Welcome to day 2! You can see links to the complete series here. Like I mentioned yesterday, my plan for this series is to see what we can make out of 2x4s. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone. Today we are going to start with one of my favorite projects I have planned for this month - The Causal Desk.
It is so easy to put together, requires only basic tools, and is super affordable to build. It has a simple, sturdy style and a big work surface that is perfect for your home office. So let's get started....
6 - 2x4s @ 10' long
1 - 2x4 @ 8' long
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 4 @ 28 1/2" (legs)
(B) - 4 @ 13" (side supports)
(C) - 3 @ 56" (back/front supports)
(D) - 2 @ 17" (top supports)
(E) - 6 @ 60" (table top)
Dimensions: 60" wide x 30" tall x 21" deep
Step 1 - Build the Side Sections
Use two side supports to connect two of the legs as shown below. The first support should be flush with the top edge of the legs. You can attach it using pocket holes with 2 1/2" pocket screws and glue, or by drilling through the legs into the supports with 4" screws and glue (you need long screws to get all the way through the legs!). Do the same to attach a second support 8" up from the bottom of the legs (this will leave 13 1/2" between the two supports. Repeat to build the other side section.
Step 2: Connect the end sections.
Use the front & back supports to connect the ends you just built. On the front of the desk attach one support, keeping the edges flush with the tops and front of the legs. On the back attach one flush with the top & back edges of the legs and another flush with the back of the legs and 8" up from the bottom of the legs (it will line up with the supports on the side sections). You can attach all these pieces with pocket holes (using a Kreg Jig), 2 1/2" pocket screws, and glue OR by drilling through the legs with 2 1/2" (or longer) screws and glue.
Step 3: Table Top Supports
Next attach the table top supports. These will keep your desk from sagging in the middle. Put them in about 17" from each side and attach with your Kreg Jig (or by drilling through the front & back supports with 2 1/2" screws) and glue. **If you are making your desk longer or shorter you can use more or less supports to fit.
Step 4: Tabletop
Now you can attach your table top. You will have a 1/2" overhang on all sides, so just line up your boards and then attach them in place by drilling down through each top board into the supports below using 2" screws and glue. (If you have a Kreg Jig, you can first attach all the tabletop boards together side to side to form a solid surface, and even use your Kreg Jig to attach the top to the supports from underneath so you don't have any holes to fill on the top.)
Fill any nail holes and give the whole desk a good sanding to get things nice and smooth. Then finish it off however you like! Maybe a bright coat of paint, or some stain and polyurethane. Or maybe a nice dark charcoal color?
And you're done! An easy and affordable desk - and look at all that work space. Perfect for setting up the laptop or the sewing machine. Or both! So exactly how much does it cost?
Project 2x4 Cost:
$19.20 - 6 2x4s @ 10'
$2.50 - 1 2x4 @ 8'
Building your own Casual 2x4 Desk? I would love to show off your work! Please send pictures of the completed project to morelikehome (at) gmail (dt) com. Happy building!
See giveaway winners here.
I Did It!
ILOVELUMBER took a different approach on the top in order to use scraps already on hand. Looks great! (via ana-white.com).
DINIFAM went two-tone by painting the legs black and staining the top. Great idea! (via ana-white.com).
Redditor gk78 built a striking computer desk for his wife. (via reddit)
Jeremy modified the plans to make a corner desk. He built one regular desk and a second with only three legs and attached them together. Thanks, Jeremy! Looks great!
David built this desk for his man cave and added a custom shelf to hold his computer (see second pic).
Jon used these plans to create a fun vanity area by adding a mirror and lighting. I love the built-in outlets, too!
Pam modified the plans to create an eating space in a small apartment. It's a great solution when there isn't room for a full size table! She also made custom bar stools based on our 2x4 Chunky Bar Stool plans.
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