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Large desk built on a budget

Nham
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Nham
Nham
Established Contributor

A large and sturdy desk that's easy to put together for under $150.

 

 

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The project

 

I built an affordable computer desk while working from home. I needed an extended desk to fit into the study but couldn't find anything within my budget. My budget was under $150 for a two-metre long desk. It's a straightforward build, and anyone can do it. It was the first desk that I've made. 

 

Measurements 

  • Length 2000mm
  • Depth 500mm
  • Height 790mm

Materials from Bunnings:

 

I made another desk with my son and we changed the brackets to Carinya 75 x 75 x 25 x 2.5mm Zinc Plated Angle Brackets, which we have found to be even stronger.

 

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For the frame, I got the Bunnings staff to cut everything to length – the staff are awesome and happy to help out. If I had to modify any lengths on the frame, I used a jigsaw. For the table top, I used a AEG circular saw with a 40T circular saw blade. To cut it in a straight line, I used a wooden guide.

 

I used a regular paintbrush to apply 2-3 coats using Dulux White on White. It was leftover trim paint from when we painted the house.

 

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To attach the benchtop, I used silicone and reinforced underneath the frame with small L-shaped brackets. The brackets keep the top from moving and the silicone acts as the adhesive.

 

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How to build a desk

 

Create your own dedicated workspace with Experienced Workshop member Rob's step-by-step guide to building your own desk.

 

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More desk projects

 

Following this build, Nham built two desks with his sons – one with a rubber wood worktop and Dulux Domino painted frame, and another desk with a Dulux White on White frame and lovely Spotted Gum top.

 

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Workshop member jeevanfranciz built this desk using Pine, coating the top with walnut stain and the legs with vintage white matte paint for a brilliant finish.

 

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Workshop member butters picked up a benchtop from Bunnings to build this floating study desk with a cable tray to keep everything tidy underneath.

 

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