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

What You'll Need
Top coat
Base coat
Paint roller
Wood filler
Drawer slides
Tape measure
Cleaning cloths

Plywood sheets are flexible and very workable, therefore cutting them to the appropriate size and shape should not be a problem. Once you have the necessary pieces, your next step is to assemble them and to finish it off completely, which may include a stain or paint of your choice.

Step 1 – Assembling the Plywood Pieces

First of all, you need to use the 120-grit and 220-grit sandpaper to smoothen the surfaces of your plywood pieces before assembling them. Fix the back piece to the two side pieces. The structure should have a height of 28¼ inches, a length of 60 inches and a depth of about 24 inches.

Use a tape measure to measure approximately 6 inches down from the upper side on the inside of both the front and the back. Now fasten the spacers in a horizontal manner. Both should be flush, one with the front and the other with the back. After attaching the spacers, check that they are level.

Step 2 – Using the Pullout and Drawer Slides

Apply some stain or paint to the pullout piece according to your liking and if you want, apply some lacquer as well to give it a raw appearance. Fix the drawer slides and fasten the mount over the spacers on the inside of the side pieces. Fix the runners onto the pullout’s sides and make sure that they are flush with the desk’s front. Put the top piece of the desk in place and fasten it with screws. Mount the plywood pullout piece after painting or staining the desk.

Step 3 – Priming the Plywood

First you need to select what paint color you want to use to finish your plywood desk. Buy a quality primer and keep in mind that plywood has a high porosity, therefore you will need to apply fewer paint coats when using primer. Tint the primer with a shade similar to the paint that you have selected, the paint retailer can do the tinting for you. Gently sand the plywood surfaces with sandpaper and get rid of the dust which has accumulated on the plywood.

Transfer your desk outside or to a well-ventilated room before working with primers and paints. Apply primer on the plywood with a paint roller. In this way, the finish will be smoother and you will not have brush marks left on the wood after you complete the job. Let the primer dry and if you can still see the wood through the primer, give the wood another primer coating. Generally speaking, a base coat has a golden or yellow cast, whereas the top coat has a dark brown color with a reddish tint. After you have primed the plywood and allowed it to dry completely, apply the top coat on all surfaces of your new plywood desk.

Make sure that you do not place objects that are too heavy on your desk. A normal plywood desk is able to support the weight of many monitors. It will need reinforcement if you want the desk to support weights which exceed the maximum of 50 pounds.

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