Best & Easy Way For Building A Desk
The desk is one of the important furniture product that is present in everyone's home or office nowadays. Having a desk at one's place makes that place look beautiful and amazing. So if you want to build your own desk, you can do it easily by going through the steps mentioned below:
- Measurement: Begin the process with measuring the area where the desk will be placed. Once the user has determined where the new desk will go, use a measurement tape from one end of the workspace to the other end. Write down the measurements as it is important while gathering the materials of the desk. If in case there is not enough room for a full-sized desk, that time consider installing a floating desk all along the wall of the workspace. The floating desks can be as small as 1.5 x 3 feet and will require only 1 to 2 pieces of wood.
- Practical Size: If there are 5 square feet of space to work with, that time the user can make a desk that is 2 feet long and 4 feet wide to ensure that the user is free to play around with the dimensions of the desk. While spacing the desk, do not forget to keep the space for a chair or stool used for seating. Most of the standard desks are around 29–30 inches high.
- Cut The Wood: After the above steps are done then its time to cut out the wood to the appropriate dimensions. The user can construct a basic desk out of 2x6 or 2x4 boards entirely. Markdown the measurements on the boards with the help of a pencil and start the trimming process using a circular saw or miter saw. For a 2*4 feet desk, simply cut two 8 feet 2x6 boards in half of the lengthwise to get the 4 pieces which can later be assembled into a single plane.
- Sanding: Sanding the wood thoroughly is very important to prepare it for paint or stain job. Once the cutting job is finished, sand with the help of medium- or high-grit sandpaper over the surfaces as well as on the edges of each piece with the smooth circular motions. The sanding will help to scuff up the surface of the wood so it will accept paint or stain strongly.
- Glue: Glue down the boards together end-to-end in the widthwise direction in the single piece. Apply the even line of glue on the edge of the first board, leaving all the rounded edge clean. After that, press down one of the cut edges to the next board and then spread other lines of glue onto the far edge. Continue in this pattern until each of the boards are properly situated. To hold down the boards tightly together use a series of clamps as the glue begins to dry. If the glue seeps out through the cracks in the boards wipe it off right away, and prevent it from drying on the surface of the wood.
- Paint Or Stain: After the glue has dried completely, its time to apply 2 or 3 coats of paint or stain in the shade of the choice to the desktop. In order to achieve the full coverage, use the brush. Let each coat of paint or even stain to dry before applying another coat.
- Custom Desk Legs: Cut the custom desk legs using the 2x4 boards. Simply start by cutting the 2x4 board into two pieces that are of the same width as the desktop, now minus the width of the two legs that will be secured on either side. Once the cutting is done now its time to cut down the remaining wood into 4 same legs. The length of the legs should correspond to the height of the desk, minus the width or breadth of the boards that are making up the desktop.
- Attach The Legs: In this step the user needs to secure the desk legs to the bottom of the desktop with the help of wood screws. To secure legs that were cut from 2x4 boards, simply drill out the 2 screws through the outer edge of each of the legs and at the end of the support piece at central on both sides of the desk. After that, sink another screw after every 7 inches all along the length of the support. Fasten the desk gently & once done check to confirm its stability.
- Buy Or Build Drawers: In order to keep the work materials well organized, add a few pull-out drawers to store things like documents, devices, as well as spare office supplies. For adding drawers to the desk, first, it's necessary to install slide hardware or separate wooden frames on the underside of the desktop.
Mount the desktop on the wall for making a floating desk. A floating desk is an attractive alternative to a traditional leg-supported desk if storage is not a major concern. For that simply attach a pair of brackets to the wall at the desired height and then fasten the desktop to the brackets. Mount the desk at around the chest height for making a standing desk that will also function as an inconspicuous shelf when the user is not working.