More and more people are choosing to work from home or at least taking up some form of hybrid working. Having a dedicated workspace makes a huge difference to productivity, so in this article I'll show you step by step how to make your own minimalist desk for a great work from home set up.
You can watch the how to video here:
Oak Kitchen Worktop
Rubio Monocoat Oil
Step1: Cut The Wooden Desk Top
For the top to my desk I opted to use a piece of solid oak kitchen worktop. A full 3 meter long worktop is rough £300/400 brand new but I managed to find a bargain on Facebook marketplace. A Full 3 meter long, 60cm wide, 38mm thick solid oak worktop for £90. I was over the moon with that price! I rough cut it so I could fit it into my car so the first step in this project is to cut the rough edge to its final length.
I cut the top of my desk to 1 meter long. You can of course adapt the size to suite your space and needs. I made the cut using a track saw. This makes quick work of the cut but you can also use a regular circular saw and a straight edge too. Or of course use a handsaw for a proper workout.
I wanted to keep the full 60cm depth to the desk but I did think adding an under bevel to the sides would be a nice touch. So I tilted my track saw to 47 degrees.
I overhung the track by 1cm from the edge I wanted to cut. This will result in a small right angle transition into the 47 degree angle. It's a small detail but I think it makes all the difference.
I made this cut to the front and two side edges of the desk. I left the back square as it would be against the wall. My track saw didn't make it through the full the thickness of the angled cut so I finished off the cuts with a hand saw.
Step 2: Sand & Finish The Wooden Desk Top
The angled cuts did have a few burn marks on them so I sanded the angle smooth to remove the marks and ease the edges slightly. I used a 3/4 Sheet Sander to do this.
I had a few voids that needed to be filled so I used some epoxy resin mixed with black pigment to do this. Once the resin was dry I could sand it flush.
I used an orbital sander to sand the top all over to 240 grit. I wanted to make sure it was nice and smooth ready for the oil stain finish.
For the finish I tested a few colour but I landed on using the Chocolate colour Oil Plus 2C from Rubio Monocoat.
I applied a liberal coat all over the top and left it to soak in for a few minutes.
I then wiped away the excess and left it to dry overnight. Once dry, I buffed it smooth with a clean rag.
Step 3: Prep The Desk Legs
I did have plans to weld my own legs for this project but when I found I could buy them cheaper then I opted to do that instead. I picket up these legs from Hartleys Direct.
Only the clear coat legs were in stock so I sprayed mine matt black. I gave them 2 coats sanded with 240 grit sandpaper between coats.
I did also need to make the predrilled holes larger so I drilled them out to 8mm. This will allow the machine screws to fit through later.
I also used a 16.5mm counter sink so that the heads to machine screws would sit flush to the surface of the steel.
Step 4: Add Mounting Hardware
It's time to add the mounting hardware to the desk now. I first lay the legs onto the underside of the desk top, made sure they were square and marked the holes with a pencil.
I then drilled 12mm holes into the table top where I had marked.
Step 5: Assemble The Desk
Rather than keeping the M8 machine screws plain. I decided to add a pop of colour by spraying them Magenta. Yes, it's magenta. I drove them in flush to the steel to secure the table legs to the table top. They're a really strong fixing and I think the pop of colour was well worth it, I love the contrast!
I'm really pleased with how the desk turned out. I kept the minimalist look I was going for and I'm so glad I did. The simple lines make for a nice clean aesthetic.
Desk In Use
I've been so much more productive since using this desk. I do thinking having a space to work at that you actually enjoy sitting at makes such a big difference! I hope this article has inspired you to give it a go for yourself.