Dynamite DIY Desk Project

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Today’s post is a home renovation post that I am calling a Dynamite DIY Desk project. It consists of a project that Brian, for those who do not know is my husband, and I completed, shortly after moving into our country cottage. I am very fortunate that Brian is handy and he can build beautiful pieces that have really customized each of our homes to fit our needs!

Our little cottage is a place that we both LOVE and hopefully we will remain here until our dying days! Despite how much we love it, storage is definitely an issue! So we came up with a desk and storage shelf (this will be another reno post) to help amp up our storage potential. A large desk was a necessity because we both can work from home, therefore we both needed our own designated space!

Here is the space that we were working with, that was previously a spare bedroom.

Dynamite DIY Desk - Before

We wanted a permanent desk so we didn’t need legs because the desk is connected directly to the wall studs (if you wanted to be able to move the desk you would need legs that are spaced out evenly to provide the necessary support for the size of the desk). We knew we wanted to go from wall to wall so we both had ample working space and also incorporated a center shelf for the printer and other storage. The center shelf not only helps to add strength and support but also allows both of us to access it easily.  Here is a LONG list of the materials that we used.

Materials:

  • 2 spruce edge glued panel – 11/16th of an inch thick x 24 inches wide x 72 inches long (top)
  • 11/16th of an inch thick x 16 inches wide x 48 inches long (center)
  • 3 2 inch by 2 inch spruce (2×2)
  • 3 pieces of metal strapping 3 inches long x 2 inches wide
  • 1 piece of 8 foot 1×2.
  • Screws:
    • 3 inch wood screws to attach the 2×2 to the walls
    • 1.5 inch wood screws to attach the desk to the supports
    • ½ inch wood screws for the metal strapping
  • Wood stain (we used a Walnut stain)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rags
  • Something to cover the floor

Tools:

  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Wood drill bits – used this to make sure we didn’t split the top (i.e. panels)
  • Drive bits – this is the bit to screw in the screws
  • Hole saw

Steps:

  1. You can now decide on the height of the desk.
    • Since I am short, and we were not using a using a keyboard tray, we went with what was comfortable for me, which was 29 inches.
    • Measure the height from the floor to the top of the desk.
    • We used a height of 29 inches therefore we subtracted the thickness of the top from 29 inches. This told us the height for our 2×2 supports.
  2. Identify where the studs are in the wall.
  3. So taking the height of the top of our support rail (the 2x2s) we made a mark roughly where the center of the desk would be.
  4. We then secured the 2×2’s supports to the wall.
  5. Now using the level we secured the 2×2’s the full length of the back of the desk and along the sides.
    • For the sides, we cut the 2×2’s about an inch shorter than the top of the desk. We also cut them on a 45 degree angle for aesthetics purposes.
  6. With the 2×2’s back and side supports in place, measure the length at the front and back to make sure we had a snug fit for the 2 top pieces.
  7. We then measured our two top pieces and cut them both so that the ends of both pieces are in the exact center of our space.
  8. To make sure we didn’t split the panels when we secured them to the back/side supports, we drilled holes for the screws.
  9. To secure the two top pieces together, we used a metal strapping (the center support/storage is going to hide this anyway).
  10. Put the top panel in place to make sure its level and measure the height for both sides of the center support/storage.
  11. Now build the center storage. For our desk we wanted two shelves. This was based on the overall height of the desk and what we planned to store in it. In our case our printer and some binders.
    • Cut the two side supports to the required height.
    • Cut the two shelves to the required width.
    • As with the top drill pilot holes so the side panels do not split.
    • We added a support under the shelves using 1×2 pine, in case we decided to store something heavy.
    • Secure the bottom shelf to the two sides first and then secure the second (middle) shelf.
  12. With the center support/storage created, we centered it (left/right) under the top of the desk and flush with the front of the desk. By doing this, you allow space behind the shelf for all the cables. Dynamite DIY Desk - in progress
  13. Once the center support/storage in place we secure the two together with metal strapping.
  14. Again, we drilled small holes to prevent splitting of the panels.
  15. We used darker wood screws to blend in with our stain. Secure the screws flush with the top of the desk.Dynamite DIY Desk
  16. Now it’s time to stain the pieces. We used a walnut stain.
    • Staining should be done in a well ventilated area as the odor is quite strong.
    • Use rubber/latex/nitrile gloves to protect your hands and a drop cloth or old sheet to protect the floor.
    • Simply dip the rag into the stain and begin staining the surfaces. This step can be repeated until you get the desired color. We went over it 2 times.
    • Let dry for at least 48 hours.
      Dynamite DIY Desk - Stain
  17. We then drilled the holes we needed to pass the cables/wires through using a drill and the hole saw bit. Dynamite DIY Desk

This is the end product!

Dynamite DIY Desl - After

Since this time, we have moved our desk set up into our smaller spare bedroom, because it just made more sense. This is the final resting spot for our Dynamite DIY Desk!

LOVE IT! It works wonderfully for us. Hope this helps you with your Dynamite DIY Desk Project!

Until next time,

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