The Lindsay Desk: A Simple Modern Desk with a Built-In Organizer
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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- Pocket Hole Jig
- Miter Saw
- Circular Saw
- Jig Saw (Optional)
- Brad Nailer
- Tape Measure
- 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
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.
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.
Next, after drilling pocket holes the base gets assembled with 2-1/2″ pocket screws.
Then, after rounding the corners of the front and back boards, the desktop organizer gets glued and nailed together.
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.
I used the heat activated 3/4″ birch edge banding and was happy with how it turned out.
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.
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.
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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Love the mid-century vibe and the green color of the organizer with the natural wood top. Thanks for the detailed tutorial!
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?