Introduction

Inspired by the online People's Choice vote for an office off the family room, the Mega Dens crew designed and built this crafty office desk. It has a vintage vibe, while being newly built. They also incorporated two vintage fruit trays as drawers.

Step 1

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Chris Grundy at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Get Started

Start by mitering the desk legs. Cut (4) 3x3 walnut pieces to 35 1/2" with a one square end and one 45 degree end. Next cut (2) 3x3 walnut pieces to 21” with two 45 degree ends.

Step 2

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Building the office desk at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Join the Legs

To join the legs, drill two 1/2" deep pocket screw holes 1 1/2" in from the ends of the 35 1/2" pieces. Drill the 21" pieces at 1" and 2" centered.

Step 3

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Building the office desk at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Attach the Legs

Cut (16) 3/8" plugs from a piece of spare walnut with the plug cutter. Join the corners of the legs with wood glue and pocket screws.

Step 4

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Building the office desk at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Add Plug In

Finally, drive the walnut plugs in.

Step 5

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Chris Grundy and Anitra Mecadon at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Form the Skirt

To form the skirt of the desk, cut the walnut 1x8 into (2) 15" and (1) 5'4" respectively. Drill (4) pocket holes in each end, then join the side and back skirts to the now U-shaped legs with pocket screws and a bit driver.

Step 6

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Building the office desk at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Make the Front Face Frame

To make the front face frame, rip another piece of 1x8 walnut into 1 1/2" strips and then square cut to: (2) at 7 1/4", (1) at 4 1/4", and (2) 5'1". Next, pocket screw each together to form a 7 1/4" x 5'4" face frame.

Step 7

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Chris Grundy and Anitra Mecadon at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Make the Drawer Boxes

To create the drawer boxes, cut the walnut plywood to (1) at 6" x 5'6", (5) at 6" x 4 1/4", (4) at 6" x 16", and (2) 30 1/2" x 16". With the desk leg side up, assemble the drawer backer panel (5' 6") and the backer fillers (4 1/4") against the rear 5'4" skirt. Fasten with wood glue and 1 1/4” 18ga finish nails.

Step 8

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Building the office desk at the 2014 Blog Cabin in Winter Haven, Florida.

Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Attach the Frame

Attach the face frame to the legs with pocket screws. Finally, install the drawer sides and bottoms with glue and 18ga nails.

Step 9

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Design the Desk Top

To make the desk top, cut a piece of regular plywood to 24" x 72". Then degrease one side of the hot rolled steel and adhere to the plywood to using contact cement. Cut the 1x8 walnut to: (2) at 1 1/2" x 73 1/2" and (2) at 1 1/2" x 25 1/2" with 45 degree miters on each end. Install the 1 1/2" pieces as edge banding around the plywood with wood glue and 18ga finish nails. Finally, finish the wood by lightly sanding edges and then applying to coats of polyurethane.