DIFFICULTY RATING: 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.
WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:
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:
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.
To build this pocket hole jig student desk plan you will need:
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.
The cost of the materials for the complete wooden student desk is approximately $75
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.
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.
HINTS, TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS:
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:
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.
The other chapters in the FREE KREG PLANS section include:
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.
To go to the free Kreg project plans, click on the Kreg Tool logo. This will open in a new page.
Each of these Kreg plans are built using the Kreg jig. When we started, we purchased the Kreg K4MS Jig Master System which costs about $140.
Since then Kreg has put together the Kreg Tool Company KTC5750 Toolboxx Master Collection. This is more expensive to start, at about $300, but within a year we had purchased everything that is in the Toolboxx Collection. So we have all the tools, but not the fancy toolbox. AND we wish we had that!