DIY Rustic Desk

This piece was made by former Online Metals worker Brittany Saull. There are three aspects of this design that we absolutely love.

First, it’s really easy to make. There’s only a few parts on this desk and you can easily do it in an afternoon.

Second, the design is simple and clean. It gives it a nice aesthetic and also makes it easier to physically keep clean.

Lastly, because of the simplicity of the design, you can easily modify it to suit your needs. Brittany wanted a more DIY rustic desk appearance and so added decor for that. But this can easily be modified to look more industrial, mid-century modern, or even sleekly futuristic.

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Materials:

Desktop

The largest and most important part of the desk, this also gives you the most room to customize. Our example here is made from plywood. Brittany took the wood, sanded it, and varnished it for a more natural look. If you don’t have that patience or want a different look, you can easily substitute it for something else. Some options we’ve had suggested to us include an old door, a wooden/ or bamboo butcher block surface (like you’ll at IKEA), or a rigid plastic block.

Legs

Four Tubes of a material of your choice. The most popular shape is a Round Tube because of how easy they are to affix to the tabletop.

Brittany used Aluminum Round Tube for her table as it provided a mixture of high strength, low weight, high corrosion resistance, and low weight.

Aluminum, Steel, and Stainless Steel all are versatile materials and can be used for rustic or more industrial looks. Brass and Copper are also popular for their warmer colors.

Fixtures

  • Four flanges that fit your tubes.
  • Bolts for your fixtures. Make sure they are long enough to go through the tabletop. The number will vary depending on the flanges you get. But typically you’re looking at 12-16 bolts.
  • Epoxy

Embellishments

This is entirely up to you. Brittney chose to weave raw twine around the legs for an organic effect. Her idea was that it would play off the light grains in the wood. Other options could be fabric or rubber tubing, such as reclaimed bicycle tubes. Another customer of ours bought an inexpensive LED light strip and fixed it to the back and underside of the desktop for a futuristic glow.

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Construction

Like we said, it’s really simple.

  1. Drill required bolt holes in the four corners of your tabletop for the flanges. Make sure the bolt holes line up with the flange holes. Measure twice, drill once!
  2. Insert the bolts and put on the flanges.
  3. With the desk upside down, put epoxy into the flanges. Put the tubes into the flanges. Clean up any epoxy that comes out.
  4. While the epoxy dries, we advise putting some sort of felt or plastic caps on the legs so they don’t scratch your floor.

That’s it! Attach any extra decorations you want, but otherwise your DIY rustic desk is done!