How to Build a Homeschool Desk

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I’m so excited to share our homeschool desk with you today! It is cuuuuute!

This homeschool desk fits perfectly in the little section of our downstairs room. When I told Travis my vision for the kids desk he was all on board. He’d never done a desk with pipes before, and we both love a little of the industrial look thrown into our decor.

This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

You will need:

We ended up purchasing the cedar boards we used at a local lumber yard. Home Depot was low on stock and the boards were pretty warped. You want some flat, straight, dry boards for any project you’re using boards for a surface.

  • 3, 1x8x8 cedar boards
  • 6, 3/4 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Tees
  • 4, 3/4 in. Black Malleable Iron Floor Flanges (2-Pack)
  • 4, 3/4 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Tees
  • 2, 3/4 in. x 12 in. Black Steel Nipples
  • 4, 3/4 in. x 10 in. Black Steel Nipples
  • 4, 3/4 in. x 18 in. Black Steel Schedule 40 Cut Pipes
  • 2, 3/4 in. x Close Black Steel Nipples
  • 1, 3/4 in. x 48 in. Black Steel Schedule 40 Cut Pipe
  • 1 pack of 8 x 3/4 in. Phillips Flat Head Brass Wood Screws

How to make the homeschool desk

Beginning with legs, assemble the needed pipes. Take one 10″ and one 18″ black pipe, insert them into the black T, one on each end, horizontally. Do this for all 4 legs.

This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

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    This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

    Two of these legs will be the front, for these, insert a 12″ pipe into the remaining opening of each T that you had attached to the front legs. Screw each of the remaining T connectors to the 12″ pipes you have coming off the front legs.

    This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

    Connect each 3/4 in. x Close Black Steel Nipple to the T, then to finish it off connect the legs on each side by the T’s on the back legs. Each set of legs should be connected at this point.

    Connect the 48″ crossbar into the T’s holding the legs together.

    Now connect the floor flanges to the tops and bottoms of the legs. The floor flanges that will be on the ground are what you help to level out the desk. We wanted our desk to be 4’8″ long, so that’s what we cut all three boards to.

    Attach the three cedar boards using 2, 19″ pieces of cedar board. For these boards, use 1 1/4″ screws to secure together.

    This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

    Placing the top of the desk face down on the ground, flip the top portion of the legs over onto the back of the desk. Measure and make legs square on back of table. Screw into place using the flat head brass screws. Flip back over and the desk is complete! Sand down and seal with polyurethane.

    Now enjoy your new desk!

    This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

    While Travis was working on the desk, I refurbished this cart to go with it and hold most of our supplies. I think they’re quite a pair.

    This easy to build homeschool desk is perfect for two kids with lots of workspace. The industrial vibe make it a fun place to work! #homeschooldesk #homeschoolroom

    And if you’re curious about our homeschool material, I’ve got a whole post with a rundown of what we’re using this year here. And this is the 4 day a week homeschool schedule we are using and loving.

    Also, we got our chairs from Amazon and they were a great deal! We love them. You can grab a set here.

    Let me know if you make this desk! I’d love to hear how it goes!

    Yield: Medium Size Desk

    Industrial Pipe Desk

    Industrial Pipe Desk

    This easy to assemble desk is the pefect size for our homeschool area. Travis assembled it in just a couple hours. Not only is hte pipe legs a fun, industrial look, but there is hardly any wood to cut and no angles to work with. This would be a great project for a beginner dabbling in making furniture.

    Active Time 3 hours
    Total Time 3 hours
    Difficulty Beginner

    Materials

    • 3 1x8x8 cedar boards
    • 6 3/4 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Tee
    • 4 3/4 in. Black Malleable Iron Floor Flange (2-Pack)
    • 4 3/4 in. Black Malleable Iron Threaded Tee
    • 2 3/4 in. x 12 in. Black Steel Nipple
    • 4 3/4 in. x 10 in. Black Steel Nipple
    • 4 3/4 in. x 18 in. Black Steel Schedule 40 Cut Pipe
    • 2 3/4 in. x Close Black Steel Nipple
    • 1 3/4 in. x 48 in. Black Steel Schedule 40 Cut Pipe
    • #8 x 3/4 in. Phillips Flat Head Brass Wood Screw (100-Pack)

    Tools

    • chop saw
    • drill

    Instructions

    1. Beginning with legs, assemble the needed pipes. Take one 10" and one 18" black pipe, insert them into the black T, one on each end, horizontally. Do this for all 4 legs.
    2. Two of these legs will be the front, for these, insert a 12" pipe into the remaining opening of each T that you had attatched to the front legs.
    3. Screw each of the remaining T connectors to the 12" pipes you have coming off the front legs.
    4. Connect each 3/4 in. x Close Black Steel Nipple to the T, then to finish it off connect the legs on each side by by the T's on the back legs. Each set of legs should be connected at this point.
    5. Connect the 48" crossbar into the T's holding the legs together.
    6. Now connect the floor flanges to the tops and bottoms of the legs. The floor flanges that will be on the ground are what you help to level out the desk.
    7. We wanted our desk to be 4'8" long, so that's what we cut all three boards to.
    8. Attatch the three cedar boards using 2, 19" pieces of cedar board.
    9. Placing the top of the desk face down on the ground, flip the top portion of the legs over onto the back of the desk. Level and make even, and screw into place using the flat head brass screws.
    10. Flip back over and the desk is complete! Sand down and stain and seal with polyurethane.
    11. Enjoy your new desk!

    Want to build pipe furniture but not have to worry about shopping for pipes?

    We recently found this amazing company called Pipeline Furniture. They have pipe furniture kits where you can purchase the pipes and assembly pieces. Then you simply buy the wood you’d like to make it with at your local hardware store and construct the piece! We recently did that with this end table!

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