Simple desk construction relies on a wooden apron that surrounds the perimeter of the desk. The top of the desk and the legs are attached to the apron. The apron and leg bond gives the desk integrity to withstand side-to-side sliding movements and provides weight distribution. The leg attachment gains its strength from screws penetrating the leg at right angles into two separate pieces of the apron.
Flip the desk upside down across two sawhorses or a worktable. Stand one of the legs in place in the corner of the apron.
Mark four holes, evenly spaced on the leg on the opposite sides of where it touches the apron. These are the marks for the pilot holes. Do all four legs.
Drill holes through the legs at the marks with a drill and 3/16-inch drill bit.
Smear glue on the contact points where the leg touches the apron on both sides. Stand the leg in place.
Place a hand clamp on one side of the leg. Make sure not to cover the screw holes with the clamp. Tighten the clamp. Insert screws into the holes on that side. Use a screw gun with Phillips tip to tighten the screws securely.
Move the clamp to the other side of the leg and tighten it. Insert screws in the holes and tighten them. Do all four legs.
Tips & Warnings
Things You'll Need:
- Drill bit, 3/16-inch
- Hand clamp
- Handheld cutting tool
- Screw gun
- Phillips tip
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