DIY Live Edge Desk

how to make a live edge desk

Hello, world! Hope everyone is doing well! If you’re like most other Earthlings right now, you’re probably practicing social distancing like you’re getting paid for it (well, if you’re working from home, you technically are)… and currently, since moving back in my with my parents for a bit, there are six of us humans working and/or schooling from home, which has made things a bit hectic. So, to help ease the burden of limited workspaces, I created the easiest DIY live edge desk in less than a full weekend with only TWO power tools. Check this thing out!

How To Make A Live Edge Desk

Want to see this build in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel!

A big thank you to DIY Hairpin Legs for providing the legs for this build! For my full disclosure/sponsorship policy, click here.

Speaking of YouTube… can you believe we hit 50,000 subs!? There are also over 100,000 of you amazing humans following me on Instagram as well! So, to help celebrate, I’m giving away two $50 Home Depot gift cards! You can enter to win on Instagram and on my YouTube video!

Now, back to business!

There are so many things I love about this project – but, the top two winners are that it took me only one weekend to make and I only needed TWO power tools to make it happen!

wood desk with hairpin legs

Also, this slab was amazingly easy for me to source while practicing social distancing at home. In fact, I purchased it from The Lumber Shack and they delivered it to me in just a few days. I was also able to get these beautiful hairpin legs from DIY Hairpin Legs delivered to me as well.

Ready to see how easy it was to whip together this desk? Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

how to make live edge furniture with hairpin legs

Live Edge Slab
28″ Hairpin Legs (With Hardware)
5-Minute Epoxy
Epoxy Tint
Medium Walnut Danish Oil

Drill (& Bits)
Sander (& Sandpaper)

The Steps:

1. Fill any voids in the slab with epoxy. I chose a 5-minute epoxy project for this because the voids I had in my slab were shallow. Deep slabs will require a deep pour epoxy.

filling voids in wood with epoxy resin

2. After letting the epoxy cure, sand it flush along with the entire slab. I started with 80 grit and gradually worked to 220 grit.

how to sand live edge

3. Once your slab is prepped, finish it using a wood finishing product. I chose a medium walnut danish oil for mine.

sealing live edge wood

4. Last step is to add the hairpin legs! Mine came with all of the hardware required to install. So, I predrilled my holes and added the legs with screws.

installing hairpin legs on tavle

That is it!

easy diy desk plans

I’m so excited about this easy DIY desk! It’s literally perfect for my computer and my coffee. It also doesn’t hurt that it took me less than a weekend to make!

Want to save this project for later? Make sure to Pin It!

In the meantime, I cannot thank you all for all of the love and support you give me on the regular! I am so grateful for you all!

See you all soon for another project!

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.



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