Home Desk – Inset Drawers

After a week off of writing, I’m excited to post about making the inset drawers for my home desk. After completing the drawers, I realize that inset drawers are not overly difficult to make. But they require a bit more precision than overlay drawers. Definitely worth the extra effort on this project. Not only did they turn out fantastic, but they were great practice for some future projects (like a kitchen remodel). Before I can even get to how I made the inset drawers fit correctly, I have to go through how I built the drawers. I chose a width for each of the sides to make sure they have room to fit without issue. I cut the sides with a circular saw to the correct width out of the same sheet of plywood I used for the entire frame. No need to overly complicate that dimension. For the depths,…

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Home Desk – Drawer Framing

It is time to make my relatively sad, yet functional, desk a bit more functional and a bit less sad. That’s right, time to add some drawers, and more specifically, some drawer framing. The final desk design has three total drawers. Two drawers to the right of the chair location, and one long drawer above where I’ll sit. The drawers will be inset drawers, which I’ll go into more detail about in the next post. The first step to adding the drawers was to complete the drawer framing. I added a 1x2” stretcher from the front left leg to the front right leg of the table, using pocket holes to attach it to the leg. This provides the top of the long drawer and one of the drawers on the right. It also helps to strengthen the desk frame and provide support for the eventual top. I then added two…

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Home Desk – Frame Assembly

The table frame and legs are cut and obviously very classy. Now I can start to see the table take shape. All of the joints in the table frame assembly consist of pocket hole screws. Each of the legs will have the frame screwed into it and then I’ll add stretcher supports in the front. I marked each plywood piece of the table that I cut out to designate the pocket hole locations. This ensured that the pocket holes were on the inside of the table so that they stayed hidden. It also allowed me to drill every pocket hole right away. I couldn't wait until after the frame assembly was built because I would lose access to most edges. There is a lot of labeling on the plywood so that I make the pocket holes in the correct locations. Part of the original design called for adding “picture framing”…

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Home Desk – Table Legs and Frame

Where does one start when building a desk? Obviously you need to cut all of the wood out at some point. In this case, my desk design has the frame directly connected to the table legs. That means that starting with the table legs and frame makes the most sense.  As I mentioned last week, I took a lot of time planning out my cuts on this build. Lumber prices are high. Plus, I already have plenty of scrap wood around the house, so I try to avoid adding more. That level of planning carried through to marking out each of my cuts on the plywood for the desk frame and drawers. All of the cut lines laid out before starting the real cuts. When cutting sheets of plywood, my strategy is to use my two workbenches and a circular saw. I measure the offset of my circular saw guide…

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Work From Home Desk

One of the nice things about developing woodworking skills is that I can take on projects to improve my standard of living or comfort at home. So it makes sense that while working from home for over a year, I would make myself a desk right? Wrong. I spent the first 11 months of that time working from my couch and coffee table. Why? Who knows, I’m weird sometimes. However, I finally decided to build that “work from home desk” a few months ago. It has been a game changer. As is typical of any builds at our house, we like to spend some time thinking about the design. This allows us to make sure whatever we are building fits our style. It also makes the build process much easier. And since this desk is going to reside in our living room permanently, getting the right style was key. When…

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