EP. 61 mid century modern desk

So as you can tell in the video, I made a couple mistakes. It's important not to let those stop you from moving on a completing a project. Below are some helpful diagrams and tips if you plan on building this desk yourself.


1 Sheet of 3/4" Walnut Plywood (use whatever species you like).

1x3 Maple

The Legs I used: https://goo.gl/HLBC0j

Drawer Slides: https://goo.gl/XTUYlZ

Danish oil: http://amzn.to/2oKnJYD

I started by cutting my plywood pieces to size. I cut my pieces in order so that the grain would be continuous across the piece when the mitered corners were glued up. Be sure an use a track or straight edge to guide your circular saw.

I used my trim router with a straight edge to cut the dados for the drawer dividers.

To reinforce my messy miters, I added some dowels to strengthen everything up as well as to make for some visual interest.

Before adding the dividers, be sure to square your dados with a chisel.

The drawer construction I chose to use was based off of a video by Jay Bates (linked in the video description). Its fast, effective and easy. 

The drawer slides I used are super easy to mount. Just follow the diretions that come with them and you'll be set. Trust me.


Before I installed my legs, I cut down the legs 3" and the mounting bracket 1 3/4" so that the legs wouldn't extend past the table top.

Danish oil is a quick and easy finish. Just add a couple of thick coats and you're finished!


Thanks for looking, if there's anything else I can help with either contact me through email or instagram DM (for a quicker response) @modernbuilds