Step 4: Attach the Base

Tom Silva attaches the base to the table legs
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Position the legs 1 inch from each edge at the corners. Glue the back, sides, and apron in place, their cleats flush with the inner faces of the legs, as shown. Drive 1-inch screws through the cleats and into the desktop; use 2-inch screws to go through the cleats and into the legs.
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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