DIY modern desk
1 - 1/2" plywood panel 24" x 48" 1 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long 3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x12 @ 23" long (shelves) 2 - 1/2" plywood @ 21-1/2" x 23" (sides of storage area) 1 - 1/4" plwyood @ 21-1/2" x 12-1/4" (back of storage area - optional) 2 - 2x2 @ 5" (legs under storage area) 1 - 2x2 @ 14-1/2" (support for legs under storage area) 2 - 2x2 @ 27" long both ends cut parallel at 10 degrees off square (legs) 2 - 2x2 @ 20" (leg supports) 1 - 2x2 @ 27 - 5/16" with one end cut at 10 degrees off square, shortest point measurement (top back support) 1 - 2x2 @ 34" long to be cut to fit in later steps (bottom cross support)
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!
First build the storage box. You can just nail the 1/2" plywood to the shelves with 1-1/4" nails and wood glue, or use pocket holes. If using pocket holes, drill 3/4" pocket holes, but use 1" pocket hole screws. Place top pocket holes on top (will be covered by the desktop in later steps. One challenge with pocket holes is it will be hard to fit the drill in for the shelf, so you may wish to just attach top and bottom shelves from outsides, and nail the middle shelf in place. You may wish to leave the back off until after the back cross support is attached.
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.