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Posted on Using pocket screws to secure back of desk?

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#1 posted 06-28-2013 03:21 AM

Cut a new back out of 1/2 inch plywood – Birch if available. Drill pocket screw holes along the sides and across the top. If the desk is against a wall, the holes cold be on the outside leaving a clean side under the desk. If not, reverse it and put the holes under the desk with the clean side out.

Holes for 1/2 inch plywood would require 1 inch screws. I just did this on a cabinet. I will take a pic or two and post it shortly.

This is the back of a cabinet that will reside under a miter saw station. It is very strong. I ran two stretchers across the back and across the top. Then I filled in the opening with a piece of 1/2 inch pine plywood. I used the Kreg mini jig to drill the 1/2 inch holes but your jig has the capability to do 1/2 inch also. I used the one inch screws with the round thick shoulder and not the panhead type. They pull down tight. I was screwing into 3/4 inch plywood on the sides.

Hope this helps or at least gives you some inspiration on the fix.

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