DIY X-Leg Desk With Drawers

x leg desk

YOU GUYS. I am so excited to finally be sharing this project with all of you! After finally getting tired of using a piece of plywood with table legs, I took to the workshop and built myself a brand new desk! Best news about this desk? Well, thanks to my friends over at Kreg¬†and BuildSomething, I was able to create my first set of OFFICIAL woodworking plans for the project to share with you all! Want to learn more about the build and make one yourself? I’ve got your back.

(To skip ahead to the free plans, click on this link)

Being that I’m on a crazy schedule right now, this build took me a while, but I am SO excited that it is done. It was well worth the hours it took me to figure everything out. I’ve been bragging about a big build on Instagram and Facebook recently, and this was the one!

x desk with storage

Besides the cool look of the x-legs, I’m super excited about having functioning drawers to hide all of my clutter. Working on my dissertation tends to mean that I have piles of articles laying around, so now I can store them away and pretend I’m organized.

Now, down the nitty gritty. Just some things I wanted to mention before showing you the plans. First, the legs were a super pain to figure out. They are actually made from 6 pieces on both sides. You can find all of the measurements in the plans. It may be worth it to pick up some extra wood for the legs and play around with the measurements before committing.

Next, I definitely could not have done this project without my Kreg Jig and DAP Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive. For each step that requires joining, make sure to join with the appropriate Kreg Screws and wood glue for a permanent bond. I also made sure to cover all pocket holes and nail holes with stainable wood putty.

how to build a desk

Lastly, in case you want the same finish as I have on my desk, I used this lethal combination of goods right here:

custom build desk

I also made sure to use a pre-stain wood conditioner after sanding and before staining to help get rid of the blotchiness in the wood.

Lastly, after days and days of searching for just the right hardware, I finally found these drawer pulls at MyKnobs.com.

diy wooden desk

That’s it for my advice and important materials! I hope you guys love this desk as much as I do. I can’t stop staring at it and saying “I made this” out loud. Sometimes I just get a little obsessed…

diy desk with drawers

If you want to check out the FREE Plans, click on the image below to head on over to BuildSomething.com! If you choose to make the desk on your own and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

woodworking plans diy desk

As always… Happy DIY’ing!

This project is sponsored by BuildSomething.com and Kreg!

Sam Raimondi

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




  • Anika

    This is a super cool deak! Absolutely love it!

  • Mia Love Emley

    Hi! I have been thinking about tackling some sort of DIY desk for a while now. I could not help but shriek with excitement when I saw this desk you made, and the fact that it came with a build plan! I was kinda wondering as to how much this desk would cost me to build, (because i am kinda cheap). This is a super cool desk and I love it, but before i absolutely commit to the task, I guess I would like to know the average cost it would take to create such an amazing desk.

    Thank You, have an amazing day!!! -Mia

    • Sam Raimondi

      Hi Mia!

      I’m so excited you love the desk and the plans! All together (stain, hardware, materials), this desk cost me around $150 – which, was WAY less than the ones I saw that I loved in the stores (the one I based this desk build off of was $799!). I totally get it. I’m on a seriously strict budget. I hope you’ll try to tackle this build and share it with me!

  • Mia Love Emley

    Oh Wow!!!! That is amazing!!! I found a desk quite similar to this, at its cheapest, at Target for $300 when it was on sale. I totally wanting to build this now and I will definitely share once the project is started and finished. Thank You sooooooo much Sam!!!

    • Sam Raimondi

      Please do! If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Jeff in Kansas

    I’m looking at your desk height and comparing it to my kitchen table which is 29 inches and the counter tops that are close to 34. Do you sit at the desk, stand or are you using only as a storage spot? The desk looks very nice and considering your design for a stand up desk for my daughter …

    • Sam Raimondi

      Hi Jeff! I actually modeled the height of my desk off of one I saw in a furniture store. I do have an adjustable chair that is able to comfortably seat me at my desk. I’m glad you like the design, I do hope you are able to make one for your daughter! If you have any questions when building, please let me know and I would be happy to help!

  • Apryl

    OMG I love this desk. I just finished building it, but I can’t find the desk pulls that you used. I went to the website but after scrolling and scolling I still can’t find it. Would you have the link or maybe even the name of that type of pull?

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