DIY “Workbench” Desk

Make your own "workbench" desk for $75!
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DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

I am so in love with this desk! It is sturdy, has just enough detail to make it interesting, and it has plenty of space to spread out your stuff. My “office” for the last few years has been a small computer hutch that was nestled into the corner of our living room. I just got a major upgrade! (This desk is waiting for the office to be be painted, so it can move in there!)

This desk was inspired by the Pottery Barn Hendrix Smart Technology Desk. It also has unique features that add character but at $899 it just couldn’t compare with my $75 knock-off.

Overall this is a simply constructed desk. Take your time on the angled cuts and you’ll be looking for a reason to sit down to work at it.

Supplies
5- 2×6 @ 8’
4- 2×4 @ 8’
3- 1×4 @ 8’
2- 1×2 @ 8’
2 ½” pocket hole screws
Kreg-jig
Nail gun
Drill
Wood glue
Sand paper

 

Before You Start:

Read through all the steps. Make sure all of your wood is straight. Work on a clean, level surface. Sand all cut pieces well before assembly. Pre-drill all holes before attaching with screws. Apply glue carefully and wipe away any excess especially if finishing with stain. Dried glue will NOT take stain. Always use glue before nailing to add strength. And of course, comment or send me an email if you have any questions. Be safe and happy building!

 

Cut List

DESK TOP
5 – 2X6 @ 58 ½”
2 – 1×2 @ 60”
2 – 1×2 @ 27 ½” CUT TO FIT
APRON
2 – 2X4 @ 21”
2 – 2X4 @ 45 ½”

LEGS
4- 2×6 @ 29”, ends cut parallel to each other at a 10 degree angle

LOWER FRAME
2- 2×4 @ 21”
1- 2×4 @ 50”

BRACES
2 – 1×4 @ 25”
2 – 1X4 @ 33”, ends cut parallel to each other at a 50 degree angle and a 41 degree angle **DETAILED INSTRUCTION BELOW
Step 1: DESK TOP

  • Drill pocket holes on bottom of desk top
  • Apply wood glue between each board before attaching with 2 ½” pocket hole screws
  • Measure short edge of assembled desk top to confirm cut length for remaining 1×2 pieces
  • Cut 2 – 1×2 pieces and sand
  • Attach to short sides of desk with wood glue and nail gun, ends should be flush with long edges
  • Attach 60” 1×2 with wood glue and nail gun to long sides of desk top, ends should be flush with short edges

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

Step 2: APRON

  • Drill two pocket holes on both ends of the 45 ½” pieces
  • Drill pocket holes on all of the pieces to attach completed apron to desk top
  • Attach with 2 ½” pocket hole screws, 45 ½” pieces to 21” pieces to make a rectangle
  • Attach apron to desk top with 2 ½” pocket hole screws (4” in from the long edges and 5” in from the short edges)

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

Step 3: LEGS

  • Attach legs to apron with 2 ½” screws (can use pocket hole screws), set in 5 ½” from edge of desk

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75. This picture shows the legs and lower frame before being attached.

 

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75. Measure 5 ½” in for the placement of all four legs. Use claps and scrap wood to hold lower frame in place then attach with screws.

 

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

Close up of the leg attachment.

Step 4: LOWER FRAME

  • Drill two pocket holes on both ends of the 50” piece
  • Drill two pocket holes to one end of both 21” pieces
  • Attach 21” pieces to 50” piece with 2 ½” pocket hole screws to make “U”, make sure ends with pocket holes are on the open end, inside the “U”
  • Attach the lower frame to the legs with the top edge 7” from the floor using 2 ½” pocket hole screws for the front and 2” screws for the back

Step 5: ANGLED BRACES

DETAILED CUTTING INSTRUCTION:

  • Begin by cutting a 50° angle to outside corner

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

  • Measure 3 3/4″ from the point you just made with the 50° angle cut, from that measurement you will cut a 41° angle

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  • Measure 29″ along the strait edge of the 50° angle cut

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  • Cut a 41° angle (this is parallel to the other 41° angled cut)

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  • Measure 29 ¼” from the 41° angle cut

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

  • Cut a 50° angle

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

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  • Attach the angle brace using 1 ½” screws to the outside of the top apron and to the inside of the lower frame.

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

Upright supports and angled braces.

 

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

This piece will only fit one way.

Step 6: UPRIGHT SUPPORTS

  • Attach the upright supports to the outside of the apron and lower frame using 1 ½” screws. The placement of these is at your choosing. I marked the center of the long edge of the lower frame and placed the inside edge of each support 5” from center, giving a 10” space between. Do what works for you!

DIY "workbench" desk for under $75.

These supports are just attached to the back of the apron and lower frame. The desk sits against the wall so you don’t see how it is attached.

The desk is completed! I finished it with Minwax English Chestnut and Wipe-on Poly. Both were super easy to apply with a cloth. Clean up was a breeze! I have been working from this desk for a few days now, in fact this post was written sitting at it. I am SO glad we built this desk. It was a fun, simple project. And you can’t beat a savings of $824!

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1 Comment

  1. Dione Lyons says: Reply

    Love it. I want something nearly like this for my covered patio. But I’d want a storage shelf underneath. Hmm.. wondering if I could adapt that?

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