I’ve been searching for a desk for about 4 months (I wrote about it in March). I found a lot I liked, but I either didn’t love the price tag or some odd design element.
Back to the vision
When I ran out of steam, I remembered that the only place to start is with a vision!
So here’s mine: I long for a desk that wraps around me, giving me ample space to work, spread out and doodle. Functionally, the ideal desk is 24″ tall (most desks are too high). It’s got to be sturdy, beautiful and simple. And under $200.
After watching a few YouTube videos and taking an encouraging trip to Lowe’s, I decided to make my desk from scratch. What follows it my progress toward making my vision a reality.
- 1-2 pieces of high-quality plywood or solid wood (4′x8′)
- Newspaper, tape, and scissors
- 3-5 Vika Kaj height-adjustable legs from IKEA
- Electric jigsaw
- Sanding paper (50, 80, and 100 grit)
Lay out newspaper to the approximate dimensions you want and tape them together. Cat optional.
Using a pencil, draw the outline of the desk shape you want. I did mine freehand, but you could use large bowls or tubs to make the curves more consistent. Play with it a bit and then cut it out with scissors. The great thing about this process is that if you don’t like how the shape looks, you can start over with more paper.
Purchase wood and lay your paper template on the up-facing side of the wood. Trace the outline with a pencil on the wood itself. Redraw any lines that don’t look right to you. Yes, white erasers work like a charm.
Put the board on saw horses if you have them. Then, using a jigsaw, cut along the outline. It’s pretty dusty, so wearing a mask is helpful.
Starting with the 50 grit (coarse), sand the cut edges. I noticed some jagged cuts where I stopped and started the jigsaw. Get the edge completely smooth before moving to the finer grades of sandpaper. The little yellow “duck” below is a foam sander to which velcro sandpaper adheres. (I want to draw eyes and a beak on it!)
Lastly, lightly sand the top to remove any oils or pencil marks.
Attach Vika Kaj legs. Since I had to join two pieces of wood, I connected them with two 8″ steel plates underneath.
I’m really tickled about how it’s turning out!
The projected will be complete in about 2 weeks! When it’s completed, I’ll post the rest of the steps and photos.
In the meantime, what’s your dream desk look like?