I know, here I go again.  Another lap desk.  But this one is super easy to make, and when you have 5 kids everyone wants something!  To top it all off, I used finishing wax which makes for a really durable and nice finish.  I also used a spray paint directly over the wood without primer and then sanded it some to give it a little of a worn look.  All of this leading to a really cute desk!

4- 9"         1x2
2- 16 1/2" 1x2
1- 11 1/2" 1x2
2- 13"       1/2
1- 18"x13" 1/4in plywood

Step 1:

Attach the 18" 1x2 to the 11 1/2" 1x2 using 1 1/4" screws and wood glue.  I used a corner clamp to ensure that the boards stayed square while attaching.

Step 2:

For this step, I attached the 11 1/2" board directly in the center using 1 1/4" screws and wood glue.  This is to make sure that the top has a little extra support since I chose to go with a very thin plywood. 

Step 3:

Now, simply come from the inside and attach each leg (9" 1x2) to the inside of the desk top using 1 1/4" screws and wood glue.  Be sure to screw from the inside so that you don't have to fill any holes in later.  Of course, as you know, I didn't do this on my first go round...brain freeze.

Once all legs are attached it should look something like this....
Step 4:

For this step, attach the top with 1" finishing nails and wood glue.  Once the top is attached, sand the entire table smooth.

Step 5:

Choose a color for the desk and spray paint, allow to dry, and then sand.  Make sure to leave some wood exposed to give it that old look.  Once that is completed, just take some finishing wax and rub over desk following the instructions.  
Final Step:




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