About This Desk
This is a very simple table, made with 2×6 legs and a 1x top. The modern style creates a beautiful frame for your decoration and compliments your space.
This table can be painted or stained any color.
More Plans in This Collection
I love this style so much, I am making more plans in this collection. I will add this – this is a beautiful style!
- Chunky Coffee Table Plans (square)
- Chunky Coffee Table Plans (rectangle)
- Chunky End Table Plans
- Chunky Console Table Plans (coming soon)
How I Built This Desk
This table is an easybuild. I used a pocket hole jig to make the piece look more professional, with all the hidden joints. The pocket hole jig also makes it more stable. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, See how I made the same coffee table with a brad nailer.
First, I built the tabletop to the size I wanted.
Then I used a jigsaw to cut off the corners of the tabletop to reveal the legs.
Then, I measured and cut the 1×4 side aprons, and drilled 3/4″ pocket holes on the ends and facing up (pictured upside down above). I attached the 1×4 apron under the tabletop with 1-1/4″ pocket holes.
Next, I put the legs in place and attached the predrilled pocket holes from the side aprons to the legs.
Here’s what all four legs look like in place.
For the back, I repeated those steps to add the back apron with the pocket holes.
Where the back apron meets the side aprons, I drilled a pocket hole in the middle so it wouldn’t cross the two pocket holes drilled in the side apron. Then I attached the back apron to the side aprons. I have NOT attached the legs yet.
I repeat these steps – but DO NOT put on the legs yet. First, restore-
Then raise all the legs using a level.
When the legs are flat, and the table is sitting flat on a flat surface, attach the front and back aprons to the legs from the inside using a couple of screws.
Here is the table that was created. Still a lot of work to do… I sanded the entire table with 120 grit sandpaper.
Then I was spotted with Golden Oak.
The stain seems to come off and is flat and orange. Also different species of wood take the stain differently. No problem!
I put water-based white paint on top, smeared it. It mutes the color of the stain, adds dimension, and helps the different tones of the wood blend – like adding a flattering filter to the piece.
Add a Drawer
You can easily add a drawer to this desk. Here’s an example of how you can do that:
This table itself is quite simple. It takes style! Here are some tips:
- The upholstered ottoman looks great paired with this table, but if used as a main table, opt for a more comfortable chair.
- The mirror or artwork above is important – if using artwork, select the artwork first, then match the rest of the decor to the artwork
- A beautiful lamp adds interest and utility
- Greenery is needed
- Vases can be used to hold office supplies
Free Plans to Build This Desk
Here are free plans to build this table. If you build, please share, we’d love to see your work!