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Easy D.I.Y. desk

Budding Contributor
Budding Contributor

This easy D.I.Y. desk utilised RapidMesh furniture legs and a Pine panel. 





The project


In need of a new desk, I had two RapidMesh furniture legs and a Pine panel delivered during lockdown.




We painted the panel with liming white paint and it came up really well.




The liming wash was great to use and it's a more subtle white than a white gloss. I only used one coat of the liming wash as I still wanted to see the grain of the timber. It was easy to apply and I left it to dry overnight before I added the desk legs.




I used six screws to secure each leg. The holes are already in the legs so it's easy and solid.





  • RapidMesh 70 x 73.2 x 6cm Black Santos steel tube table furniture legs


  • 12 screws



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New Contributor


I am planning to make same for myself.

Can you please confirm which screws to use?

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @vikasb. It's wonderful that you've joined us, and many thanks for your question on this project.


Zenith 10G x 30mm Gold Passivated Type 17 Countersunk Head Timber Screws would be suitable for attaching the RapidMesh 70 x 73.2 x 6cm Black Santos Steel Tube Table Furniture Legs to the AraucoPly 2100 x 900 x 30mm Clear Pine FJ Laminated Panel. A 30mm screw is about as long as you'd want to go to ensure you don't penetrate the 30mm top. The thickness of the leg prevents the 30mm screws from penetrating the timber's surface.


Please let me know if you need further assistance, and we look forward to following along with your table project.




Budding Contributor

@cmstar Great looking desk, you’ve inspired me to replicate the exact one for my home office. I’m a complete novice, so apologies if the below questions appear as common sense. 

Can you please advise how many millimetres from either sides of the table you positioned the legs before drilling in? 

Did you also sand the top of the table before applying the liming white? 

Thank you in advance!

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @Mohamed1


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Thank you for joining the discussion and sharing your question about the easy D.I.Y. desk.


It's fantastic that @cmstar's project has inspired you to make your own desk. We are more than happy to answer any of your questions regarding this project. It is always best practice to sand timber, especially a timber benchtop. I recommend using the Ozito ¼ Sheet Orbital Sander. This will remove all the splinters on top of the table and give you a smooth surface. Having a smooth splinter-free surface will allow you to paint the tabletop without damaging the brush, it will also give you a blemish-free finish.


A recommended leg distance of at least 300mm from the edge of the table is suggested. This will give the tabletop excellent support and prevent the timber from bowing.


Please keep us updated, we look forward to seeing your desk once it is complete.


If you need further assistance, please let us know.




Budding Contributor

Thanks for the prompt response and recommendations @EricL!

I’ll take in that advice and get to work this weekend, excited to see how it comes up 😊

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Let us know how you go @Mohamed1; I trust everyone will be keen to see your results.


Shout out if you get stuck. We're here to help.




Budding Contributor


Got the job done over the weekend!
It’s come up really nicely, what a difference a big desk makes. Thanks again for the advice and recommendations, I’m keen to see what my next project will be 😊

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Amazing work, @Mohamed1! You've replicated this project beautifully.


Having space to work certainly makes life easier. Give us a shout when you decide on your next project; we're all keen to assist.





I am a novice and pretty useless at DIY hence I have given a username Homer-Built because I usually yell DOH! after one of my failed projects 😣 BUT, I am a glutton for punishment and determined to have a go at this. Can you please help out?  I am trying to cost this job. The RapidMesh furniture leg on Bunnings website is $59.. is this for 1 leg ?

Would be great if it’s a 2 pack but I am assuming it’s a single leg. 
Total cost so far is $314.50. 
For the lime wash, the recommended Feast Watson brand states that it requires a top coat. Do I need a top coat? I didn’t see that anyone used a top coat.  If so, which topcoat do you recommend? 

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