How to Make Children's School Desks

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How to Make Children's School Desks
A simple child's school desk can be built easily in just a couple of days. (the hammer image by Jim Mills from

Children's school desks are both practical and functional. Desks are a useful addition to any child's room. They can be used for completing homework or using a computer. The size and design of your child's desk will vary according to the room size and layout, as well as the purpose of the desk. A standard, simple child's desk can be built in a matter of days with materials available at most hardware stores.

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Things you need

  • Lumber: 2 18x1x4 inch boards
  • 6 24x1x4 inch boards
  • 2 1/4 inch sheets of plywood
  • 2 hinges
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Choose what colour you'd like your desk to be. Stain or paint the wood. Allow one or two full days for the paint to dry before continuing. Once dry, apply glue to the end of one 21 by 1 by 4 inch piece of wood. Glue to the side of one 18 by 1 by 4 inch piece to form a right angle. The connected boards of wood should form the shape of a letter "L." Wipe off any excess glue and allow to dry.

  2. 2

    Nail together the L-shaped pieces of wood with a hammer. This will reinforce the boards and add strength. Repeat the above process and glue and nail the other boards together. Connect the two L shapes together. This will form a box or rectangular shape. Continue by gluing the remaining edges together. Remove excess glue and allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Use a hammer to nail the new ends together. Attach a 1/4-inch sheet of plywood to the top of the desk using wood glue. Let it dry, and use the hammer to place a nail on each corner of the plywood. Turn the desk upside down and place a second sheet of plywood against the edges of the box. Attach two hinges to the back of the plywood and drill holes for the screws. Finish attaching with a screwdriver. Rotate the desk again, with the hinged desktop facing down. Attach the four legs, which consist of the four 24 by 1 by 4 inch pieces of wood, using wood glue on each corner and allow to dry before using.

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