Kreg Project Plans
for this Desk
are in 3 Separate Sections.

Kreg project plans for a wood student desk.

This Free Desk Plan is Rated for the Woodworking Beginner

The construction of these Kreg project plans for this student desk look complicated because it has so many pieces, but it is actually a great project for the woodworking beginner. And it requires the minimal amount of tools. 

The link to download these
free wood project plans
for the Student Desk is
at the bottom of the page.
It will take you to the Kreg Tool website.

You Will Need the Following Woodworking Tools to Build This Desk.

When gathering your woodworking tools for this pocket hole jig project, PLEASE start with your safety glasses!

Collect the following woodworking hand tools before starting on these Kreg project plans:

  • tape measure;
  • pencil;
  • Kreg jig; and
  • wooworking clamps.

The only power tools you will need for this free wood project plans are:

circular saw and drill.

An electric sander is helpful on the free Kreg project plans, but it is not essential. If you don't have access to a sander, wrapping sand paper around a small wooden block works. It will just take longer.

The Following Materials are Needed to Build this Kreg Project Plans Desk.

To build this pocket hole jig student desk plan you will need:

  • (2) 4 foot by 8 foot 3/4 inch sheets of birch plywood:
  • (1) 4 foot by 4 foot 1/4 inch sheet of birch plywood;
  • (4) one inch by 3 inch 8 foot long pine or poplar boards:
  • (102)
1 ¼” coarse Kreg jig screws (you will need 2 pks of 100);

  • (25) small finishing nails; and
  • (1) bottle of wood glue (maybe).

Before you buy your plywood, please read How to Select Plywood.


This desk could also be made from hardwood plywood with matching hardwood trim. We would not recommend this for the woodworking beginner, as pine is much easier to work with than hardwoods.

Estimated Costs to Build this Kreg Desk.

The cost of the materials for the complete wooden student desk is approximately $75 - $80.

Step One.
The first step in these Kreg plans is to measure and cut your plywood. To get the cut as straight as possible we used an 8 foot long cutting jig. To learn more about cutting jig, visit Jigs for Cutting Plywood.

Step Two.
Once all of your plywood is cut, it is time to set up your step drill bit. Use the 3/4 inch setting on the base of your Kreg jig, to get the drill stop in the correct spot.

The plywood pieces are so long that you will need to create a way to support the end of the piece of the plywood that is not in your Kreg Jig. See the photo for our simple version of a support jig.

Often, you do not need to drill the pocket holes in an exact spot. For these free wood project plans, though, the pocket hole in the middle of each side, must be 14 3/8 inches from the bottom of each side. This is so you are able to attach the shelf.

Also, mark where both the bottom and top of your pedestal will be, so you don't make pocket holes that will interfere with attaching those pieces.


You will be cutting a lot of plywood for these Kreg plans. Your cuts will be much more accurate with the circular saw cutting guide jig. You may want to build that before you start on these Kreg project plans.

We recommend that you cut the pieces for one pedestal, and fully assemble that unit before you cut the pieces for the second pedestal, or the desk top. After you have laid out and marked the cutting lines on the plywood, you will want to mark them for several things.

First, lightly write in pencil whether this piece is an A, B, C, etc.

Secondly, mark the edges where you will be drilling pocket holes. It will be easy to sand out your pencil marks after you assemble this free wood working project.

After cutting you will want to determine which side of each plywood piece is the best. Mark that side in pencil with a star. You want the best side on the outside of your pedestal, so your pocket holes will be drilled on the inside of that piece.

OPTIONS: If money is tight, you can build this desk in sections. To start with just the pedestals, you will need the following materials:

  • (1) 4 foot by 8 foot 3/4 inch sheets of birch plywood:
  • (1) 4 foot by 4 foot 1/4 inch sheet of birch plywood;
  • (2) one inch by 3 inch 8 foot long poplar:
  • (62) 1 1/2 inch coarse Kreg pocket hole screws;
  • (25) small finishing nails; and
  • (1) bottle of wood glue (maybe).

The shelves that go in your pedestals will be cut out of the same piece as your desktop, so you won't have those until you're ready to build the desktop.

The desktop on these Kreg project plans is 69" wide. If you do not have space for that width, you can make a narrower pedestal on one end. Be sure to keep between 32 and 36 inches of "knee space" between your two pedestals.

Click on the Kreg Tool Company Logo to Retrieve the Kreg Project Plans - Desk.

To go to the website for these wood working projects, click here, on the Kreg Tools logo.  Click on the "Get Inspired" tab at the top of the page, and then go to "Plans."

The other chapters in the FREE KREG PLANS section include:

“Kreg Project Plans for Bookshelf”

“Kreg Bird Feeder Woodworking Beginner Plan”

“Kreg Plans for Wall Cabinet”

“Kreg Jig Workbench Plan”

“Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Toybox Plan”

“Kreg Jig Plans for Outdoor Chair”

“Kreg Plans for Outdoor Workbench”

Setting up your pocket hole jig is easy with step-by-step instructions.

Go from 'Kreg Project Plans - Desk' to see construction
of the plans we have created for the woodworking beginner.

Go from the Kreg jig student desk plan
to see how to build a simplified mission style table.

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