This desktop is easy to make and works great! Add different bases to get the perfect desk! DIY plans by ANA-WHITE.com
2 - 24" x 48" project panels (available off the shelf) - I used 1/2" thick but 3/4" would be fine too (will make your desktop 1/2" thicker though)
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 sets of simple butt hinges
4 - 1x3 @ 13-1/2"
4 - 1x3 @ 21-1/2"
1 - 1/2" thick plywood panel @ 24" x48"
1 - 1/2" thick plywood panel @ 24" x 21"
2 - 1/2" thick plywood panels @ 24" x 13-1/2"
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!
Build two frames out of 1x3s.
Attach the two frames to the bottom plywood, inset 1/2". TIP: Use 1/2" thick scrap plywood as a spacer to help guide you.
Cut the top panel into three pieces and attach center piece on top of the two 1x3 frames. You can also add additional 1x3s underneath to put a "back" or middle divider under the center panel (IDEA - place a power strip in the back and a 1x3 to divide with holes to create a charging area). Hinge the two side panels on with simple hinges so the hinge pin sticks out the back when closed.
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.