My 11 year old niece asked me if I would build her a desk for her bedroom so she can study. She’s my niece and my little gluing partner, so how can I say no? Problem is, I really don’t know where to begin and really not sure whether what I’ve came up with is ergonomically correct. I don’t have the money to go “all out” on something ultra nice and she lives in a double wide mobile home (Yep, we’re from Georgia), so she doesn’t really have a lot of room in her bedroom. I wanted something sort of simple, but sturdy. I’ve looked around and found something sort of like my sketch in metal and plastic. I think this will be suitable, but I just wanted to get a little feedback on my design before I begin.
Here’s my plan:
1.)I have about a 1/2 sheet of 3/4” oak plywood left in the shop that I can make the 20” x 32” desktop from.
2.)I would like to piano hinge the top to open up into a 4” deep box for books. pencils, and paper. I plan to make the box out of the same 3/4” plywood with a 1/4” hardboard bottom.
3.) I have a couple nice rough sawn 2×4 oak boards that would clean up nicely to make the legs and feet from and use a half lap joint at the foot and legs and then attach the legs to the box using t nuts and bolts.
I figure desktop height needs to be about 30 inches. Does that sound right for a 12 year old?
Should I slant the box and desktop maybe 10 degrees or something? Or should I leave it flat?
What about the feet? They’re 16” which I believe is sturdy, but are they too long?
Any thoughts, suggestions, comments are more than welcome
Thanks for the help
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