My office has been bothering me for awhile. I don’t spend a lot of time in it except to do my makeup but that is mostly because I feel like it was always a mess. It stores all my receipts and important documents, it has my printer and desk items. It also stores all my craft supplies, like my knitting yarn, my sewing fabric, my sewing machine and all paper supplies.
The hard part is incorporating all those things without feeling cluttered or messy. The room also had a lot of furniture and supplies I acquired along the way and nothing really matched and coordinated.
My idea was to really pair down this room, make it more efficient and also a little more grown up. The first part of this makeover was a new desk, since I couldn’t even fit my printer on the desk. This room already had two desks, but with that I lost a lot of floor space. This L shaped desk really frees up a lot of room and lets everything be a little more spread out.
This was also my first project using my new Kreg Jig and it will get used a lot so it was worth the $30+ for the kit.
Supplies: Qty 5 1x6x8 boards (cut so you have 5 boards measuring 52″ and 4 cut to measure 40″ – you’ll have leftover wood) ~ Kreg Jig ~ 2 adjustable clamps ~ 1-1/12 inch pocket screws (Package of 50) ~ 1 4x4x6 lumber ~ drill ~ sanding block ~ stain of choice ~ paintbrush ~ Two Vika Annefors Table legs/Bookcases (previously purchased from Ikea)
If you get Lowe’s or Home Depot cut the wood to size for you, then you have completed half the battle, otherwise cut boards to size. Next lay out your 52″ boards, using the jig place the two “feet” against the edge of the board and secure with the clamp.
Drill through the jig guides. Remove the clamps and move to the middle and then the other side of the board and repeat. This will give you two pocket holes on the left side, 2 in the middle and 2 on the right side. Repeat on 3 more boards, the last board will not need pocket holes.
Repeat the same process on 3 of the 40″ boards.
Line up the 52″ section with the 40″ section. Where the board meet mark off the location for at least 4 places. Then using the jig drill the pocket holes into the 52″ boards. It should be a backwards, so that when you flip it over it will be the right directions.
Drill pocket holes into the 4×4 lumber on two opposite sides. Using a dry paint brush clean up all the dust from the pocket holes. Now using the jig’s drill attachment use the 1-1/2 pocket screws to assemble the 52″ boards together, then the 40″ boards together, then the two sections together.