This part of the project was huge and, not to totally plug a product, but thank god for a Kreg Jig.
So first up the center-line rear leg, a 2×10, was installed (pics showing it later on in this post). Then the main 2×4 support of the shelf was installed…after a problem.
When I built the legs, I used bolts to provide superior holding power. One of these bolts, on each leg, turned out to be problematic. They were sticking out the inside of the bench a bit too far. Some cutouts and handy action with a Dremel and a cut-off wheel fixed that problem.
The drawer-shelf, or rather the piece that will hold the four drawers, went in. It was made from 2 pieces of 1/2” plywood. The seperations between the drawers are 3/4” plywood. This was done for spacing but also because these would help support the bottom of the drawer-shelf and thus also the drawers.
The 3/4” Ply is secured down to the 1/2” Ply base with 3 Kreg Pocket Screws.
Once both of these sections were installed, we are left with this.
Next up came the key section, this little block of 3/4” Ply.
This piece secures to the two center 3/4” Ply pieces from the previous step and also has pocket screw holes going up and down. Overall this really secures everything together.
Finally, the front leg goes on. First pic is of the cutouts for the base of the drawer-shelf, second is the leg actually installed.
Well that is it for the drawer-shelf. The regular half-shelf is up next.
The frame of it is made entirely out of 2×4’s on their side.
The use of simply scraps of wood were used to properly setup the shelf’s frame placement.
Here’s the shelf in place.
And then we cover it with some 1/2” Ply.
Thats it for now.
Some of you might notice some similarities between my desk and others, namely a few from Family Handyman. I did indeed take some inspiration from them. I generally don’t like working from other’s plans because its easier to fit something to your space if you make the plans; or so I have found. The drawers were one such idea, so were the legs to a certain extent.
Next up is the corner piece and the drawers that go into what was done in this blog. And yes, the two outer drawers are huge actually. Mostly they will be for non-heavy items such as paperwork and measuring implements. They are big enough to hold a full size square and I actually prefer all of that being safely in a drawer versus on the pegboard, personal preference and all of that.