This step by step diy project is about how to build a corner desk. Building a l-shaped corner desk is easy and it will create lots of storage space in your bedroom, but there are a few things that you should take into account. Always adjust the size and the design of the desk to your needs and buy quality materials. Use professional tools and always pay attention to the safety side of the woodworking project.
Generally speaking, you should buy the best materials you could afford. Therefore, MDF or pine boards are great choices, as the components will be durable and have a great appearance. Use proper tools (circular saw with a sharp blade) to make the necessary cuts and smooth the cuts edges with a fine-grit sanding block. Always align the components at both ends, before driving in the screws.
In order to get strong joints and to hide the head of the screws, we recommend you to use a pocket hole system. Therefore, drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and drive in 1 1/4” screws. In addition, don’t forget to add wood glue to the edges of the components, in order to enhance the rigidity of the frame. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get the job done as a professional. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the furniture plans.
Building an l-shaped desk
- A – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24 x 24″, 1 piece – 48 x 48″ TOP
- B – 2 piece of 1×2 – 59, 2 pieces – 30, 6 pieces – 18″ , 1 piece – 22″FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 29 x 21″, 6 pieces – 21 x 21 3/4″, 2 piece – 29 x 23 1/2″ SHELVES
- D – 4 pieces of 1×4 – 22 3/4″, 4 pieces of 1×4 – 24 3/4″ TRIMS
- E – 4 pieces of 1×8 – 20, 4 pieces – 18 1/4, 2 piece of 1/4″ – 20 x 19 3/4″ DRAWERS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×12 – 21 1/2″ DRAWERS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw, pocket hole jig
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Adjust the size of the shelves, according to your needs and tastes
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How to build a corner desk
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the top of the desk. As you can see in the image, you need to cut three components out of 3/4″ plywood or MDF. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to take accurate measurements and to make cuts with a circular saw having a sharp blade. Smooth the cut edges with medium-grit sandpaper and place the sheets on a level surface, with the faces downward oriented.
The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the frame to the back of the tabletop. Use 1×2 lumber to make the wooden frame and to join the plywood sheets together tightly. Add glue and insert 1 1/4″ screws in order to get a rigid joints. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.
Building the shelf units for corner desk is easy and can be done by any person with basic carpentry techniques. As you can see in the image, you need to build the frame from 3/4″ plywood. Cut the components at the right size and lock them together with pocket screws. Check if the corners are right-angled after attaching each component and add glue to enhance the rigidity of the frames.
Smart tip: Attach a 1/4″ plywood sheet to the back of the shelves and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ finishing nails.
Place the shelves on top of the frame and align them at both ends. Afterwards, drill pilot holes, add glue and insert 1 1/4″ into the 1×2 frame. The corners should be right angled and the side walls perfectly plumb. Work with attention and leave the glue to dry out for several hours.
The next step of the project is to attach 1×4 trims to the bottom of the shelves and to lock them into place with 1 1/4″ finishing nails. Don’t forget that you should cut the ends of the trims at 45º, as to get a professional appearance.
If you want to add style and additional storage space to your l-shaped desk, we recommend you to build several drawers, using the instructions and information from the image. Build the drawers from 1×8 lumber, the bottom from 1/4″ plywood and the faces from 3/4″ MDF or from 1×12 lumber.
Smart tip: It is essential to check if the corners are right-angled and to align the components at both ends, before inserting the finishing nails / screws.
Fit the drawers inside the boxes and install appropriate slides. Check if the drawers open and close properly before continuing the woodworking project.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. In order to build a corner desk with a nice appearance, you have to fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper, after the compound has dried out.
Smart tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint over the desk, in order to protect the components from decay and to enhance their look.
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