DIY Truss Desk – Free Plans!

I’m so pumped to show you guys our latest free woodworking plans!  I have just started redoing my entire bedroom.  It’s the only room I have yet to build furniture for!  My next project will be the king bed, which I CANNOT wait to share!  Today I am sharing the first half of my new DIY Desk… Check it out!

Free Woodworking Plans DIY Desk

Here is the desk finished with the additional pieces!

For the free plans for the side cabinets click HERE!

For the free plans for the bookcases that sit on top of the cabinets click HERE!

DIY Desk Free Woodworking Plans

Free Furniture Plans Rustic Truss Desk

And wait until y’all see the other half… Well, the other 2/3 I should say.   I was needing a desk space with a bit more storage, and I designed this Truss Desk collection.  You can build the desk alone, or you can add on some extra pieces that I will be showing you really soon.

Thanks so much to our good friend Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations for putting all of our original plans and ideas into printable plans for our readers.  Y’all should check out his site… He has lots of great tips, ideas and plans of his own!  I will walk you through the build below, and you can download and print the free plans by clicking HERE or the button below!

Free Woodworking Plans - DIY Desk

So… Let’s get started!  Before we do, let’s first talk about this supply list guys.

Six 2×4 and three 1×6 boards is all the wood you need to build this desk.  I LOVE that!

I did use my K5 Kreg Jig
for the entire build.  You don’t have to hang around here long to know about our love for this tool.  Ashley and I both currently use the K5 model.  You can find it on Amazon HERE!
For those of you wondering what the heck a Kreg Jig is, you can check out our quick video HERE where we break it down just a bit and explain it’s awesomeness.

The base of this desk has several 10-degree cuts.  I made these using my Ridgid Miter Saw.  They go into the Kreg Jig like this to make the pocket holes.  For the base, I used 1.5″ pocket holes and attached everything with 2.5″ pocket hole screws.

Pocket Holes on angled pieces

You can see below where I placed my pocket holes for the back of the desk.  The pocket holes for the back will face the back keeping you from having to cover them if it is up against a wall.

Pocket Holes for back of desk

Now for the sides.  You will build two sides that look like the photo below.  I randomly placed my pocket holes by how much they would show.   I knew I would be adding some other pieces of furniture around this desk, so I chose to place the pocket holes where they would be most covered.  You can place yours in the same way.

Side of Desk


Once both sides and the back are built, you are ready to attach it.  I used my Kreg Right Angle Clamp to help me on this part.  You can see it fits into a pocket hole and holds the pieces close together while I add the other pocket hole screws.  It’s like having an extra hand which is never a bad thing! 😉  You can see this clamp HERE on Amazon!

Kreg Right Angle Clamp

This is a shot of the inside of the desk once I had it all joined together…

Inside of DIY Desk

And another shot of the back…

Back of desk

Some of my pocket holes were on the inside of the desk as  I mentioned.

Pocket Holes for DIY Desk

At this point, the base is constructed and ready for the top.  Here is mine upside-down and ready to go!

Desk before adding top

I also used my Kreg Jig for the top, but I changed the settings.  Because the thickness of the top is much less than the legs, I used 3/4″ pocket holes on 4 of the 5 boards.  Each of the 4 boards have pocket holes running up one side.

Kreg Jig K5

Wood for desk top

I attached those pieces using 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes and into the other board.

Plank wood using Kreg Jig

Once the top is all attached, you are ready to attach it to your base.  I just laid the base on top of the desk top.  I used 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes on the apron boards and into the top to hold it all together and I was DONE.  So stinking easy!!

I used one of my new fav stain combos for the finish!  I started by staining the whole thing with Varathane wood stain in Weathered Grey.  You can find this at Home Depot!  It only requires one coat and dries in an hour… Yes please!

Weathered Gray Wood Stain

I wanted mine to look a bit more distressed, so I used Rust-Oleum decorative glaze on top of the stain once it dried.  You just brush this stuff on and then wipe the excess off.  Work on one side at a time as it does dry pretty quickly.  You can also find this at Home Depot.

Rustoleum Decorative Glaze

Here she is all set up!

Free Woodworking Plans Desk DIY

Free Furniture Plans Rustic Truss Desk

Free Woodworking Plans DIY Desk

Free Woodworking Plans Rustic Truss Desk

I’m so pumped to share the rest of it and the whole room with y’all soon!  Let me know if you have any questions at all!!  I would LOVE for you to share and PIN this with all your friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Building!


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  18. Jill Ashleigh Brockman on October 18, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I made a matching floating shelf (using your instructions) and a footstool too. Thanks for these plans, it was so much fun to make!!

    • Chrisy on December 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      What color of stain and paint did you use?

  19. Androidrooster on October 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for posting this and the plans. I’ve been wanting to get a different computer desk. This gave me the opportunity to create it myself. It was the first time I’ve tried to build a piece of furniture. While I made a number of mistakes, they were nothing catastrophic and could be more or less hidden.

    Using you basic plans, I made some mods to better suit my needs. First change I made was to use 2X3’s instead of 2X4’s. I also made it 4″ longer since I had the room. Instead of staining, I decided to spray paint thinking it would be quicker and easier. That was a mistake! The biggest modifications where adding two shelves and a drawer.

    The drawer was particularly challenging since I had to build the draw as I was figuring out how to install the slides.

    All in all, a lot of fun and I have a desk that I love!

  20. Aaron on October 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Growing up we would help our father and grandfather build furniture or little nicknacks for the famil and we enjoyed it. As an adult my life was a busy one thanks to the military so I was never in a place to have much free time. Now as a single parent I do have some time to myself and a need to fill that void. Furniture these days is either cheap in price and quality or way over priced so I decided I’d add another hobby to my tool belt. Leaning on what my grandfather and father taught us I began with this desk as it seemed simple and a great build. Putting it together with the plans provided was pretty simple and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Now I’ve lit that fire again and have that passion to continue to build more furniture for my place. Thank you to the Shanty sisters for your inspiration and this is the end result of my project.

  21. Abby Hahn on March 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Maybe this has already been answered- but as a kreg jig newbie I’m confused about which depth setting to use when drilling holes to attach the top to the base-
    Do I use the depth for the 2×4 or the 1×6? Thanks in advance!

  22. Erik Schmitt on March 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve completed the setup..

    Did anyone do any sanding to the desk?

    I’m pretty new to all this.. I was thinking the whole thing would have to be sanded before being stained or painted.

    Anyone have any input for me?


  23. Gregg Ferrie on January 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Great desk and excellent plans. We completed a desk that was 3 inches shorter and 5 1/2″ narrower because of the space we were putting it in. We did use the Varathane Weathered Grey but watered ours down considerably. It allowed the pine grain and browns native to the wood to show through. This photo is pre-stain. All-in-all we are very pleased with the outcome. Thanks again for this.

  24. Joanna Anderson on January 5, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I used your plans as part of my new desk! Although the dimensions are totally different given the shape, I really appreciate you sharing what you used to stain yours. I’m in love!

  25. David on September 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Did mine with a drawer, and changed a few measurements. My daughter loves it

  26. Clifford Hughes on September 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I just completed this desk for my girlfriend. It was a breeze to assemble and it looks awesome. I’m going to do the matching cabinet and bookshelf next for her. Thanks for the plans!!!

  27. Heidi on August 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I need to scale down 14″ from the length (42″ wide). What’s the best fit for the truss braces in the back? Will I need to go to a 2×3 board to make it fit?

  28. Ashley K on June 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Hi, Whitney! Thank you for these plans! This is my first build. I love it! I adjusted the height of the desk to me and my chair seat height. Thank you so much! & thanks @norahacker:disqus (:

    • M.H. on November 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Ashley, what stain/color did you use on the desk?

      • Ashley K on November 24, 2016 at 1:08 am

        Hi M.H! I used Minwax Water Based Wood Stain – Clear Tint Base tinted to match a paint sample from Lowe’s called “Marshmallow” ! FYI Proper application of this stain resulted in the finish you see on the desktop, versus the base/legs of the desk (can you tell the subtle difference in finish?) where I applied the stain as if were paint.

        • M.H. on November 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

          Thank you!!

  29. Ashley K on June 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hi, Whitney! Thank you for these plans! This is my first build. I love it! I adjusted the height of the desk to me and my chair seat height. Thank you so much! & thanks @norahacker:disqus (:

  30. Ashley K on May 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Hello! What screw thickness did you use, to all who DIY’ed Whitney’s plans? I’m shopping for #8-#12 but would like to know if it really matters with this build. And, did anybody sand their tabletop or legs before finishing? @norahacker:disqus, might you have any suggestion here? Thank you!

  31. sqsmith on May 13, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Did you apply a primer to wood before staining and did you use a clear coat after glazing?

  32. Nora Hacker on May 8, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    We just put ours in our home today! Working here and there it took us a month–we bought the pocket jigger, but it still took awhile for us to screw it all together being our first project of this type. We also adjusted the plans to make it shorter and longer so it would be the size we wanted. We also used 3 1x10s instead of 5 1×6 because of what was available at our hard ware store the day we purchased the supplies.

    Thank you so much for the plans and the inspiration! We are so pleased with our final result.

    • Ashley K on May 17, 2016 at 3:10 am

      Hi Nora. I love your desk! How come you can’t see where you joined the desk, did you make your pocket holes on the side against the wall? I would love to know. Thanks!

      • Nora Hacker on May 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

        Hi Ashley! Thank you! We debated, but in the end did put the pocket holes for the back side on the outside of the desk. We knew that we didn’t have any spaces where we could practically give up space by putting the desk in the middle of a room, so it made sense that the back side would always be against a wall. We also chose the worse sides of our 2x4s to face back. On the two side panels the pocket holes are on the inside of the desk. I do believe, though, that with the natural distressing due to the flaws in the wood and our finish, the holes would not be too distracting on either side.

        • Ashley K on May 18, 2016 at 7:36 pm

          ???? Thank you!

  33. Malka on April 20, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Built this desk for a friend who wanted it to work her stained glass projects on, and she loved it! Super easy build, was only my 2nd project and I whipped it out with no problem! It only took me a weekend to build and was very enjoyable

  34. John Torrey on April 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I just finished mine tonight, love the look. Everybody else in the family wants one now. I would definitely consider taking about 2-2.5 inches off the height of this desk though, it was a bit tall when completed. It was a fun build.

  35. Benjamin Woods on January 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Great desk! Just built it for my girlfriend, she loves it!

  36. Keri Owens on November 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’m in LOVE with this desk! Can’t wait to see it in the house!!

  37. Keri Owens on November 9, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I just finished my desk last night! I made it 30″ tall, and 24″ deep. I am so in love!!!

  38. Janae on July 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Love this desk…I am in the process of finishing mine right now. 🙂 I love the chair that you have with it, where did you get the chair? TIA!

  39. Joy on June 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

    How much does tis desk cost to make?

  40. Whitney h on May 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I’m in love with this color! Do you do any kind of protectant over the top? Poly? Wax? I want to do this on my dining room table so I need it to be able to take a beating.

  41. julie on May 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Love this! Do you buy Kreg pocket hole screws or are there generic ones? I am new to this kreg world. Hoping to order mine today! Thanks.

    • tonyr on July 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      There are generic ones. You could get one from harbor freight tools

  42. Kristen Wolf on April 26, 2015 at 8:01 am


    • Rosa Brand on July 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Had to twist my head a bit to see it in full glory, but this is awesome!

  43. Kristen Wolf on April 26, 2015 at 7:58 am

    We did this desk this weekend! Turned out beautiful! Under $50 too! Stained it with beechwood gray from Lowes. Adjusted the size to a bit smaller to fit the space we have

  44. writer3 on April 8, 2015 at 8:16 am

    “You can build the desk alone, or you can add on some extra pieces that I will be showing you really soon.”

    Did you ever post the extra pieces?? I can’t find them on your site.

  45. Lynn on March 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Hello, Can you tell me where you found these curtains? They go so well with the desk and I will be making this desk this weekend! Thank -you !

  46. Ka Lee on March 9, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I built this over the weekend and finished it late last night. Luckily I read the comments and shortened the legs to 29″ because we’re a short family. LOL! I love it though!

  47. J Costte on March 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I had fun Build in it,but I have to agree that it turns out to be too tall 32 3/4″ I have to raise and bend my arms to reach the top ,I will be cuting 3 1/2″off. 29-30″ seems a proper height for keyboard height .

    • Ashley K on May 15, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Hi J Costte, what kind of wood did you use for your desk particularly? I love the finished look.

    • Paulo Munoz on March 6, 2017 at 9:22 am

      What color did you use?

      • J Costte on March 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        Weathered Gray stain and java brown decorative glaze.

  48. Yari De Leon on January 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    are u selling this desk?

  49. Alan Davies on January 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the plans! I used reclaimed pallet wood and epoxy to make the top level enough for my boys.

  50. hingedthinker on October 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    is there a reason why you deleted my comments? I am going to have to remove the link and name from my blog…

  51. Courtney on October 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This is perfect in so many ways! With the decorative glaze, do you need to polyurethane as well?

    • hingedthinker on October 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      HD paint guy recommend using car wax over the glaze…

  52. Elena on October 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm


  53. Kim D on October 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful! This desk might be next on our building list! Where did you find that awesome chair??

  54. Guest on October 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Beautiful! This desk might be next on our building list! Where did you find that awesome chair??

  55. amy425 on October 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    The stain on this desk is exactly what I have been looking for! I have a dresser and night stands to stain. Can’t wait to try it!

  56. Brittney Adams-Vivian on October 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

    What are the actual dimensions of the table? It looks beautiful and I would love to build it for my guest room

    • glaudt on January 2, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      did you ever get the dimensions

      • Sarah Ballenger on January 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm

        The desk is much bigger than it looks it in the picture! Unfortunately we forgot to calculate the dimensions before building and it’s much bigger than I anticipated. 32.75″ high, which is about the height of a kitchen counter, 56″ wide and 27.25″ deep. We cut 2.5″ off the bottom and it’s still higher than I would like.

        • Rosa Brand on July 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm

          Oh bless you for giving me the dimensions. That’s the one thing I wish they’d do. It helps in order to plan a room, so know what sizes you’re working with. I’m redoing my mother’s kitchen and needed a counter/table that would allow a slide-away dining table I could tuck underneath the counter. This is actually going to work perfectly because the sideboard I’m also building her is about that height.

  57. Kim on October 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

    gorgeous. Where is the chair from?

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