Computer Desk

A computer desk can be a pricey investment if you’re purchasing it from an office supply or furniture store and if you’re purchasing online you can expect to pay more due to the cost of shipping. Why continue to shell out money for a desk for your children’s room, your office or anywhere else in the home when you can build one for a fraction of the cost!

You don’t have to be great at building things or home repair in order to create a stylish and creative computer desk for your home. All it takes is a few materials, a friend to help you out and some minor building skills.

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Materials:

  • 1 ½ inch thick plan of wood for the surface.
  • Plank to hold the keyboard.
  • 1 ½ inch thick wood plank.
  • Glue that’s specifically designed for wood.
  • Electric sander or sandpaper if you’re going to do it by hand.
  • Power drill with various bits.
  • Level, ruler as well as a pencil.
  • Optional stain for the wood as well as a paint brush.
  • Wood varnish.
  • Screws.
  • L brackets.
  • Carriage bolts as well as locking nuts.
  • Runners for your keyboard plank.
  • Scrap wood that will be used to brace the legs.

Don’t let the amount of materials scare you away. The process is fairly simple and shouldn’t take you too long to complete. Make sure that if you’re varnishing and staining the desk you allow ample time for the wood to dry before continuing on.

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Getting Started:

  • Create a design based on how large or small you want it to be.
  • Cut the wood to the appropriate size.
  • Sand the wood until its smooth and splinter free.
  • Attach the legs using the L brackets that you purchased as well as the carriage bolts and nuts. If the desk is a bit wobbly use the extra scrap pieces of wood to further anchor the legs to the desk.
  • Before attaching the keyboard shelf, make sure you’ve determined a comfortable resting place for it and mark it with your pencil. Then, using the smaller plank of wood that you have, attach the sliders and make sure they are secured tightly with screws.
  • Stain the desk if you’d like with a rag. Dip it in the stain and use circular motions to buff it along with the grain. Once the stain has completely dried determine if you’ll need a second coat and then you can then apply the varnish. Again, wait until it dries.

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The process for making a computer desk is relatively easy and can be done in a day or a weekend depending on how long it takes for the varnish and stain to completely dry. If you’ve never built anything of this magnitude before you can enlist the help of others to assist you. It may be a good idea to get help even if you know what you’re doing just to hold the wood steady so you can apply the screws.

You can be as creative and stylish as you’d like with your new computer desk. You can go one step further and add drawers or additional shelving to fit your needs and your budget.