Hairpin Leg Desk

By Rockler  |  11/03/2017

Rockler's I-Semble® 3-Rod Hairpin Legs elevate this solid, stylish and easy-to-build desk. Easy-to-find plywood and Hairpin Legs are key to this project. Simple, solid construction techniques help this DIY project come together quickly.


Cut the Pieces

You will need to use 3/4" thick hardwood veneer plywood for the top and 1/2" thick drawer stock for the drawer assembly.


Build Drawer Box

You will need to build 2 of these. Construction techniques are the same for both. Align top of Part C with tops of both Parts B before marking dowel locations. Secure dowels with wood glue.


Install Drawer Bottom

Slide Part D into grooves in drawer box assembly. Secure the bottom to the back with nails or screws driven from underneath.


Install Slides on Drawer

Align the front edge of the slides’ drawer components with the front edge of the drawer box.


Build the Case

Center each cabinet component of the drawer slides along the height of Part G. Position the front of the slides 3/4" back from the edge. Secure dowels with wood glue.

Note: Two interior dividers (G) are secured with glue only. Position them so that the drawer opening is 13" wide.


Install the Drawer Fronts and Knobs

Drill 5/16" holes in drawer fronts to allow for adjustment when mounting drawer face. Aim for a 1/8" gap all the way around the drawer face. Sand lightly and apply your choice of finish.

Note: Cover all exposed plywood edges with matching edge banding.


Attach the Legs

Use included hardware to attach legs to desk case.

Hardware Needed:


I-Semble 3-Rod Hairpin Legs, 4-Pack, Black


I-Semble 3-Rod Hairpin Legs, 4-Pack, Stainless Steel


8 x 1" Zinc, Screws (100 per Pack)

Supplies Needed:


Rockler 1/4'' Dowel Drilling Jig Kit


2-1/2" High x 4 Foot Long Birch Drawer Side


Titebond® Original Wood Glue, 8 oz.


Plywood - 3/4" thick


Choice of Finish


Edge Banding