Schoolhouse project table desk

This was my first project. I didn't even know how to use a drill. With the help of my husband I learned quickly. Everything came together rather well and making the cuts was fairly simple. I used a table saw instead of a skill saw which made the bigger cuts not quite straight. I will have to invest in one of those. Two problems I ran into was not having enough clamps. I had the one that came with the kreg jig but having another would have made it simpler when attaching the legs. I had to go out and get the right angle clamp for the jig and that was a lot simpler but will still purchase another clamp for the future. The other problem I faced was the table legs were not sturdy enough so we added a support post to the back of the desk you can see in the picture. I also made the mistake of purchasing wood filler the same color as the stain. So I have darker areas. Haha. It was great learning experience. And my ten year old is very happy with his desk.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100 we live in hawaii lumber costs more
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Douglas fir
Finish Used
Ipswich pine 3 coats. Followed instructions on staining the bunk bed
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 02/16/2014 - 18:15

We also didn't know how to attach the top. The plans don't give instructions for that and we had to figure that out on our own. We ended up doing pocket holes which takes away from the looks of it. But you can't notice it unless you look for it.

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