Let's be honest: Your desk sucks. It's too small, too big, or it doesn't have enough room for your keyboard and mousepad. If you've been working on a regular-size desk for the past few years, you've probably started to feel cramped and tired of your workspace and that's not good for productivity. Luckily, we can help! A DIY L-shaped desk is a great way to add more space to your office without breaking the bank (or spending hours at Home Depot). This project will take some time but is well worth it once you see how awesome it looks with one completed side. In this guide we'll walk through every step of building this desk from start to finish so that you're ready for any project no matter how small or large!
Shape the Pipe
Once you have all of your pieces, it's time to assemble them. Start by cutting the pipe using a hacksaw. You may want to wear goggles and earplugs during this step, as it can be loud and messy. Afterwards, smooth the edges with a file until they're nice and smooth.
Next, take two L-shaped pieces (one for each leg) and two 90-degree elbows. The straight end of one L should go into one elbow; then connect that with another elbow at a right angle to form an inverted L shape with three sides facing up: two short sides from the Ls and one long side from both elbows combined together at right angles!
Measure and Cut the Wood
Measure the length and width of the desk.
Cut the wood to size, making sure that it's square.
Drill and Connect the Wood to the Pipe
The next step is to drill a hole in the pipe. You can use a drill bit that's about an inch in size, but make sure it's big enough for your screw to fit through. Once you've drilled the hole, attach one end of your wood to the pipe using screws. If you're using a pre-made desk kit like we did, there will be holes pre-drilled in each piece of wood so all you need to do is screw them together.
Next comes assembly: slide one piece over top of another and repeat until all four pieces are connected together!
Fill and Sand the Wood Joints
The next step is to fill the holes with wood filler and sanding it smooth. This will take some time, but it's worth it to make sure that your desk comes out looking great.
First, use a drill bit to apply pressure into the hole until you can feel the wood filler being pushed into them. Then wipe away all of that excess using a damp cloth or paper towel so that there aren't any bumps left over when you're done.
Next, grab a fine-grit sanding block (like 400 or 600 grit) and start smoothing out any rough edges on both sides of your desk. Again, take care not to overdo this step; keep in mind that we'll be buffing everything later so don't go overboard with the sandpaper!
Finally and this is important use mineral spirits (also known as paint thinner) or denatured alcohol to clean off any residue left behind by either process before moving forward with painting or staining your piece
Paint or Stain the Boards and Pipe
Once you have your wood and pipe cut to size, it's time to paint or stain them. This will give the desk a professional look and make it more comfortable to work at. To begin, apply paint or stain with a brush or roller in even strokes until the entire surface is covered. Let this dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Once you've let your first coat dry for at least an hour, apply another coat of paint or stain if necessary. If you want a darker color, wait until this second coat dries completely before moving on; otherwise, you can proceed immediately after applying each one-coat application of stain or paint (but do let them each dry for at least an hour).
Now you have an awesome L-shaped desk for your office!
Now you have an awesome L-shaped desk for your office! You can use the desk for your office, home office or study room. You can even use it in your bedroom if you want to make some more space for yourself.
This is a great way to add functionality and style to your office. The best thing about this project is that it's easy - all you need is some basic tools, materials, and knowledge of how to use them!