Building French Provincial Desk

Jan 3rd
Awesome French Provincial
Awesome French Provincial

French provincial desk are an important part of any home office and offer a useful work space in bedrooms or guest rooms as well. Building your own desktop lets you customize the size, height, shape and color of the play, while saving money. The material used to build home-made desktops is relatively low cost and is easily available in most home improvement centers. To build a simple desktop you only need some basic tools and a plan.

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Place the 80-by-32 inch hollow door blank on a flat surface. Use 120-grit sandpaper to work the edges and any irregularities that you can find. Perform a single passage across the door to create a perfect smooth and desktop-like result. Cut pieces to use as they structure the leg of your desk. Use circular saw to saw four 2-by-4 inch studs to a length of 28 inches. Cut two further 2-to-4 inch studs to a length of 26 inches. Cut two 1-by-4 inch discs to a length of 26 inches. Use 120-grit sandpaper to smooth all cut timber. Turn the desk over so it is facing down. Lay a 26 inch stud flush over the edge of the desk to form the dress. Stand two 28 inch studs in each corner of the skirt to form the legs.

Apply a string of thighs between the upper end of the leg and the skirt, and then drive your 1 1/2 inch finishing nails through the skirt and into the top of the legs with your hammer. Do not attach the legs and the dress to the desk yet. Remove them from the desktop. Use the tape measure to find a place 8 inches above the bottom of the two legs. Put it 26 inches 1-of-4 over the two legs so its top edge sits along the inside of the leg at 8 inch mark. This will work as a leg stag. Use the wooden nail and nail to secure it in place. Repeat the same process at the other end of the desktop. Use the drill to make a pilot hole through the leg stag and into each leg, where the three meet.

Use the drill to make two arrow holes in the corners where the tops of the legs meet the skirts. The holes should go through the skirt and leg completely. Slide 3 inch wagon bolts into the holes and use the screwdriver and lock set to tighten. With the desk side down, and with the help of an assistant, the two legs stand on top of it. Make sure the legs are in the correct position at each end of the desk. Use circular saw to saw two 2-by-4 inch studs to a length of 74 inches. Place the two studs on the front and back of the desktop to fit between the two leg structures. These will act as the front and rear long skirts. Use the hammer and 1-1 / 2 inch finishing nails to fasten the skirts.

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