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DIY Modern Farmhouse Desk

Hey friends! This project was so much fun! I am helping my kids’ school do some renovating since they are growing. The new director will be getting a new office here in a few weeks, and she asked me to help her shanty it up a bit 😉. Yes, please! To help save money, I decided to repurpose some of her old pieces to make new pieces for the new space. I LOVE how this one turned out. The best part, I was able to find you guys similar legs for $25 a piece on Amazon! You can find those HERE! Before I get to the plans, check out the how-to video by clicking the video player below!

Didn’t that turn out so cute?? I think she will love it in the new space. I will be sharing the whole space as we get more work done on it!

Now, let’s get started on the build. You can download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!

The first step is building your table top. Rip the planks and breadboards to 5” each using your table saw. These are 2×6 boards.

Rip 2×6 to 5″ using table saw

Next, use your Kreg Jig to add 1.5” pocket holes down one long side of 5 of the plank boards and add 1.5” pocket holes one each short end of all 6 boards. I used my new Kreg Jig 720 PRO. LOVE THIS JIG. It is my favorite one to date! You can see it HERE on Amazon!

Add 1.5″ pocket holes to each end of the plank boards.
Add pocket holes down the long ends of 5 of the 6 plank boards.

Now attach your planks using 2.5″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes one the 5 boards. Make sure each board is flush on each end and also flush on the sides. I used my Kreg Face Clamps to help me on this part! They are so handy for this! You can see the ones I used HERE on Amazon.

Use a Kreg Face Clamp to help flush your boards for the desktop!
Attach the planks using 2.5″ Kreg pocket hole screws.

Once you have all the planks attached you’re ready for your breadboards. I like to hold the breadboard piece up to my planks to get an exact measurement for this part.

Measure for the breadboards

Attach the breadboards through the pocket holes on the ends of each plank board using 2.5″ pocket hole screws. You can also use your Kreg Face Clamp for this part too!

Use Kreg Face Clamp to hold breadboard in place while attaching.

Now it’s time to start building the apron. I like to place the legs on the desktop at this point and mark with a pencil where each will line up.

Then, you can easily measure for each apron piece. The aprons are made from 1×4 boards. Cut each board to size and add 3/4” pocket holes on the board according to where I drew them in the plans.

Add 3/4″ pocket holes to all the apron pieces.

Once all of your pocket holes are made, attach each apron piece to the table top using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.

Attach apron boards to table top.

Once your apron is done, you are ready to cut and attach the drawer support boards. I used scrap 3/4″ plywood for mine, but in the plans I call for 1×4 because you will have enough leftover from the apron pieces. Add 3/4″ pocket holes on these boards using your Kreg Jig and attach them to the desktop and to the front apron pieces using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

Add glue to desktop
Attach drawer support boards

Now it’s time to build our drawer! This part is super easy. I constructed the whole thing from one 24″x24″ 1/2″ thick plywood panel to keep the cost down. I used my table saw to cut the plywood to sides. Build the drawer box first by attaching the corners with wood glue and 1.25″ brad nails.

Next, attach the base of the drawer using wood glue and 1.25″ brad nails as well.

At this point, you can stop and attach your drawer slides. Be sure to watch the video to see how I installed mine. It’s easy!

Time for legs… YEAH! Remember, you can find very similar legs to mine that work perfectly with these plans HERE ON AMAZON! And, they are only $25 a leg!

I attached my legs using wood glue and 2″ pocket hole screws through the apron pocket holes and into each leg.

Finally I cut and attached the drawer face. I like to nail it in place a couple times, and then open the drawer and reinforce it with screws through the inside of the drawer and into the drawer face.

Now you are ready for paint and stain! I used Sherwin-Williams Pure White for the base and legs of the desk. I mixed Varathane stain to get the table top finish. I combined two stains to achieve this color…

I love how she turned out! Here it is in my shop, but I can’t wait to show you it set up in the new office when we get it in there.

4 Comments

  1. Ruth on September 7, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    You sisters always do great work!!! Love watching!! You are lucky to have found such a great school for your daughter… I could have used one going up!! Keep up the good work!!

  2. Cathy on September 3, 2021 at 8:05 am

    This is a nice project. Is there more detail on the drawer of this beautiful desk? How did you install it? Is it on your video? Thanks

  3. Linda Crandall on September 3, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Stunning table. Great job.

  4. eliana on September 3, 2021 at 5:18 am

    fantastico.. bravissima grazie

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