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How to make a Kid's Desk
Allie and Holly sitting at a kids desk
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How to make a Kid's Desk
arrow Page 1: Introduction and Plans
bullet Page 2: Cutting and assembling the desk
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Introduction

This kid's desk uses a tongue, slot and wedge system to hold most of it together.
The desk frame is made up of interlocking 3/4"(18mm) thick plywood panels: spacer panels and side panels.
The spacer panels have tongues that go into slots in the side panels. The spacer and side panels are then locked together by wedges that are inserted into 'wedge slots' in the tongues of the spacer panels.
The desktop and seat are held in place with angle brackets that are screwed to the undersides of the desktop and seat, and the side panels.

Once made, the desk can easily be dismantled.

All the desk panels can be cut out of a 4ft x 4ft (1200mm x 1200mm) sheet of plywood, which is half of a standard size sheet.
Scroll down to see how.

You will need...
Apart from the plywood as shown in the plans below, you will also need 4 wedges that are 3/4" (18mm) wide and about 5" (125mm) long, tapering from 3/4" (18mm) down to nothing, plus 8 small angle brackets to fix the seat and desktop to the sides.

Below are the plans with cutting detail for every piece.
The instructions are on the next page.
Scroll down to see how the panels can be cut from a 4ft x 4ft (1200mm x 1200mm) sheet of plywood, which is half a standard size sheet.
kids desk plan

How to cut the panels from a 4ft x 4ft (1200mm x 1200mm) sheet of plywood, which is half a standard size sheet.
kids desk cutting pattern

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