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The Iconic Children's School Desk is a perfect place for the kids to do their homework, or even perhaps write their letters to Santa This holiday season.

Difficulty moderate

Tools

Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Scroll Saw
    Scroll Saw
  • Square
    Square
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Clamps
    Clamps
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Impact Driver
    Impact Driver
  • Sander
    Sander
  • Workbench
    Workbench

Materials

Wood Products

  • 1 Plywood , 3/4" Thick , Half Sheet
  • 2 Board , 2x4 , 96"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 12" Piano Hinge

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 Desk Base , 16x27x10-1/2
  • 1 Storage Component , 16x16x7-1/4
  • 1 Chair , 10-1/2x13x15-1/2

Directions

  • Cut List

    Step 1. ​​Make all the necessary cuts as provided in the plans.

    TIP: When cutting cabinet grade finished Oak Plywood, use 40T-60T Saw blade as well as masking tape curing crosscuts. (cutting across the grain)

  • Taper Cut

    Taper Sides of the Storage component using a Taper jig.

    Tip​​. I built my Taper jig from leftover scraps and mounted the Kreg Bench vice to it the secure the pieces when running through the table saw​.

  • Pocket Holes

    ​​Create Pocket holes that would be secured on the inside and the underneath side of the storage component.

  • Assemble

    ​​Assemble using 1-1⁄4” Coarse Kreg Pocket screws along with wood glue.

    Tip​​. Use a Kreg Right Angle clamp to secure your pieces in place before driving the screws in to prevent movement out of place.

  • Lid Dry Fit

    ​​Dry Fit the top lid to ensure proper size and grain direction.

    Tip. ​​When securing the pieces with wood glue and pocket screws, lay down masking tape on all the Butt-Joints the catch glue squeeze out and save you hours on cleanup

  • Tape

    To create the chair frame, sandwich together with masking tape the two 11”x 16” pieces and draw your desired chair frame.

  • Chair Frame

    Cut the sandwich together chair frame pieces on your bandsaw.

    Tip. ​​Clean up the blade marks left from your bandsaw using a belt or spindle sander.

  • Clean up Saw Marks

    Clean up the blade marks left from your bandsaw using a belt or spindle sander.

  • Back and Bottom Rest

    Cut the Backrest (9-1⁄2 x 11-1⁄2”) and the bottom seat (9-1⁄2” x 11-1⁄2”) and secure using pocket holes and wood glue.

  • Back and Bottom Rest

    Cut the Backrest (9-1⁄2 x 11-1⁄2”) and the bottom seat (9-1⁄2” x 11-1⁄2”) and secure using pocket holes and wood glue.

  • Base Cuts

    Cut the pieces for the table base from the plans above.
    ● (x2) 16”
    ● (x1) 21”
    ● (x2) 16”
    ● (x2) 8”
    ● (x2) 11-1⁄2”
    ● (x1) 8”

  • Base Posts

    ​​To create the posts, glue and clamp the (x2) 16” pieces and the (x2) 8” pieces. Set to dry for 1-2 hours in optimum drying conditions.

  • Trim Legs

    ​​Trim all of the table base pieces, including the glued up posts (once dried) down to 3” final width, cutting off the rounded over edges on your table saw.

  • Trim Legs

    ​​Trim all of the table base pieces, including the glued up posts (once dried) down to 3” final width, cutting off the rounded over edges on your table saw.

  • Tee Suport

    Create the “T-Support” using the 8” and the 11-1⁄2” piece. Secure with Wood Glue and 2-1⁄2” Pocket screws.

  • Base Assembly

    Assemble the base with Wood Glue and 2-1/2” Pocket screws.

    Tip​​.Secure the screws from the bottom of the legs, that way they will be hidden.

  • Post attachment

    ​​Secure the posts using wood glue and (x4) 3” screws.

    When securing the “Tee-Support”, align the seam of the “Butt-Joint” to sit in the middle of the 3”x3” post for strength.

  • Tee Support install

    Attach the Tee support in the middle of the 3x3 post (at the joint of the Tee) with x3 three inch screws

  • Tee Support install

    Attach the Tee support in the middle of the 3x3 post (at the joint of the Tee) with x3 three inch screws

  • Seat Attachment

    Attach the seat using (x6-x8) 1-1⁄4” screws from the bottom. To prevent flex, stager the screws.

  • Storage desk Install

    When attaching the Storage component to the “Tee-Support” drive (x6) 1-3⁄4” screws.

  • Anchored Lid

    Attach the 4” wide piece to the top of the storage component via wood glue and clamps.

  • Edge Banding

    Using Oak or Birch Iron-on Edge banding, cut each piece to size and conceal all the exposed plywood edges.

  • Trim Edge Banding

    Using a scrap piece of wood wrapped with 150 grit sandpaper, sand flush all the edges of the edge banded veneer.

  • Putty and Sand

    After patching up any of the knots found in the Douglas Fir with paintable wood putty, sand the entire project down to 150 grit.

  • Hinge

    Attach the 12” Piano hinge using the provided screws.

  • Stain

    Stain the Writing/Storage compartment along with the chairs.

  • Paint and Primer

    Paint the base using a paint and primer.

  • Clear Coat

    Spray or wipe on the water based satin polyurethane for protection​.