Table-through-the-wall Desks

Table-through-the-wall Desks

Use Carpenter Amy Devers’ instructions to repurpose an old table into a unique dual-purpose desk.

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This project takes a repurposed extension table that is disassembled into two separate halves. The two halves will become stand-alone desks secured directly to each side of a wall.

1 extension top table
Electric sander with 150-grit sandpaper
(4) 1-by-1-by-30-inch pine — for table support ledgers
(8) 1 1/2-inch Wood screws
(12) 2-inch Wood screws
Screwdrivers — Phillips and flathead
Small crowbar
Spray paint and primer in one — color of your choice
Drill with 1/16-inch drill bit
Wood glue
(2) Bar clamps
Patch and paint wood putty
Small putty knife
Stud finder
Safety goggles


  1. Sand the entire table including the legs to remove any finish and rough up the surface. This will allow for paint to grip the surface in later steps
  2. Turn the table over and pull the two halves apart, exposing any hardware that is holding the slider rails in place. Loosen and remove all the screws first, and hammer any glued pieces of wood off of the table if needed

  1. Take a table support ledger (1-by-1-by-30) and apply wood glue in a line along the length of one side. Center it flush along the straight edge of the first half table and press it into place. Hold with two bar clamps to keep it in position
  2. Turn the first half table over so it’s right side up. Drill 4 holes through the tabletop with a 1/16-inch drill bit and into the support ledger, spacing them evenly apart. Use a Phillips head screwdriver or Phillips head drill bit to screw 1 1/2-inch screws into each hole. Remove the bar clamps now that the ledger is securely held with screws

  1. Apply putty over the tops of the screws so it is flush with the tabletop and the screws are hidden. Allow putty to dry, then sand down any excess with 150-grit sandpaper so it is smooth and level with the tabletop
  2. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the table the color of your choice. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat
  3. Repeat steps 3-6 for the second half of the table

Attach the Table to the Walls:


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  1. Rest the first half table up against the wall where you want it to live. Place a level on the tabletop perpendicular to the wall to make sure it’s resting flat. Take a table support ledger (1-by-1-by-30) and place it up against the wall, under the table support ledger that’s already attached to the table. Mark on the wall with a pencil along the edge of the table support

  1. Remove the table and put to one side. Take the support ledger and place it back up against the wall using the pencil mark from Step 8 as a guideline. Pre-drill a hole through the center of the support ledger and into the wall. Pre-drill two more holes, one at each end of the support ledger. Use a drill with a Phillips head screwdriver drill bit to drill 2-inch screws through the holes, securing the ledger firmly to the wall

Tip: Use a stud finder to see if there are any studs in the wall where you will be attaching the support ledger. If there are, drill holes though the ledger into the studs. If there isn’t a stud, you will need to put anchors into the wall first that are suitable for your wall type.

  1. Place the table back in place so it’s resting on the support ledger that’s attached to the wall
  2. Put on your safety goggles. Take two 2-inch wood screws and drill them through the underside of the support ledger up into the support ledger that’s attached to the table

  1. Repeat Steps 8-11 for the second half of the table on a different part of your wall

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