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Easy D.I.Y. desk

cmstar
Budding Contributor
cmstar
cmstar
Budding Contributor

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

 

 

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The project

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

Materials

 

 

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

 

  • 12 screws

 

 

Popular desk projects

 

Creating a dedicated workspace or updating an existing one can be simple and affordable, and you'll have everything you need to be more productive when working from home. For more simple D.I.Y. desk projects, check out our Top 10 most popular desk projects.

 

This simple and spacious deck by robchin should also provide inspiration.

 

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Comments
vikasb
New Contributor

Hi 

I am planning to make same for myself.

Can you please confirm which screws to use?

MitchellMc
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.

 

Mitchell

 

Mohamed1
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!

EricL
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.

 

Eric

 

Mohamed1
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 😊

MitchellMc
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.

 

Mitchell

 

Mohamed1
Budding Contributor

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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 😊

MitchellMc
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.

 

Mitchell

 

Homer-Built
Budding Browser

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? 

Mohamed1
Budding Contributor

@Homer-Built The cost of the legs are for one only, so you would need to purchase two. As for the stain and varnish liming white, I didn’t put a top coat, but maybe the other experienced team members can comment on that. I applied two coats of liming white with a light sand in between. Have a crack at it, it’s the only way you’ll know how you go 😊

Good luck 👍🏼

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @Homer-Built

 

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

 

It's great that you've received excellent advice from @Mohamed1. The Rapidmesh Leg is sold as a single item and not as a pair. There are two types of Liming White. One is Feast Watson 250ml Liming White Satin Stain & Varnish. This has a varnish component in it and does not require a topcoat. The other one is Feast Watson 500ml Liming White. This is oil-based paint and goes on much brighter. A topcoat will be needed to protect it from everyday use.

 

Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to seeing the start of your project.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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