These days your desk gets as much or more use than your kitchen!
So your desk really needs to be done RIGHT.
I just built a new desk with modular bases customized for my needs.
This is an easy to customize system, both in size and in functionality!
On the left I did an open shelf with a roll out for the printer. On the right I did a row of drawers and then a CPU tower/wastebasket cabinet.
Here is a video of my building this desk:
If you aren’t able to watch the video, here’s the photo steps:
1. Design the Bases
2. Plywood Panels Arrive
The plywood panels for the desk arrived about a week later in the mail. I didn’t have to go buy the plywood, haul it, cut it, and then deal with (and pay for) scraps I didn’t need.
The front edges of the plywood panels are also edge banded, so no need to finish them!
Assembling the plywood pieces is pretty straight forward – just drill 3/4″ pocket holes on the horizontal pieces and attach to the vertical pieces with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Instead of a full plywood top or back, I used 1×3 furring strips to tie the sides in. This saves weight, cost, and bulk in the project.
Once the carcass is done, it’s easy to customize to suit your needs. Since you are working with a square project, you can just measure as you go – no need for a detailed plan.For the desk base on the right, I added three drawers and a cabinet door.
For the base on the left, I added a roll out printer shelf. All the bases have 5″ baseboard.
5. Finish and Top
The finish on the desk is primer and white semi-gloss paint from Sherwin Williams (color is Extra White). The countertop is quartz, the color is Rococo. The quartz countertop is just sitting on the desk bases. It is very heavy, so glad the desk bases are well made with 3/4″ thick plywood!
Are you ready to build your own desk?