Custom Desk Build

This post is a bit overdue, but I figured it was about time to do a little write up about building my battlestation.

About 2 years ago I became unhappy with my current desk setup. It was your standard student desk, the Expedit system from Ikea if I recall. It worked great at the time when my wife and I lived in a smaller apartment, but when we outgrew the apartment, I began to outgrow the desk as well.

I decided to begin looking for a new desk.

During this search I learned a few things about purchasing a desk. Mainly, they are incredibly expensive and don’t really have a ton of different options. The majority of desk as well seem to ignore the fact that you may have a desktop tower that needs to go beside the desk, instead putting many drawers in for all your pens and papers.

It was at that time that I decided I should try to build my own desk. I should point out at this point I’ve never built a desk, or anything like it before, but I’m relatively handy, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Step 1: Drawing up a plan

So first thing was to decide what I wanted in a desk and determine if it was actually possible to do what I wanted. I had a vision in my head so all I needed to do was get it out on paper. This was actually probably the easiest part of the job


My highly technical blueprints…

I measured out the length I wanted, and made sure it would fit in the room. For the legs I just wanted to build simple boxes as I knew it was within my abilities as a “carpenter” to do these.

Step 2: Purchasing

This part is where I realized why I hadn’t done this before. I decided to start this project in early January because why not start a woodworking project at the worst possible time of year? Getting an 8×4′ sheet of plywood home took a little more thought than I anticipated, and I had to wait for a nice day with no snow, but I finally go it.

After many trips back and forth to the hardware store, all in I spent about $300 for all the materials to make the desk. I probably could have come in cheaper but I over-bought many of the materials so that I knew I would have enough.

The legs were incredibly basic since my table saw couldn’t really handle much else

Step 3: Building and Assembly

This section there’s not too much for me to tell. The whole thing is very very basic. The desktop is built out of a single 4×8 sheet of plywood with a 4 foot chunk cut out of the middle. Underneath that I built a frame as you can see below to hold the whole thing up. It’s not the most elegant of desk builds but it worked perfectly and this desk is an absolute tank.

I used metal brackets on all the corners for added strength

Once the frame was built, I put the top on, screwed it all together, painted, and was all done! All in all it was a fairly simple project and if anyone else is considering it, I would highly recommend it! It wasn’t as near as challenging as I first thought and I’m really happy with the final results.

Worth it

So there it is! It wasn’t too hard and I think anyone could do it themselves. The only tools needed for this project were:

  • Router
  • Table saw
  • Drill

If you have any questions about this feel free to reach out to me at any of my social media links at the bottom.