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Last week I shared my plans for a bookshelf I made from an old door.  The bookshelf was part of a project to repurpose two doors to make a storage unit for my daughter’s bedroom.  This week I am sharing part two of this project, a desk made from the second door.

My daughter had been asking me to make her a desk for a while, but her room is just too small for a full sized desk.  While the desk is small, it is big enough for her to store her school supplies and still give her a space to work. 

Supply List:

  • 1 old wood door
  • 1- 4x8x3/4 in plywood
  • 2- 3x1x8
  • 1- 1x2x8
  • 1- 4x8x¼ in plywood
  • 1×4 (only need 26-1/4 in)
  • 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4 in brad nails

Cut List:

¾ in Plywood:

  • 3 @ 12×22 in
  • 1 @ 22×22 in


  • 2 @ 21-1/4 in
  • 2 @ 10 in (one side cut at 45o)
  • 1 @ 23-1/2 in (both sides cut at 45o)
  • 2 @ 12 in (inside trim on desk)
  • 1 @ 20-1/2 (inside trim on desk)


  • 2 @ 76.5 in


  • 1 @ 26-1/2 in

¼ in plywood:

  • 24 in x 80 in

Tools Needed:

  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Kreg Rip Cut
  • Air compressor and nail gun

Project Plan:

Step One:

Cut door into two 12 inch sections.  I used a circular saw to cut the door.

Step Two:

Prepare the door by removing old paint. 

Step Three:

Attach 12 in plywood shelves using pocket hole screws.  I cut the plywood to size with a Kreg Rip Cut.

Step Four:

Attach desktop using pocket hole screws.

Step Five:

Attach 1×2 trim around desktop using 1-1/4 in brad nails.

Step Six:

Attach face frame using 1-1/4 brad nails.  I used 1×4 for the top, 1×3 for the sides, and 1×2 for the shelves.

Step Seven:

Attach ¼ in plywood to back of the desk.

Step Eight:

Sand and paint.

The desk works perfectly for my daughter’s room, and she loves it.  Next time I will post the plans for the window bench that connects the bookshelf and the desk.

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