The Lindsay Desk: A Simple Modern Desk with a Built-In Organizer

Build the Lindsay Desk: A Simple Modern Desk with a Built-In Organizer -- this is so great for a study corner or family organization center!

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Hey there! It’s Jamison from Rogue Engineer again and this time I’ve designed a sweet modern desk for you. I’m calling it the Lindsay desk! It got that name because I was given the idea by one of my readers. I know when I have an inspirational block I can always turn to my readers for some great ideas. For these project plans be sure to follow the link below.

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Required Tools

  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw (Optional)
  • Brad Nailer
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection


  • Qty 1  –  3/4″ x 24″ x 48″
  • Qty 3  –  2 x 4 x 8′
  • Qty 1  –  1 x 10 x 4′
  • Qty 1  –  1 x 8 x 6′
  • Qty 1  –  1 x 6 x 6′
  • Qty 1  –  1 x 3 x 6′
  • 2-1/2″ Kreg Pocket Hole Screws (Coarse)
  • 1-1/4″ Kreg Pocket Hole Screws (Coarse)
  • 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
  • 2″ Wood Screws
  • 3/4″ Iron-on Edge Banding

Cut List

DIY Lindsay Desk Plans - Cut List

How to Build a Modern Desk

After cutting the wood to the dimensions in the cut list. I then tapered the legs as defined in the plans.

DIY Lindsay Desk - Cutting

Then I put the legs together by drilling pocket holes in the 8″ 2×4 and assembling the legs together using 2-1/2″ pocket screws.

DIY Lindsay Desk - Step 1

Next, after drilling pocket holes the base gets assembled with 2-1/2″ pocket screws.

DIY Lindsay Desk - Step 2

Then, after rounding the corners of the front and back boards, the desktop organizer gets glued and nailed together.

DIY Lindsay Desk - Step 3

I was eager to see how it was going to look so I laid it all out and was happy with the results. Although, I then decided to round the front corners of the desktop before adding the edge banding.

DIY Lindsay Desk - Step 5

I used the heat activated 3/4″ birch edge banding and was happy with how it turned out.

DIY Lindsay Desk - Step 4

Then I had to finish each piece before final assembly. The desktop got summer oak wood stain, the legs got linen white chalked paint, and the organizer got a custom mix of serenity blue chalked paint and some other darker turquoise paint we had laying around (all products mentioned are by Rustoleum).

Then, I secured the base to the top with 2″ wood screws and started the 2-1/2″ pocket screws in the back.

DIY Modern Lindsay Desk - Step 6

Finally I set the organizer on and screwed it to the desktop using 1-1/4″ pocket screws and finished screwing the 2-1/2″ pocket screws up from the base into the desktop and organizer.

DIY Modern Lindsay Desk - Step 7

And there you have it. This was a simple desk to build. It was a fun build and I love the way that it turned out!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For sneak peeks of our upcoming projects from Rogue Engineer be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram.


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  1. You say that you “tapered the legs as defined in the plans”, but I can’t find any details of the tapering in the plans. Am I missing something?