How To Make A DIY Farmhouse Desk

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This farmhouse desk is simple to build yet makes an excellent addition to any home office. It is simple to personalize by incorporating sliding drawers or open shelves.

Almost every piece of furniture I have built has a farmhouse motif. As I have previously stated, my love of Fixer Upper led me to discover I truly like that aesthetic.

If you walked into my house, you did believe I built it herself. But I just served as an inspiration to you!

This farmhouse desk, on the other hand, was not for me. It was really for one of my coworkers.  I once shared an X Console Table, that same individual required a desk for their home office and asked if I could make one for them.

I had never made a desk before, so I leaped at the chance. I showed people several desk possibilities, and they chose the farmhouse desk inspired by Handmade Heaven.

The only stipulation was that they preferred drawers over open shelves and that one of the drawers be able to hold file folders. So I got to work and I am really pleased with the results.

The proportions are identical to Handmade Heavens, but the right side of the desk is sealed in to accommodate the drawers. If you prefer open shelves, I recommend taking a look at Handmade Heaven’s instance.

In either case, you cannot go wrong with a DIY farmhouse desk.

Farmhouse Desk Shopping List

  • Seven × 2x4s at 8 feet
  • Five – 1×6 at 8 feet
  • Two × 1×4 at 6 feet
  • One x 1 x 2 at 2 feet
  • One – 3/4 “spruce hardwood (4×6 feet)
  • One – 3/4 “spruce hardwood (2×6 feet)
  • One – 1/2 “spruce hardwood (2×2 feet)
  • One – 1/8 “spruce hardwood (2×2 feet)
  • 4 to 24 “Slides for drawers
  • Two-drawer pulls
  • Glue for wood
  • 2.5″screws for pocket holes
  • 2. “Screws for pocket holes
  • 1.5 “Polyurethane nail varnish or paint


  • The Table Hacksaw
  • Sawhorse
  • Hammer and nail
  • Sandpaper and a hand sander
  • The Kreg Jig
  • Clamps
  • A paintbrush

Cut List

  • 6.25 – 35.25 ” (4×6)
  • 5 through 18 ” (4×6)
  • 4 to 45.5 ” (2×6)
  • 6 through 18 “(2×6)
  • 2 through 18 ” (1×4)
  • 5×75″ (1×6) 4x20x25.25″ (3/4″ “spruce)

How to Make Farmhouse Desk

Step One:

Make all of the cuts specified above.

Step Two:

Attach the 4×6 legs (32.25″) to the 4×6 portions (20″) with a Kreg Jig set to 1.5″ and 2.5″ slot hole screws and wood adhesive. Restart the process on the other two sides of the desk.

Step Three:

With 1.4″ slot hole bolts and adhesive, connect the (4) 20×22.25″ hardwood to two of the sides. Utilizing glue and your nail gun, connect the 2×6 X parts to the hardwood and legs.

Measure the 2×6 to your constructed square for the greatest fit. Every time is unique, although the levels are about the same.

The lengthier X part should be cut at a 40-degree angle, but this might vary.

With the degrees varied, the two smaller X pieces should be cut approximately 25 degrees on the outside and 25 degrees on the sides connecting to the lengthier X part.

Step Four:

You will now do the x on the left side of the desk. Connect the 2×6 X portions with wood glue and 2.2″ pocket hole bolts.

For a more exact fit, measure the 2×6 to your constructed square. Similarly, the degrees vary significantly from time to time.

The lengthier X should be cut at 40 degrees, but this can vary by a degree or two.

The two smaller X portions are cut at 25 degrees on the exterior and 25 degrees on the sides that connect to the larger X portion, although the degrees might vary.

Step Five:

Attach the left leg to the center leg using 2.2″ pocket hole bolts and cement to the three (45.2″) 2x6s.

On its front, one portion should be at the top, and on the rear, one portion should be at the top and the base portion should be 3″ from the base of the two legs.

Make careful to predrill pocket holes upwards on the top parts so you can connect the desktop afterward.

Step Six:

Glue the 2×6 V stabilizers to the rear of the desk using 2.2″ pocket hole bolts. Measure the wood against the work desk and make any necessary cuts to ensure a snug fit.

The angles should be 40 degrees, however, each desk is somewhat different.

Step Seven:

Attach the right completed leg to the desk by connecting the two (17″) 2×6 portions with two (2.5″) bolts “Bolts for pocket holes and glue Connect the back portions of wood that join the legs.

Set 3 for both base parts “starting at the bottom 1.4” bolts are used to secure the rear portion of hardwood “Bolts for pocket holes and adhesive Connect the middle (18″) 1×4 portion to the right-hand side of the desk with 2.2” bolts “Bolts for pocket holes and glue Predrill pocket holes upwards on the components for eventual desktop installation.

Neglect the shelves since I removed them when I chose to put drawers.

Step Eight:

This is the trickiest part. Build the drawers to the size you choose. You must ensure that the width is accurate in order for the drawer glides to fit.

I constructed one smaller than the other because I wanted the base drawer to be large enough to hold files. I used 2/3″ hardwood for the sides and 1/7″ hardwood for the base.

I used a combination of glue and nails. Then I used the 1/3″ hardwood to build a drawer face that was somewhat larger than the drawer itself.

Step Nine:

Connect the drawers to the drawer slides, ensuring that everything fits snuggly.

Step Ten:

With 1.4″ pocket hole bolts and glue, assemble the tabletop. Through using pre-drilled pocket holes, connect the tabletop to the office desk bottom.

Step Eleven:

You may paint or stain whatever you like.