Study Desks

Submitted by Michael B on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 15:46
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Two Desks One Great View
Built-in Study Desks to cover Window HVAC Unit

Room with a view
NYC - a shop in my living room to keep the rest of the Apt Semi-clean
Built in ledger board for wall support
String is an excellent way to keep check on straight lines
Simple joinery along with wood glue makes for strong construction
Level is KEY!!!

The existing conditions that I had within the two bedrooms was slightly more challenging than having a straight wall.But I could not let the views be waited form the window (looking out from 15th floor). so I wanted to give ample space for good lay-out as well as allow for quite contemplation or quite reading. so I knew that a wind seat was necessary and flush grill for HVAC ventilation were both requirements. since my kids are both tweens I also knew that these desks would have to support their full weight. and as they grew my wife and I both are hoping that these desks will not need to (but still will be able to) support their teenage bodies.
Douglas Fir 2X8 was the choice of lumber that I used. It is strong yet has enough caricature that the grain can be quite lovely. Also as desks for a kid I did not want to be too worried about damage (Cost vs. Repair).
As the rooms (NYC) had limited sizes I had to keep the desks to a max depth of 21" and 2x6's would not have given me enough depth. so I had to rip down the 2X8's to 7". This was much harder than I thought it would be. I have a nice set of tools, but I do not have a commercial grade table saw. I have a nice residential model that I bought at The Home Depot. Although, this is a very nice inexpensive saw that will serve me for many other lighter projects, the power that this saw lacked was apparent when trying to rip down a 12' 2X8. Luckily I only had 6 of these to rip. Other wise I would have quit and call in one of my pros.
After theses were ripped all that was necessary was stitching them together with the Kreg Tool. I HAVE TO SAY - THIS TOOL IS AWESOME!!!!!!! a little wood glue and alternate stitching on the underside of the top and I had a VERY solid piece of furniture.
The supports were another challenge. I wanted the stick frame to be extra supportive so I attempted to lap all the corners reverentially and horizontally (many mistakes and that's why I had so many 2X2's.
The table top was secured by the Kreg Tool as well as wood glue. I have a few projects on going so I bought the gallon of this stuff. I use it for everything.

11'-10" x 3'-0"


Shopping List

6 - 12' 2X8 Doug Fir
12 - 8' 2X2 Furniture grade Doug Fir
2 - 12' 2X4 Doug Fir
1 - 8' 1X8 White Pine
Wood Glue
60 Grit Sand Paper
100 Grit sand Paper

Common Materials
1 inch screws
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Table Saw
Power Sander
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!

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.



Tue, 06/11/2013 - 07:15

I love the size of this desk. My hubby and I just recently moved into a house but the rooms are super small and I needed a desk for my craft room. This is perfect! Thank you!

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