After searching to no avail to find the perfect desk you decide to build one and now you are searching for woodworking plans for desks. Finding the right set of plans is crucial to your finished project.
Your first consideration should be the design of the desk. What style do you need so your desk matches your décor. Included in the design aspect of your new desk is the size and configuration of the desk. It should be proportionally sized, meaning it should not be too large or too small for the proposed location. Further will the desk be opposite the wall, in a corner or out in the middle of the room.
Secondly the quality of the plans for a desk should be considered. There are many plans that are not worth the paper their printed on nor the digital space they occupy. Through experience I have found that many bargain plans turn out to be utter crap. Building a desk should be an enjoyable experience. If you start with inferior plans then your building experience and expertise will be put to the test. Many times you have to re-engineer the plans as the project progresses.
Next you must consider what material to use for the project. Keep in mind that you are going to put in a lot of time into this project. No matter what material you use the labor will be the same. I would recommend that the materials should be of the best quality that you can afford. If you opt for inexpensive then the finished your finished desk will reflect that. Generally I prefer oak or maple these species are generally more expensive but the finished project will reflect a richer look.
The Next phase is construction of the desk. A good set of plans will give you a materials list what you need to make the project. I usually sit down and lay out my project on graph paper. Carefully planning and calculate exactly how much material I will need.
After I lay out the project on graph paper I head down to the lumber yard for the materials. Keep in mind you generally will not find quality wood at your local warehouse type lumberyard. Look for a lumber yard that specializes in high end furniture grade species of woods. In the end you will be glad that you did. Buy the lumber you need and for insurance I usually allow an extra 10% for the occasional mistake. The extra never goes to waste in my shop.
Now you have your wood, it's time to rough out the parts out of the wood. Take your cutting list and cut all the parts out of the lumber you have purchased making sure to label them so you know where they belong. During the rough out process always allow extra material so that you can make a final more accurate cut when you are assembling the project.
Prior to gluing up the parts pre-sand every part. Usually the parts are much easier to sand at this stage of the project. During the gluing phase use painters tape to protect adjoining parts from excess glue, most glues dry clear and if you are not careful you may not find out until you start staining the wood.
After everything is glued together it is time to do a finish sanding to the whole desk making sure to sand with the grain of the wood. Use your hand and feel the wood as you sand during this phase you hand is your best tool when it comes to determining when to stop. If you are using plywood make sure you do not sand through the surface veneer (the top layer of wood on the plywood).
So now your desk is built and sanded the next step is to find a stain so your desk matches the rest of you décor. It is best to take some scraps of the same wood you made your desk out of and go to the paint store and test the stain. Take a sample from one of the other pieces of furniture in the room like a small drawer to the store with you, that way you can see how the stain you are planning on using matches the existing pieces of furniture in the room.
Finally it is time to put on your finish. Your local paint store will help you with your selection. As you apply the finish it typically takes a minimum of three coats. After each coat lightly sand the surface with a fine sand paper I use 220 grit for this process. After the finish is completely dry I prefer to use 0000 steel wool with wax and rub the entire surface of the desk. This creates a super smooth soft finish.
You are now finished with your desk and you now have an air loom that will stand the test of time.
Enjoy your new Desk
Source by Bob Johnson Jr.