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Instructions for a desk

In just a few steps, build a personalised desk. With a large work surface and additional storage space, it makes a fantastic addition to any office or teenager's bedroom.

1Drawing the components

Attached is a list of all the materials required.
Use the grid drawing (attached) as a template. Each grid square is 100 x 100mm. The 100 x 100 mm grid is drawn onto the table top, the points transferred and then linked free-hand (left image). The outlines of the shelves (wooden supports for the column) are drawn using string, a nail and pencil to draw the circle (right image).

2Cutting out the components

The individual parts are cut out (see also the dimensional sketch attached) using a jigsaw. To start with, drill an approximately 20 mm hole touching the edge of the outer panel.

3Connecting the shelves

The three shelves (wooden supports) in the left-hand column are connected using two 400 x 740 mm x 4 mm plywood panels. To ensure that the shape does not warp, a 90° angle must always be maintained. Screws are positioned approximately every 50 mm (left image).
Tip: Lashing straps can help to secure the panels before screwing them into place! Before the strips are glued, the surface to be coated should be sanded. The first half-round wooden strip (available from well-stocked DIY stores or timber merchants) is screwed on from inside (right image).

4Gluing the half-round wooden strips

The remaining half-round wooden strips are glued flush onto the surface. The lashing straps (left image) are again helpful for this.
By clamping the straps, the glue is distributed over the surface and the half-round wooden strips are secured in place while the glue is drying. Any glue that leaks out must be removed straight away with a damp cloth.
Once the glue has dried, the lashing straps can be removed (right image).

5Screwing the right-hand column into place

The right-hand column is built in the same way, except that the shelves (wooden supports) are crescent-shaped. First screw on the outer parts and then the central piece to increase the stability. Screw distance max. 50 mm. The first half-round wooden strip must also be screwed into place from inside.

6Attaching the half-round wooden strips

Now apply glue again and attach the remaining half-round wooden strips (left image).
In the upper panel, holes are drilled at the narrow end which will later be used to hold pens. A wooden offcut should be used so that the worktop underneath is not damaged (right image).

7Stirring the paint

Open the tin containing the paint in the required colour using the stirrer included with the W 100 and align the suction pipe on the spray attachment so it is facing forwards.
Fill paint up to the 3/4 mark on the paint container and dilute it. Place the stirrer against the base of the filled paint container. The distance between the notches represents a dilution of 10%.  Stir the paint well and carry out a test spray.
The spray nozzle can be positioned in three different directions. A horizontal jet to work from top to bottom, vertical for right to left or for particularly intricate areas. The small wheel allows the quantity of paint to be steplessly adjusted.

8The spraying process

Start with corners, edges and angles and then spray the surfaces. Spray from the outside with a uniform distance over the half-round wooden strips. Only change the direction of spray when past the edge of the half-round wooden strips. This avoids a build-up of thicker layers of paint during direction changes. Tip: Since paint applied too thickly can cause drips, it is better to spray two thin coats. After spraying, allow the paint to dry in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Clean the spray attachment thoroughly with water and solvent after use.


Screw the securing panels (wooden supports) for the tubes to the large table top and under the small upper panel and attach the tubes.


If you wish, you can convert the spray gun into a paint sprayer for wood & metal paints. Click the
Standard spray attachment onto the turbine for applying water or solvent based paint including, glazes, primers, stains and wood preservatives - here too, the spraying effect produces an excellent surface finish. With the spray systems from Wagner, the application of interior wall paint, varnish and glaze is quick and easy and the results speak for themselves. After that, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

List of materials

Item in drawingDescriptionDimensions in mmMaterialComment
Table panels
1Upper panel800 x 400Birch veneer plywood 21 mmAs per grid drawing
1Table top1600 x 900Birch veneer plywood 21 mmAs per grid drawing
Wooden supports
3Shelves of left column480 x 480Birch veneer plywood 21 mmCircle
3Cover and base, right-hand side panel470 x 160Birch veneer plywood 21 mmRadii - no template
4Upper panel fixing105 x 105Birch veneer plywood 21 mmInternal diameter drainpipe
2Sub-construction for strips400 x 740Plywood 4 mmShelf column
1Sub-construction for strips440 x 740Plywood 4 mmRight-hand side panel inside
1Sub-construction for strips540 x 740Plywood 4 mmRight-hand side panel outside
95EnclosureLength 740 mmHalf-round strips made from pine 10 x 20 mmGlued, 2 x 20 shelf column, residual side panel
3Test tubes, here diameter 20 mmFlower vases
2Spacers for the top panelDiameter 110 x 80Plastic pipe
variouswood screws
1wood glue
1Acrylic paint, here mixed NSC: S1020-G
Pencil, folding rule, try square and ruler for transferring the grid, implements to draw a circle, nail and bendable strip for free-hand shape drawing, drill and 20 mm wood or spade drill and possibly 2 mm for pre-drilling, screwdriver or ratchet set with screwdriver attachment (in this case from Wera), sanding machine or block and coarse, medium and fine sandpaper, lashing strap, paint spraying system (in this case the Wagner W 100)


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