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How to make a standing height desk

Pieces built by small local lumbar yard. You assemble & paint. It's that easy!

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Finished Standing Height Desk

Finished Standing Height Desk

Choose a thick piece of plywood.  This one was from the "junk pile" at Foggs hardware. Ask to have it cut to whatever measurement you want.  Mine is 3ft x 5ft . Cost $15.

Choose a thick piece of plywood. This one was from the "junk pile" at Foggs hardware. Ask to have it cut to whatever measurement you want. Mine is 3ft x 5ft . Cost $15.

Ask local hardware/building supply store to build two sawhorses (38 inches - 40 inch depending on your height) Or measure a standing table height that is comfortable for you.  Cost was $30

Ask local hardware/building supply store to build two sawhorses (38 inches - 40 inch depending on your height) Or measure a standing table height that is comfortable for you. Cost was $30

Staining and painting. Get your supplies ready. Follow paint/stain can directions for application and clean up.

Staining and painting. Get your supplies ready. Follow paint/stain can directions for application and clean up.

Use wood filler on sawhorse screw holes. Sand & wipe clean both sawhorses and the sheet of plywood.

Use wood filler on sawhorse screw holes. Sand & wipe clean both sawhorses and the sheet of plywood.

Maple stain. 3 coats. Both sides. Of course let each side dry first. You could use a different color on each side.

Maple stain. 3 coats. Both sides. Of course let each side dry first. You could use a different color on each side.

Paint the sawhorses. I used an interior latex paint. No primer. Note the drop cloth. Sawhorses elevated off ground with pallet.

Paint the sawhorses. I used an interior latex paint. No primer. Note the drop cloth. Sawhorses elevated off ground with pallet.

"May" the cat supervising the painting.

"May" the cat supervising the painting.

A little help. Painting time: 3 hours minus the 30 minutes of donated teen time.

A little help. Painting time: 3 hours minus the 30 minutes of donated teen time.

Before....

Before....

After!

After!

Desk is ready for the @rmsnurse health office. Perfect height for me but if you're 6ft tall like this kid, you'll needs a taller desk. \ud83d\udd28 Total cost $54.

Desk is ready for the @rmsnurse health office. Perfect height for me but if you're 6ft tall like this kid, you'll needs a taller desk. 🔨 Total cost $54.

  • 2 Custom made sawhorses.
  • 1 sheet of plywood 3ftx5ft
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Maple Wood stain
  • Rags
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint
  • Tape Measure
  • Kids willing to paint
  • Friendly watchful cat