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Building a Pine Kid’s Desk

Pine desks can be pricey when bought from a furniture store, however, with some elbow grease one can be built for about $60.

Kid's Pine Desk Complete

Step 1: Plan it

Planning should be the first part of any project and Google Sketchup was used to plan this one. Google sketchup is a great piece of FREE software for do it yourselfers. After going through a few of the tutorials you will be able to design a few basic things. This desk’s dimensions is  H25″ x W36″ x D20″.


Desk Design Done in Google Sketchup

Step 2: Materials

1 – 3/4″ x 12″ x 36″ Stain grade pine (support backing)
1 – 3/4″ x 20″ x 48″ pine panel (cut in two for legs)
1 – 3/4″ x 20″ x 36″ pine panel (Desk top)
1 – 1″ x 2″ x 6′ pine strip (to make wood brackets)
16 – 8 x 1-1/4  phillips wood screws
25 – 8 x 2  phillips wood screws
Elmers wood glue

Step 3: Making the brackets
cut the
pine strip into the following:
2 – 19 inch pieces
2 – 8 inch pieces
Pre drill 4 holes horizontally and 4 vertically in each piece using a 1/8 drill bit

Step 4: Preparing the legs

Cut the 48″ pine panel in half. Note that cutting in half will not result in two equal pieces of 24″ because the blade usually eats at 1/4″ to 1/2″ when cutting. Screw the 2 19 inch strips (one in each leg). This will be used as the support brackets for the legs. Screw these into the top of each leg using the 8×1-1/14 screws.

Legs with wood brackets (pine strip)

Step 5: Adding legs to desk top

using the 8×2 screws, screw the legs into the desktop through the predrilled holes in the pine strip wood brackets.

Adding legs to desk top

Step 6: Support Backing

cut 1.5 inches off the 3/4″ x 12″ x 36″. attach the 8 inch pine strips to both sides for support backing and screw into both legs. Sand thoroughly and coat the desk in a polyurethane sealant. This will darken up the pine just a bit, but still leave the natural look. If you choose to stain, now is the time to do so.

Kid's Pine Desk Complete

Step 7: Enjoy

And in a few easy steps you have a complete kid’s desk made from pine.

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