D.I.Y / L-Shape Desk


Working from home and want a new desk or to spice up your home office? You really need to checkout this L-Shaped Desk I recently made.

Before we get started here is a quick list of the tools I used for the job.

Carpenter Square
Straight edge ( anything long and straight that you can use as a straight guide)
Measuring tape
Painters tape
Skill saw
Two clamps
Nails 1 1/4 inch
Hammer or nail gun
Wood ripped down 1 inch wide x ¾ inch thick and the length of each section.

1 – 4 x 8 x 3/4 Plywood I used pure bond Aspen
1 – 1 x 12 x 8 laminated white pine used to cover plywood edge

See the link at the end for the plans I used to build the base of the desk.





To start things off I cut plywood to the length and width of the desk but making sure to leave a 1/2 inch overhang all around.

Getting ready to cut

Next, I measured the rectangular part to be cut out, marking the edges with a pencil. Tip, before you start cutting save yourself some heartbreak by using your tape to cover the area to be cut to reduce chipping.

Using the straight edge as a guide I made my first cut.

First cut

I used the straight edge again to cut out the other side and then cleaned up the corners with a hand saw.

Cutting the L-Shape


I used nails and glue on the edgings to cover the plywood edges. You could also use your iron and put edge banding on.

Adding the trim to cover the plywood edges
I sanded it smooth using both 220 grit and 320 grit before staining the desktop with Special Walnut and finishing it with a clear coat.


The desk legs I whitewashed which you can do with a mixture of white paint and water, just make sure to wipe away any drippings.

Follow these plans from Handmade Haven for the base of the desk


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