Sawhorse Storage Leg Desk

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:48
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build your own sawhorse storage leg desk - free plans from ANA-WHITE.com

Hi everyone!

Well, I think this one is my favorite.

If you are new here or haven't been following along, we created a modular desk system that consists of a desktop with storage -

And then added the simple 2x4 trestle base plans -

I've got a few more base options on the way for your building pleasure and use, so you can get the perfect study desk.

But I gotta say - this is the one I love the most.

It's practical, stylish, simple and inexpensive to build.  

And it stores an impressive amout of stuff!!!

The tapered shelves are perfect for storing different sized books, baskets and craft supplies too.

The plans for the bases follow.  You can find the easy to make desktop here.

Please share if you build - really makes my day!!!

May your weekend involve sawdust.

XO Ana + Family

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

1 - 24" x 48" sheet of 1/2" thick plywood
6- 2x2 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
Cut List

8 - 2x2 @ 26-5/8" with both ends cut at 5 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel, long point to short point measurement
4 - 2x2 @ 7-1/4" with both ends cut at 5 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement
4 - 2x2 @ 9-1/4" with both ends cut at 5 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement
4 - 2x2 @ 11-1/4" with both ends cut at 5 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement
8 - 2x2 @ 20"
2 - 1/2" plywood @ 24" x 8-3/4"
2 - 1/2" plywood @ 24" x 10-3/4"

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

Build four of the leg sets with your Kreg Jig set for 1-1/2" pocket holes and attach with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Use glue. One pocket hole per joint should be enough.

Once you build one, use it as a pattern for laying out the remaining three.

Step 2

Attach leg sets together to create the sawhorse frame.

Step 3

Use the circular saw with Kreg Rip Cut or a table saw to cut the shelving pieces. Attach on top of 2x2s with glue and 1-1/4" nails or screws.

Step 4

From inside the desktop, attach to the 2x2 tops. Use 1-1/4" screws, at least 8 screws total.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.

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