Make your own desk with bookshelf base plans from Ana-White.com for HGTV Saving Alaska
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
12 feet of 3/4" plwyood cut into strips 15-3/4" wide (about 1/2 sheet, we used the other 1/2 sheet for making the CPU base)
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 29-1/4" (sides)
2 - 1x4 @ 39-1/2" (bottom footer)
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 39-1/2" (shelves)
2 - 1x2 @ 39-1/2" (top supports)
Desktop minimum of 16" wide x 41" long
Rip plywood into strips 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long. Use these strips for the sides and shelves.
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!
We built this with our Kreg Jig, all on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. We attached the 1x4s to the bottom to the sides with pocket holes.
We made these shelves fixed with pocket holes as well. We also attached shelf to the 1x4s with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue.
We attached the 1x2s on the top with pocket holes on the top (desktop will hide them). Desktop is attached from underside to these 1x2s.
We also added a back out of 1/4" plywood, attaching back to the center shelf for additional support.
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.