Modular Office Small Desktop

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 08:50
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Special thanks to Anna at Take the Side Street for the fabulous photo. Make sure you visit Anne for all the details.

This Desktop is 52" long and fits on top of the Open File Base. Modify for your needs.


Shopping List

1 – 1×24 52″ in length
2 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Length
3 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Length (you actually will only need 2 and a 17″ scrap piece)
1 – 2×4 (You will only need 17″)
1 1/4″ Nails
2″ Nails
2″ Wood Screws (about 5)
3″ Wood Screws (about 5)
Wood Filler
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies

Cut List

2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Side Trim, underside)
2 – 1×2 @ 50″ (Front/Back Trim, underside)
1 – 1×24 @ 52″ (Desktop)
4 – 1×3 @ 28 1/4″ (Outer Legs)
2 – 1×3 @ 25 3/4″ (Middle of the Legs)
1 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ (Top Apron)
1 – 2×4 @ 16 1/2″ (Top of Leg Unit)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

This project fits on top of the Narrow Open Base for the Modular Office Collection. You can modify as you see fit.

Step 2

Desktop Construction. Build your desktop as instructed above, using glue and 1 1/4″ nails. Make sure you check for square as you assemble the underside trim boards. You will need to finish the edges with edge banding if you are staining.

Step 3

Leg Construction. Clamp the middle leg piece to the outer leg piece, keeping bottom and outside edges flush. Use glue and 1 1/4″ nails. Keep the outer edge as flush as possible. Do not clamp so tight that you loose all of your glue. Let dry. Then add the top apron piece in the same method. As you add the top apron, check for square. One thing to note if you plan on staining, avoid any glue seeping out, this will cause the stain to discolor.

Step 4

Leg Construction. In the same manner as step 1, assemble the remaining leg piece. This time use the 2″ nails and glue, keeping all outer edges flush. Let dry.

Step 5

Step 6

Attaching to Desktop. Attach to the desktop as shown above.


Transmission Service (not verified)

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Chelsea (not verified)

Fri, 02/26/2010 - 09:20

WOHOOO! LOVE this desk! It IS perfect! Thanks so much, Ana!! Now all I have to do is just build it... :)

MommaP (not verified)

Fri, 02/26/2010 - 09:25

It's so funny the timing on this whole desk project. About 1-2 weeks ago my hubby took some graph paper and tried to design what he would want a desk to look like because he's a computer man he is pretty particular about how it should look and fit together and everything. So this is perfect how it's in pieces so we can customize it how we want and now we can use your measurements a little and plans to help us build the desk we need desparately in our office. Thank you again...I just can't say it enough. :)

Floyd the Wonderdog (not verified)

Sat, 02/27/2010 - 02:36

I was planning on moving my roll top desk from the bedroom to the computer room and ditching the old shabby computer desk. My wife informed me that the roll top part would have to be removed so as not to block my daughter's oil painting. Then I ran across your blog. So now I'm doing measurements so that I can build my own components for the desk. My daugher's oil painting is that good.

Christina (not verified)

Sat, 02/27/2010 - 03:43

This is perfect! I know I can build things but never new what exactly what I would need. So thank you! My first project is going to be the Bedford small desk. I have been looking for one for awhile, but everything is to expensive. Even looked for used to fix up, but never found the right thing, and this is exactly what I was wanting!:)

Catherine (not verified)

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 09:33

Hooray! So excited about this collection. We want to build the larger version of this desk this weekend...the one with the 2 file drawer base on one side and the other side supported by the 3 drawer base (bottom file drawer, top two smaller drawers). Will you be posting plans for that base and the larger desktop?

jodimichelle (not verified)

Mon, 03/08/2010 - 15:37

I can't wait to build this for my 5 yo as she's entering school next fall, but would you mind pointing me to the plans for the base part of this? There's quite a few different "cubes" on the site now and I'm not entirely sure which one should be used to support this desktop.

thank you - I have a laundry list of items I'll be building in the next few days as my hubby will be out town! CAN'T WAIT

AshleyS (not verified)

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 07:11

A work friend showed me your blog, and i am blown away! I've just found my new hobbie which is sewing, but i just dont have the right desk for it (im using the end of a computer desk in the guest bedroom). all the ones at PB and such are so expensive. This one is going to be perfect :) ill post pictures when its done!

-jodimichelle, i think this is the base to be used with this desk:…

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