This free simple step by step Do It Yourself Project Plan shows you how to use PureBond Formaldehyde Free plywood to create a desktop system.
I am very grateful to have been supplied with PureBond Plywood in Red Oak for this project. Thank you Columbia Forrest Products for your generosity and making beautiful plywood that is made responsibly and better for our indoor air quality.
1 - sheet of PureBond Formaldehyde Free Plywood cut into a strip 8 feet long and 22 1/4" wide
1 - 1x2 - 8 feet long in a matching wood veneer
1 - 1x2 - 10 feet long in a matching wood veneer
3/4" Edge Banding roll (25') in a matching veneer
1 - 3/4" PureBond Plywood @ 22 1/4" x 96" (Desktop)
6 - 1x2 @ 17 1/2"
6 - 1x2 @ 15 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!
The most confusing part for me was trying to figure out where the spacers go. And trust me - you want the spacers. It gives the desktop a more finished look and creates a more profound height difference from the bookshelf desktop to the full desktop.
So take a 1x3 or use a chalkline and draw lines as shown in diagram along edges. Use these lines to guide you. Measure and mark the placement of the first boards as shown above.
Use 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue to attach carefully.
Now things get easy! Just finish the boxes as shown here.
Apply edge banding to the front and sides (or all four sides) with an iron and trim edges off, followed by a quick sanding to finish plywood edges.
When placed correctly, the top of the desktop will line up with the outsides of your bases. Screw to enable easy assembly/disassembly through the 1x2 spacers.
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.