How to Build a Wooden Study Desk

For anyone looking for a project to do, a desk to use for work or study is a good one. It’s big enough that it takes some work, and there are big pieces to haul around and nail and stuff, but it’s also easy enough that most anyone who has basic wood-working skills can do it in a reasonably short amount of time.

The thing about a wood study desk is you can make it as plain as you like, or you can fancy it up to your heart’s content. The easiest one to make is where you construct a table out of just four pieces of wood; the top, two sides and a brace underneath.

To begin, as with all woodworking projects, start with a sketch of what you’d like your desk to look like. The one used as an example here is nothing more than a rectangular top with two side boards to serve as feet, and then another board connecting the two side boards to hold them steady and firm. You might want something more complicated, in which case you can find plans all over the Internet. But, forewarning, most of them require a lot more tools, not to mention skill.

At any rate, to build your own desk, jot down measurements on your sketch and then go down to the hardware store. A good size for a desktop is two feet by three feet, by two inches thick. You’ll likely want a better type of wood as well, something hard that looks good, like maybe oak or white ash. That’ll help in making sure it keeps its shape for as long as you have your desk. For the sides, you’ll want lumber that is pretty close in length to the width of your desk, as you want those feet spread as wide as possible. For a 2×3 foot table top, you’ll likely want sides that are two feet wide by two and a half feet wide, by two inches thick. Since the width of the sides will determine how high your desktop sits up off the ground, you should measure this to suit your taste. If you’re a big guy for instance you might want something higher, or if you’ll be sitting on tall chair, etc. The last part, the brace needs to be just long enough to join the two sides together, and wide enough to connect to the top without getting in your way underneath. For this example, a piece of wood 32 inches long (3 feet – 2 inches on either side) would be right, and say about four inches wide and of course the standard two inches thick.

Once you get your lumber home all you have to do is hammer the brace to the sides and then the whole works to the underside of the tabletop; though you might want to glue it together as well with wood glue to keep it from making jiggly noises when you move around when using it. After that, stain and finish it and you’re good to go.

And that’s pretty much it, unless as mentioned you want to do some customizing.