How to Build a Desk

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  2. Why Should You Build a Desk?
  3. How to Build a Desk
  4. Wrap Up

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{"blocks":[{"key":"qgui","text":"Woodworking is one of the most popular hobbies in the US, with more than 16.8 million households engaging in this activity. There are many reasons why you might be interested in woodworking, as you can start by building a simple item and work your way onto something more challenging. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":285,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":285,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":285,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":285,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1o1ns","text":"A desk is actually a simple project that you can build on your own if you have the right tools. Keep on reading to learn how to build a desk from scratch.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":154,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":154,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":154,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":154,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Why Should You Build a Desk?

{"blocks":[{"key":"5lcb6","text":"You don’t have to be a seasoned carpenter to be able to build a desk. As a matter of fact, this is one of the easiest and fastest projects to finish if you’re interested in woodworking as a hobby. Taking woodworking as a hobby can also be a chance for you to experience a new career choice. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"32pps","text":"As a matter of fact, there are several reasons why you should consider woodworking.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6ustf","text":"Instead of buying stuff, you’ll be making them. Making your own furniture means that you can save a lot of money because you’re cutting down the cost of hiring professionals, shipment, and storage. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5oebo","text":"You can build the things that you need around the house. If you’re looking for something specific, you can make it instead of settling for something that doesn’t fully satisfy your needs. Being able to customize your furniture and the stuff you use around the house is a big plus. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":281,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":281,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":281,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":281,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"el68l","text":"There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes from using something that you’ve actually made. You feel that you can actually have things done, even if life seems a bit difficult at the moment. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"cfa4p","text":"Working with wood is a continuous learning process, so it will work for you if you suffer from low self-esteem. You can actually see yourself improving, and you will never get bored because you’re always doing something different. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":231,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":231,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":231,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":231,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"do912","text":"Woodworking can be a temporary relief from anxiety, stress, and depression. It’s a great way to channel your inner energy into a productive outcome and is currently used as therapy for the elderly, so they can feel that they’re contributing to their community. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"fqfdn","text":"You can actually make money from the products that you make. So while you might not be a professional carpenter, some people might be actually interested in buying the stuff you make because they’re inexpensive or customized. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":226,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":226,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":226,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":226,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4smqg","text":"Engaging in a woodworking project can be a chance to bond with a loved one. It’s a great way to teach your kids something useful while working with them on something that the family can actually use. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How to Build a Desk

{"blocks":[{"key":"f3vno","text":"Whether you need a desk for your home or office, you can easily build it by yourself if you have the right tools and know which steps to follow. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"17eue","text":"Choose the right spot for the desk and use a measuring tape to measure the exact dimensions. If you don’t have enough space in your room, you can opt for a floating desk instead of building a full desk. Also, it’s easier to mark the measurements to the nearest foot to make measuring and cutting easier.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":303,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":303,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":303,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":303,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"435qk","text":"Most standard desks are around 30 inches high. The length can be 48, 60, or 72 inches, while the width can be 24, 30, or 32 inches. You can either build a desk to occupy the entire space you have available or leave room for another essential item like a filing cabinet. 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Cut the boards to be the same width as the desk and deduct the width of the legs on the side. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":132,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"85p46","text":"Cut the wood into 4 legs, making sure that their length is the height of the desk. Paint the legs or leave them unfinished for a new look. You can also buy ready-made metal legs if you want your desk to look different. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ar8s8","text":"You can also use other items like wooden pedestals, bamboo, or metallic wires to fashion legs for your desk. Finally, if you’re interested in having a desk that can be used as a standing desk, you can get extendable legs. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":222,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":222,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":222,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":222,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"e5qfh","text":"Screw the wooden legs to your desk. Drill 2 screws through each leg and into the end of the central piece on each side of the desk. After that, add another screw every 7 inches. If you’re buying ready-made legs from the store, they will have the screw holes already molded. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":274,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":274,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":274,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":274,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4pqn4","text":"Your desk is almost ready, but you can add some extra features like drawers. You can start by adding a side frame to create support then fashion a drawer. You can also add a hole at the back of the desk to keep your electrical cords organized. 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Wrap Up

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