this week working on new project plans for you and videos (and drooling over all the awesome tools) that will be coming soon.  It's been a long trek, but well worth it - I can't wait to share these plans and videos with you!!!  I love this Monday!!!

I hope your Monday is going fabulous as well.  Did you get to any projects this weekend?

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been sprinkling in plans for a mix and match study desk system, perfect for your young student or small space -

We started with this super easy desktop plan.  It's just two 24" x 48" plywood panels (you can buy off the shelf in these sizes so no need to rip plywood) with 1x3 frames sandwiched in between.  It's the easiest storage desktop ever, and so functional!  The super easy desktop plans are here.

Then I shared plans for this easy 2x4 base, complete with a built in footrest.  Not only does it look great, it's sturdy and easy to make too!  You can find the plans for these easy 2x4 desk base legs here.

For those of you who need a little more storage, these sawhorses with storage might be the perfect desk base for you.  You can find the plans for these sawhorse storage legs here.

Now for today's plan, I wanted to give you something a little more modern, a little more masculine -

I love how this simple modern base turned out.  So easy, so simple, but sturdy and visually appealing.

You can find the plans for this modern desk base below.

Happy building!!!

XO Ana

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Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
Cut List

4 - 2x2 @ 26-1/2" 4 - 2x2 @ 21" 2 - 2x2 @ 33"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular 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

Build two of the leg frames with the Kreg Jig set on the 1-1/2" setting. Place the pocket holes on the outsides - this is a stronger joint and will be hidden by the floor and desktop when finished. Use glue and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Attach the two longer 2x2s at the back, again placing pocket holes on top and on underside of footrest. Use glue and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Place desktop on top and attach from inside with 2" wood screws.

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.



Sat, 07/11/2015 - 04:49

The link for the desktop on this page is broken, I love the simplicity of the design ... need to see if I can actually pull it off.


Sun, 08/23/2015 - 21:32

I just started this project. Everything is measured, sanded, and stained. I'm now ready to start assembling the legs. Creating pocket holes on a 2x2 do I drill one or two pocket holes on each end?