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The One Where the Kids Study

As my kids started getting old enough to do school work at home, it became apparent they would need a place to work on it. I nice long open wall in Abby’s room gave us the perfect spot to put a dual desk.

Our design involved three sets of cubbies, two on the outside and one in the center with the chairs between them.

Used some 3/4″ plywood and cut long strips all the same width, since pretty much every board in this project has the same width.

I then broke out my Kreg Jig. Have I mentioned before how awesome my Kreg Jig is? For building cubbies like this, it makes it go together super fast with strong joints. I then used some edge banding on the fronts of the cubbies to give them a nice, finished edge.

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This is the perfect project to highlight my Kreg Jig. Look at those perfect pocket holes. So I cut some 1 1/2″ boards to surround each desktop pieces and cut them at a 45 degree angle. I cut a bunch of pocket holes on the bottom of the desktop, clamped it together, and screwed them in place.

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The molding overhangs the cubbies by 3/4″.

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Here I have everything assembled. The desktop is just resting on the cubbies. I need to sand and finish everything. I will them bring the cubbies and desktop into the kids’ room to assemble.

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We decided the cubbies would be white with a natural wood top. So I used a few of coats of some clear finish on the top, sanding with a very fine grit between each.

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One of the things I love most about building things like this, is you end up with a product that is perfectly designed for the spot. There is no way we would have found something similar that met our hight, length, and width requirements.

We also have a couple of chairs we picked up for free and refinished.

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Here are some of the tools and supplies I used in this project. If you are interested in one, click to take a look. You get a fun product, I get a fun commission. Thanks!


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