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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

 

rmkassen
Frequent Browser

Hi all 

 

I am total newbie , the above project inspired me as have been working at home with a makeshift table. Ordered

Need some advise, prefer a Stain finish any recommendations ? and also prefer the edges to be more rounded .  I have not used power tools besides basica drill assupmtion is that i would need to purchase an orbital random sander and some router ? not sure what type of bit to use to get the rounded edge .  The panel looks big i may need to cut it assume circular saw should do it .

 

Thanks in Advance 

Rohit 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @rmkassen

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's fabulous to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your questions about the easy D.I.Y. desk.

 

It's wonderful that this desk project has inspired you to build your own. You've certainly nailed down the parts list and all you need to accomplish now is a bit of finishing and painting. Using a random orbital sander will make the job go so much faster and will allow you to achieve a uniform finish. If you want to have a very rounded bullnose edge to the table then using a router is the way to do it. But if you only want to remove the hard edge of the timber top, then using a sanding block will let you have a soft rounded pencil edge. If you do need to cut it down a circular saw will do the job. 

 

There are a few paint brands that have the satin finish you're after. Some are oil-based others are water-based. I suggest visiting your local store and looking at the paint sample board in the paint department. There you will see the actual satin finishes on display. I use Cabot's 1L Satin Clear Benchtop Timber Finish for my personal projects. Its water-based paint and makes it easy to clean and does not yellow like oil-based sealers. My favourite part is that it is food-safe, does not release any toxins and the table can be used every day.  

 

Here is a handy step-by-step guide: How to restore wooden furniture.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

KevinMall
Experienced Contributor

Nicely done, good on you. 👍

Megha
New Contributor

Hi All,

Great looking desk.  I am also a complete novice and I want to make a dining table in a similar way. Could you please share how did you attach the metal legs with the timber table top. Don't the nails or the screws damage the top view of the table and do they make the table sturdy. I am not aware how can I attach the legs, so please excuse me for my silly questions.

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @Megha

 

Let me tag @cmstar to make them aware of your kind words and questions. It does sometimes feel that way when you screw in from the back of the table, it will pop out the other side. You can easily avoid this by getting the measurements of your table and legs. 

 

Let's do some quick calculations, if the AraucoPly 2100 x 900 x 30mm Clear Pine FJ Laminated Panel is 30mm thick and the RapidMesh 70 x 73.2 x 6cm Black La Paz Steel Tube Table Furniture Leg has a top thickness of 5mm. The overall thickness would be 35mm. If you use Zenith 10G x 30mm Gold Passivated Type 17 Countersunk Head Timber Screws it won't breach the top of the table because it's only 30mm long.

 

However, if you're still worried about the screw length you can get the next size down. One of the best ways to do it is to place the legs right next to the top you'll be using and place the screw right alongside it. This will guarantee that the screw you'll be using won't be too long for the table and legs. I've placed a diagram below for you to see.

 

If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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