Step 2: Install the Cleats

Tom Silva attaches the cleats
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Lay the back, side, and apron pieces flat. Set the cleats on edge and position them flush with the top and sides of the flat pieces, as shown. Secure the cleats with glue, followed by 1-inch nails through the plywood and into the cleats.
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    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch plywood to make the desktop, back, sides, and cubby.
    Get a 4x8-foot sheet.

    2. 1x3 to make the apron.
    Get a 3-foot piece.

    3. 1x2 to make the cleats.
    Get two 8-foot boards.

    4. ¾-inch molding to trim the hutch.
    Get two 6-foot lengths.

    5. 1-inch molding to trim the desktop's front and sides.
    Get two 6-foot lengths.

    6. 29-inch legs.
    Get four.

    7. Acrylic sheeting.
    Get a piece you can cut to 27 by 48 inches.

    8. Small cabinet to make into a hutch.
    We used a ClosetMaid 3-Shelf 12-inch Wood Laminate Storage cabinet with door from Lowe's.9. ¼x5 lumber to make mail-slot dividers for the hutch.
    Get at least 4 feet.

    10. Hardboard.
    Get a piece the size of the back of the cabinet; you'll attach it to the hutch in place of the cabinet's back, which isn't designed to take paint.

    11. 1-inch brad nails

    12. 1 -inch brad nails

    13. 1-inch screws

    14. 2-inch screws