Build a desk inspired by Pottery Barn's Chatham Desk! Free step by step plans for beginners!
1 - Sheet of 3/4" Plywood or MDF or particle board (please go the Formaldehyde Free route!) cut into 15 3/4" x 8 foot long strips, referred to as 1x16s in this plan
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long
1 knob or handle
1 set of 16" euro style white drawer slides (the ones that mount on the bottom corner of the drawer - should be the cheapest ones)
Scrap piece of 1/4" plywood 23" x 16"
2 - 1x16 @ 28" (Sides)
4 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4" (Side Trim)
6 - 2x2 @ 30" (Legs)
2 - 1x16 @ 24" (Shelves - one is optional)
3 - 2x2 @ 24" (Front/Back Trim)
2 - 1x2 @ 24" (Drawer Trim)
1 - 1x16 @ 60" (Top)
1 - 1x3 @ 60" (Top)
1 - 1x2 @ 60" (Top)
2 - 1x3 @ 21 1/2" (Drawer Front/Back)
2 - 1x3 @ 16" (Drawer Sides)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 16" x 23" (Drawer Bottom)
1 - 1x4 @ 23 3/4" (Drawer Face)
1 - 1x4 @ 15 3/4" - Leg Apron
Rip plywood into strips 15 3/4" wide x 8 feet long. These strips will be referred to as "1x16" boards.
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 trim to top and bottom of sides. Use 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue. NOTE: You may wish to predrill pocket holes prior to this step.
Attach legs to sides as shown in diagram, edges flush to trim, back and top. NOTE: Legs can be tapered as shown.
Place bottom shelf and attach with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. NOTE: You may wish to also drill 3/4" pocket holes along front and back edges for attaching shelf trim (next step).
Attach shelf trim either through predrilled pocket holes or with 2" finish nails and glue.
Next is the front trim. Super easy stuff here!
The drawer is just a box with 1/4" plywood on the bottom. If you use pocket holes, place on outsides - the drawer face will cover them up :)
This is up to you - you can attach the drawer face now or wait until after you install the drawer in the cabinet. I like to attach with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails, avoiding hardware locations.
The drawer needs to be installed so there is an even 1/8" gap along top and side edges. If you install drawer box, install leaving room for face (3/4") and then just attach face with an even gap on all sides.
ow simply add the bottom trim. Hard part is ovah!
Shelf is optional - you can install fixed with pocket hole screws or make adjustable with shelf pins.
Build the leg end as shown above.
Now the top. Use clamps for a very flat top.
And now just attach all the parts!
Just in case you need a little extra support.
Or your legs aren't staying in place.
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.