How to Build a Desk with 1 Plywood Sheet, Part 1 of 2

What You'll Need
Table saw
Circular saw
Metal square
Tape measure

You may think that you need a lot of plywood sheets to construct a desk, but you actually only require a large sheet. Plywood is very good for making desks, shelves and many more things. It is not able to shrink and people consider it to be a versatile type of wood. However, you must pay attention and make sure that you measure and cut it carefully.

The plywood that you will be using is a sheet that measures 10 feet long, 5 feet wide and ¾ inch thick. During the construction process, cut the plywood into seven pieces: one for the top, another for the back, another for the pullout, two for the sides and two others for the spacers.

The top will measure 60 by 24 inches, the side pieces 24 by 28¼ inches and the pullout 57½ by 20 inches. On the other hand, the back piece will measure 58½ by 28¼ inches and the two spacers will measure 58½ by 4 inches.

Step 1 – Measuring the Plywood

Put the plywood on a flat surface large enough to hold the whole piece, in order to measure it properly. Take the tape measure to measure the length upon the longer side first. Use a pencil to mark the measurement. Do not forget to mark the same measurement over the plywood sheet’s other side. Draw a straight line with the pencil markings by using a metal square. You should always measure the plywood from the back, which is not finished.

Step 2 – Cutting the Plywood

Before you start cutting the plywood, turn the sheet upside down. This is because the front side has a better appearance than the back and apart from this, you have the measurement marks on the back as well. Keep in mind that a sheet of plywood consists basically of many thin layers compressed against each other, and the saw can form splinters out of the wood when its teeth are moving in an upward direction.

Cut the plywood with a table saw or a circular saw. Keep in mind that you will have better results with a table saw. However, you can still have a great result with a circular saw. Elevate the plywood sheet from the floor with wooden boards which measure 2 by 4 inches. Adjust the circular saw in such a way that it will cut at a ¼ inch more than the thickness of the plywood sheet. Use another piece of wood as a guideline and align it on the plywood. Hold it firmly in place with two C-clamps.

Do not pause when you are sawing plywood. Start the cut and keep going till you reach the other edge, finishing the cut completely. You should stop only in case of an emergency. In this way, you will cut the wood in a very smooth manner. Using a table saw makes the cut easier and faster. Remember to hold the sheet of plywood from the corners so that you will not cut yourself with the saw’s blade.