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$55 FANCY X DESK
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Free plans to build a Fancy X Desk with just $55 in building materials!

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she asked me to make a desk plan too! Here's from Whitney: I was in need of a new 'blogging' desk for my bedroom. stop over and check out the details on Whitney's Fancy X Desk build and tons more photos here! Enjoy the plans! M YB O O K ! DI MENSI ONS Dimensions: I t ' sf i n a l l yh e r e !G e ta l lt h ed e t a i l so n m yf i r s tb o o k .312 others like this.2 0 1 2 ! S E A R C H S O C I A L Like You and 135. I love my fancy farmhouse table. MATERI ALS AND TOOLS Shopping List: 5 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long 1 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long 2 – 2x12 @ 6 feet long OR 4 – 2x6 @ 6 feet long 2 ½” wood screws for countersinking 2 ½” PH screws Tools: measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill compound miter saw sander countersink drill bit L E T ' S C O N N E C T T W E E T S ana-white. but also pretty since it will be in my bedroom.2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans Hi Friends!!! Do you remember a bit back when our friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic built this amazing Fancy X Table? Well. Woohoo! Thanks so much for working with me on this Ana! And since many of you loved it so much.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 2/13 . I was wanting something functional. I made it in just a couple hours. and knew just who to call to help me draw up a desk inspired by that look. and spent less than $55 in wood. but couldn't find exactly what I wanted.. she loved it so much. r e l e a s i n gO c t o b e r9 t h . Dimensions: Dimensions are shown above.. I think it is perfect. we of course are sharing the plans with you! But please.

step by step furniture plans. have fun. READ THE M O M P L E XB L O GH E R E . and ask for help if you need it. Work on a clean level surface. M o m p l e xC a m> > 1 of 17 ›› Start off by making two giant Is. both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degrees off square) 4 – 2x4 @ 21” 4 – 1x4 @ 3 ½” 3 – 2x4 @ 59” 2 – 2x4 @ 30 3/8” ¾” (long point to short point. M O S TV I E W E DP L A N S L a u n d r yB a s k e tD r e s s e r F a r m h o u s eT a b l e ana-white. Good luck! 1 of 5 ›› STEP 1 WE ARE DIYING OUR MOMS A DUPLEX IN ALASKA! CHECK OUT OUR PROGRESS SO FAR AS WE OWNER BUILD A HOME. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Always use straight boards.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 3/13 . Check for square after each step. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degrees off square) 4 – 2x4 @ 21” ¾” (long point to long point. STEP 2 New here? Check out our most popular free. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. as dried glue will not take stain. N O TM U C H> > GENERAL I NSTRUCTI ONS Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. both ends cut parallel at 45 degrees off square) 2 – 2x12 @ 72” OR 4 2x6 @ 72” U S E RL O G I N USERNA ME: * PA SSWORD: * L O GI NU S I N GO P E N I D C R E A T EN E WA C C O U N T R E Q U E S TN E WP A S S W O R D WHAT'S GOING ON UP HERE IN ALASKA. Be safe.2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans CUT LI ST Cut List: 2 – 2x4 @ 20” 4 – 1x4 @ 18” 8 – 2x4 @ 10 ¾” (long point to long point. STEP BY STEP. free of imperfections or debris.

It's the stacking that makes these legs so beautiful! C o n t r i b u t eaB r a gP o s t C o n t r i b u t eaP r o j e c tP l a n B l o gA b o u tB u i l d i n g STEP 5 ana-white.2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans H o wt oB u i l daL o f t B e d F l i pD o w nW a l lA r t D e s k T e nD o l l a rL e d g e s And then add the bracing with the countersink bit.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 4/13 . $ 1 0C e d a rR a i s e d G a r d e nB e d s S t o r a g eD a y b e d STEP 4 A C T I V EF O R U MT O P I C S F e m a l e f r i e n d l yp o w e rt o o l so rt o o l s f o rs m a l lh a n d s P l a n t a t i o nS h u t t e r s ! h o wt of i n i s hs o m e t h i n g ?t r y d e l l c o f f e et a b l e L o c k i n gh a r d w a r ef o rs e w i n gt a b l e l e t t e rs h e l f / b o o k c a s e G r e a tH a r d w a r eC o m p a n y S h r i n k i n gW o o d n e e ds t o r a g eb e df r a m e F a b u l o u sS t o r a g eB e dw i t hD r e s s e r F o o t b o a r d-K i n g P o c k e tH o l e s ? ? ? M E M B E R SO FO U RS I T E Y o u rA c c o u n t L o g o u t V i e wY o u rT o D oL i s t m o r e B e c o m eaM e m b e r( i t ' sf r e ea n de a s y ! ) And then an easy step. just glue and screw the 2x4s on top. ends mitered. S i m p l eO u t d o o r D i n i n gT a b l e STEP 3 S a u s h a ’ sW a s h e r / D r y e r P e d e s t a l s F a r m h o u s eQ u e e n P l a n s R e c l a i m e d W o o d H e a d b o a r d .Q u e e nS i z e S t o r a g eS o f a Followed by the top and bottom.

STEP 6 Now it's starting to look like a desk! STEP 7 Now add the cross bracing .2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans And then the feet. just add cork pads under the feet.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 5/13 . TIP: If you desk wobbles at all... STEP 8 ana-white.

Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. LIVING ROOM . Also.expanded Date . It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. I recommend building top first. FI NI SHI NG I NSTRUCTI ONS Preparation Instructions: Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. INTERMEDIATE .2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans And finally the top! If you are using pocket holes. sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 6/13 . When wood filler is completely dry.oldest first 90 comments per page Save settings Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. FARMHOUSE 27 Comments PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION SEND BY EMAIL Tw eet 3 Login o r register t op o s tc o m m e n t s Like 67 PDF version C OMMENT VIEWING OPTIONS Threaded list . OFFICE . and then attaching top to base. Wow. May I Suggest a Finish? Distressed Turquoise with Chocolate Glaze Whitewash Stained Finish Weathered Pine Stain 1 of 5 ‹ previous 81 of 750 next › ›› DESK . you could substitute out plywood for the top for a smoother writing surface. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. CRAFTROOM . ana-white.

. I'm not even joking.2 0 1 2 0 8 2 71 3 : 1 7 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S lovely! I loooove this plan! I am needing a craft table and this would look perfect! If I wanted to increase the height to make it more appropriate for crafting use would I increase the height of the cross bars and legs by the same measurement? p o s t e db yt o w n s e a n|o nM o n ..com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 7/13 . Good luck! p o s t e db yQ( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nS a t .com/Square-Feet. (Like maybe some of these? http://www.osbornewood. Edwards Deming p o s t e db ya n n a l e a|o nM o n .2 0 1 2 0 8 2 71 4 : 3 1 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S At a glance. This is PERFECT! I've been trying to modify the Rustic X console into a computer table but it just wasn't looking right. You will need mitre saw.. I LOVE it as it is.cfm) It is not necessary to change.5" "bun" feet would push this over the top to astounding. i plan to make this one as a stand for an old Lathe i was recently been given. Way to go ladies! p o s t e db ys m a c n e i l|o nM o n . I think you At a glance.W. This is bang-on.2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans I really love this one . though. I think you could adjust the height of the center straight 2x4 on the end. without widening your base.it would end up widening the table as well :( p o s t e db yt o w n s e a n|o nM o n . Great plan Ana. then cut your angled 2x4's accordingly.2 0 1 2 1 1 2 40 0 : 1 0 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S That's it!!! My anniversary present to hubbster! I'm buying the materials TODAY and starting on this. .2 0 1 2 0 8 2 71 3 : 3 6 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S The more I think about The more I think about it. Survival is not mandatory.2 0 1 2 0 8 2 71 3 : 5 6 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Great Lathe Stand as well. if i ana-white. I wonder if a set of square 3. -.

but what's the 3/4" long to short point? (see. I don't get the measurement here "2 – 2x4 @ 30 3/8” ¾” (long point to short point..2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans thicken everything up it should be stable i think. might want to get 1 extra 2x4 I'm not sure if it's because I am not advanced enough in my cut planning but I ran short of 2x4.... as always make sure you adjust the plans for your local dimensions. Be warned that you'll also need to learn to sharpen ana-white..I would obviously use that to attach the table top pieces together. I'm cutting right now! LOL) p o s t e db ys m a c n e i l|o nT u e . I wasn't kidding.. I finished a dry-fitting assembly of mine (minus the back cross supports whose dimensions I haven't yet worked out) and it built very well.. Our studs are not the same dims as in the USA.2 0 1 2 0 8 2 80 8 : 3 3 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S How to Attach Top I have now found my Labor Day Weekend project! And just in time to be completed for this semester's first round of tests! But I did have one question. what would be the best way to attach the top? I have a pocket hole kit .. p o s t e db yW a r r e n( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT u e . I had to go with 2x6s for the top and some of them worped by the time I got to them. so would I add pocket holes to the inside of the top piece attached in step 4? p o s t e db yT h e C r a f t y C o w g i r l|o nT u e . I got one more to cover what's left. other than a planer does anyone have any ideas on how I could straighten them? p o s t e db ys m a c n e i l|o nT u e .2 0 1 2 0 8 2 81 9 : 2 3 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S note.2 0 1 2 0 8 2 82 0 : 0 4 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Flattening warped boards You could buy a power planer for four or five hundred dollars. for the Canadians reading this.. but a jack plane can be picked up for a hundred or two hundred dollars new." 30 3/8" at parallel 45deg I get.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 8/13 .. Also. There are lots of good articles and videos out there on using hand planes to flatten boards.2 0 1 2 0 8 2 80 1 : 4 2 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S question. and significantly less used..

that's what missing on mine. Also. It's not hard. UPDATE: yesterday afternoon I had a chance to check out Mastering Hand Tools DVD. including show to sharpen the plane properly.2 0 1 2 0 8 3 01 2 : 0 5 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Love the table! I actually made myself the original plans but had shorten it a bit and used 4 2x8's for the top and moved the brace towards the back. and am using it in my office (30" deep). I attached everything together using metal corner type braces so I can take everything apart easily since it doesn't fit through my doorwar or hallway to the office. Love how the top was reinforced with an extra 2x4. Once you learn to use a plane you'll be very glad about the new things you can do. but figured the holes from screws/brackets would be less visible than PH's since everything is cheapo studs stained to a beautiful walnut! Love your work Ana.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 9/13 . and it's not working out just right because of that.a.2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans a plane blade.2 0 1 2 0 8 3 10 6 : 0 4 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Thanks! Thanks for all the info claydowling! I will definitely look into that! p o s t e db ys m a c n e i l|o nS a t . I am building it right now. I'll need to go do some recutting. I know PH's would have worked well for this too. keep them coming :) [Soon I'll have an Ana White house lol] p o s t e db yM i l c a( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nS a t .2 0 1 2 0 9 0 12 0 : 2 5 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S According to the cut list. p o s t e db yC r y s t a lA( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT h u . and I was able to pick up a good oil stone sharpening set at Lowes for less than $30. The price is really good. p o s t e db yc l a y d o w l i n g|o nF r i . world's widest jointer) has everything you need about how to flatten boards. According to the cut list. but according to the drawing of how the desk is built. there are 4.2x4's cut at 21 3/4 long point to long point. which won't ship to you properly sharpened for board flattening.k. those pieces should be just 21" I think. and the section on the Jack Plane (a.2 0 1 2 0 9 0 11 6 : 0 1 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S ana-white.

2 0 1 2 0 9 2 80 3 : 0 7 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S 6. both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degrees off square)" needs to be 21" not 21 3/4" It came out great though!! Thanks! p o s t e db yS t e v eL a V o i s e( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nM o n ... because it's not like I've actually tried this. but this has much cleaner lines and will grow with her better.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 10/13 . The only issue with the original plan is that "4 – 2x4 @ 21” ¾” (long point to long point. but of course. How about keeping the angle the same and just adding a pair of uprights? In my mind it looks great. but I think I might end up with a 3rd X for the back. p o s t e db yb u f f y 0 5 0 6|o nW e d . Any ideas how to adjust the back angle brackets if I make the desk only 48" wide? I can adjust the angle. Wish I had more room to build it as specified.2 0 1 2 0 9 1 01 2 : 4 9 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Do you think it would be Do you think it would be possible to widen the table top by 5-10" without compromising the stability? p o s t e db yM e a g a n( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nF r i .2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans Love this desk! I was planning to build the Sawhorse Desk for my daughter's room renovation. 2x4 are needed ana-white..2 0 1 2 0 9 0 60 8 : 2 6 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Love it! I built it this Love it! I built it this weekend.2 0 1 2 0 9 0 51 9 : 4 9 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Angles! I know.I'll definitely draw it out first. my mind is a weird little place.2 0 1 2 0 9 0 50 5 : 4 4 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Keep the angle? I like the angle that's there. Before you build it. I really like the look as it is . p o s t e db yc l a y d o w l i n g|o nW e d . p o s t e db yb u f f y 0 5 0 6|o nT h u . but for a small bedroom space is tight. I'm just not sure that would look best. try a drawing..

Thanks p o s t e db yJ o h nR a s m u s s e n( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT u e .2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans You need 6.2 0 1 2 1 0 0 91 1 : 3 2 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S 6.2 0 1 2 1 0 0 91 9 : 0 6 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S $55 Fancy X Desk I am using to 2x12s for the top. Huge thanks for the design and inspiration! p o s t e db yC h r i s t i a nW( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nS a t . Also the hole from the doorknob is ideal for feeding cords through. how are the 2x12s attached at the sides. 2x4x8. One 2x4 is shown at the rear with a 1 1/2" inset.2 0 1 2 1 2 0 11 8 : 5 8 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S I find my self having to make ana-white.com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 11/13 . I like this plan very much. The leg dimensions needed to be altered slightly to fit the wider top and some more center structure was added to support any weight.2 0 1 2 1 0 0 91 1 : 3 4 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Hi. But I wonder if using 2x2's in place of the 2x4's would suffice and be strong enough? Any thoughts? p o s t e db yL i a n n a( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT u e .2 0 1 2 1 0 1 61 6 : 5 4 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Slight Modification I needed a large computer/drawing table with lots of surface so I swiped you leg/base design for this and substituted an old hollow-core door as the desktop and trimmed its sides out with some doorstop to give it a nicer edge and more finished look and to cover the slight indentations from the the hinge cutouts. 2x4 are needed You need 6. The plan only shows two 2x4s for the top support. If you add up the 2x4 material list your still way to short with 5 of them p o s t e db yD _ a r r e n( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT u e . I like this plan very Hi. Should the other 2x4 be at the rear of the front 2x12? Also. If you add up the 2x4 material list your still way to short with 5 of them p o s t e db yL o g a n( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT u e . 2x4x8.

2 0 1 2 1 2 2 72 1 : 3 6 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Here is a link to my brag Here is a link to my brag post for this plan! If I can do this.oldest first 90 comments per page Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.2 0 1 2 1 2 0 81 6 : 1 0 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S Can i easily shorten this desk? I LOVE this desk.does anyone have any suggestions for doing that easily?) This will be my first build. Will it be easy to shorten it from 72" to 60" without much of a problem? (I realize the cross bracing lengths and the boards connecting the sides will need to be sized down -.com/2013/01/my-first-build-55fancy-x-desk p o s t e db yA l y s s a W a l t e r s 6|o nM o n .2 0 1 3 0 1 0 71 4 : 3 1 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S C OMMENT VIEWING OPTIONS Threaded list .expanded Date .com/2012/08/plans/55-fancy-x-desk 12/13 . Save settings ana-white. YOU TOTALLY CAN!! http://ana-white. but sometimes it seems really off. but it is going into space that is 60" wide. This will be the 2nd plan I build for my wife! Hopefully I can get some good pictures of both soon! Thank you again! p o s t e db yD a n n yB a r t s c h( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nS a t .2 0 1 2 1 2 2 72 0 : 0 3 LOGIN O R REGISTER T OP O S TC O M M E N T S I LOVE this desk! My husband I LOVE this desk! My husband built me the Fancy X table and benches for our dining room and this is the perfect style desk for my craft room! This site rocks! Thank you for the great plans! p o s t e db yC h e y a n n e( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT h u .2/7/13 Ana White | Build a $55 Fancy X Desk | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans I find my self having to make a lot of changes to the plans. so I'm seeking input before I start next week! Thanks so much! p o s t e db yA l y s s a W a l t e r s 6( n o tv e r i f i e d )|o nT h u . I know this could be due the nature of how construction grade lumber is cut. oh well it could just be me :-P but thank you so much for your effort.

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