How to Make a Simple DIY Desk Organizer

This project involves creating a simple and elegant desk organizer to keep your workspace neat and tidy.

Follow this step-by-step guide to build a functional and stylish organizer using basic woodworking tools and materials.

The full build video by Shara Woodshop Diaries is at the bottom of the article.

Design and Structure

The desk organizer features multiple compartments for storing notebooks, pens, and other office supplies.

It includes a drawer for small items and open shelves for easy access to frequently used items. The minimalist design makes it a versatile addition to any workspace.

Material Selection

Choose durable and attractive wood such as oak, pine, or plywood. Ensure the wood is smooth and free from defects. You will need:

  • A main board for the base and back
  • Smaller boards for the shelves, sides, and drawer components

Building Techniques

Constructing this desk organizer involves several straightforward woodworking techniques:

  1. Cutting the Pieces: Start by cutting the wood to the required dimensions. You will need pieces for the base, back, sides, shelves, and drawer. Ensure all pieces are cut accurately to fit together properly.
  2. Assembling the Frame: Begin by attaching the sides to the base and back pieces using wood glue and screws or nails. This will form the main structure of the organizer. Ensure the frame is square and sturdy.
  3. Adding the Shelves: Attach the shelves inside the frame at the desired heights. Use wood glue and screws to secure them in place. Make sure the shelves are level and evenly spaced.
  4. Building the Drawer: Cut pieces for the drawer sides, front, back, and bottom. Assemble the drawer box using wood glue and nails or screws. Attach a handle or cut a finger pull into the drawer front for easy opening.
  5. Sanding the Organizer: Sand all surfaces of the desk organizer to remove any rough edges and ensure a smooth finish. Pay special attention to the edges and corners to make them comfortable to touch and handle.
  6. Finishing the Organizer: Apply a wood finish, stain, or paint to protect the wood and enhance its appearance. Choose a finish that complements your workspace decor. Apply multiple coats, allowing each to dry before applying the next.

Technical Considerations

When building a desk organizer, consider the following technical aspects:

  • Measurements: Ensure all measurements are accurate to ensure the components fit together properly.
  • Stability: Make sure the frame is sturdy and the shelves are securely attached to support the weight of your office supplies.
  • Finish: Choose a durable finish that protects the wood and matches your decor. Consider using a clear finish to showcase the natural beauty of the wood.

Aesthetic and Practical Appeal

This DIY desk organizer project combines functionality with a sleek design, making it a great addition to any workspace. Its multiple compartments help keep your desk tidy and organized, while the minimalist design adds a touch of elegance to your office.

This project is perfect for woodworkers looking to create something practical and stylish with minimal tools. It offers an opportunity to practice basic woodworking skills while producing a useful item that enhances daily productivity.

So gather your materials and tools, and enjoy the process of building a beautiful and functional desk organizer.

Full How To Build Video