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The Flip Desk
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The Flip Desk

I envisioned this desk as a combination home office and makeup station/vanity but it could easily work for a variety of different uses. I also drilled holes for running laptop power cables through the compartment and desktop.

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Pick your plywood.

I selected 3/4" Purebond Birch veneer plywood, but any 3/4" thick sheet of plywood will work. There are a lot of different options and this desk could look really cool with any of them. I had one of the nice Home Depot associates cut the top and bottom of the desk for me. This saves time and also makes it much easer to get the plywood home.


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Cut the plywood strips.

Use a pencil to mark out the strips of plywood to be cut. Clamp the plywood to a work table and cut the strips with a circular saw. If you're using a RYOBI Circular Saw with a laser guide, affixing a guide fence isn't needed because you can just follow the pencil lines. I used a plywood blade for my circular saw to reduce the amount of tear out for each cut.


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Cut the strips to length.

Once you have turned the leftover plywood into a bunch of strips, mark out the design on the bottom of the desk and start cutting the strips to length. Cut the pieces for the front side of the desk first. You'll have just just enough plywood to make the desk and some small pieces with gaps for the interior walls of the desk cabinets.


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Screw the strips.

Screw the strips together one at a time using 1 1/4" long screws. You'll need to vary the screw locations to avoid bumping into screws on a lower layer of plywood.


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Mark the top.

Use a pencil to mark the cut lines for the desktop and use your circular saw to make the cuts.


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Screw the Hinges to the Lids.

Screw the hinges to the underside of the desktop lids.


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Mark the Hinge Locations.

Place all of the desktop pieces in their proper positions before setting the lid into place and marking the outline of the hinges with a pencil.


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Cut a Recess for the Hinges.

Set your circular saw cut just about 1/8" deep and cut grooves in the desk to allow the hinges to sit flush. Make a series of cuts with the circular saw and then remove any remaining pieces with a chisel.


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Screw in the Lid into Place.

Screw the hinges to the desk to affix the lid to the desk. You may not get it perfect the first time, so just place two screws at first and then test opening and closing the lid to make sure it's properly aligned.


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Screw on the Top Pieces.

I screwed the remaining top pieces into place with 1 1/4" stainless steel finish screws. They're more expensive but look much nicer. I marked the screw locations prior to screwing to make sure I had uniform placement.


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Sanding.

I used 220 grit paper on my RYOBI Orbital Sander to lightly sand the top. I used 100 and 220 grit paper on the sides of the desk.


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Screw on the Legs.

Gently flip the desk over and screw on the legs. You can use longer screws where the leg holes align with the stacked up strips, but make sure to use 3/4" screws for the holes that align only with a single layer of plywood.


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Get Organized.

I made some interior partitions for the cabinets out of leftover 2x3 scraps and paint stirring sticks, but you can choose to leave the cabinets open. To make the partitions, I clamped together two 2x3s and cut grooves into them. The paint sticks fit into the grooves. I also drilled some holes into the 2x3s for some handy cylindrical compartments.


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Finish.

I painted the underside of the small compartment with chalkboard paint and used double stick tape to attach a mirror to the underside of the larger lid.

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I envisioned this desk as a combination home office and makeup station/vanity but it could easily work for a variety of different uses. I also drilled holes for running laptop power cables through the compartment and desktop.


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Comments (1)


smullens71
smullens71

These instructions are not very user friendly. When I make a tutorial, I edit the directions until any lay person could read them and know step by step exactly what to do. I also include pictures to aid in understanding. Doing this prevents me from leaving out information or steps that could lead to fuzzy directions. Im sincerely just offering a suggestion, as these instructions require the reader to go back and forth, refering to the one diagram to figure out how to put the desk together.


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Difficulty: Easy

Materials Used:

  • 3/4" PureBond Plywood

  • 4' by 8' Sheet Pre-Made Table Legs

  • Hinges

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