DIY Windowsill Desk

DIY Windowsill Desk

Use Carpenter David Leon’s instructions to add some space to any room with a windowsill desk.


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This desk is a great space saver as it uses a window ledge instead of back legs to hold the desk up!

Materials
(2) Unfinished table legs pre-sanded cut to height of ledge
(1) Piece of plywood for desktop measured to fit width of ledge and 18” deep
(2) Pieces of wood edging for apron sides, 2 1/2 inches shorter than desk length, pre-sanded
(1) Piece of wood edging for apron front, 2 3/4 inches shorter than desk width, pre-sanded
(2) Pieces of decorative quarter round, cut at 45-degree angle on each side, measured to 1/4-inch longer than length of desk
(1) Piece of decorative quarter round, cut at 45 degree angle on each side, measured to 1/4-inch longer than width of desk
Plastic gloves
Dark wood stain and sealer
Rag
1 1/4-inch finishing nails
Hammer
Tape measure

Instructions

  1. Put on gloves and apply wood stain onto 2 legs, desk, apron pieces and quarter round pieces using a rag. The rag will ensure the stain doesn’t leave drip marks and also helps get into the crevices of the wood. Allow the stain to dry
  2. Attach long decorative quarter round piece to front of desktop piece using 1 1/4-inch finishing nails in middle and on each side with hammer
  3. Attach (2) shorter pieces of decorative quarter round to sides of desk using 1 1/4-inch finishing nails in middle and on each side with hammer
  4. Measure 2 3/4 inches in from the front edge of the desktop piece and mark with a pencil along the front underside. Do the same thing to the topside of the desktop piece. This shows you where you will attach the front apron piece. You’ll want to see where it’s going when looking down on the desktop piece
  5. Measure 1 1/4 inches from the left and right edges of the desk and mark this with a pencil along the left and right underside of the desk. Do the same thing to the top of the desktop piece. This is where you will attach the side apron pieces. You’ll want to see where it’s going when looking down on the desktop piece
  6. Lay down the desk on its topside so the bottom is facing up. Lay out your apron pieces on the pencil marks you just made
  7. Lay out the front apron piece so that it sits touching the two side-pieces along the front line you just marked
  8. Nail the apron pieces together with finishing nails and hammer, going through the side of the front piece and into the top of the others. You will now have the 3 apron pieces attached to each other
  9. To attach to the desk, flip over the apron and desk together. Realign apron under desk using the pencil marks you drew earlier on the topside of the desktop
  10. Attach the apron to the underside of the desk by hammering finishing nails through the top of the desk and into the apron. Use the pencil marks as a guide to ensure you go through the apron piece

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  1. Flip desk back over so it’s resting on its top. Place table legs in the front corners you created with the apron pieces so that the legs are pointing up

  1. Attach legs by nailing finishing nails through apron and into legs
  2. Finish attaching legs by turning desk over so it sits right side up and nailing with finishing nails through top of desk into legs
  3. Set desk in place against wall and on windowsill with 2 legs facing out. Nail through top of desk into the windowsill using 1 1/4-inch finishing nails to secure in place

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