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Suddenly in need of a desk for working at home? Follow these easy steps and make a nifty trestle table.

Project notes

  • To cut costs, buy a trestle at the store and use an old door or wood offcut for the top – then you only need to make the two cupboard units.
  • Measure twice, so you only have to saw once.
  • Remember to drill pilot holes.
  • Sand your planks beforehand.


Hard labour 4/10 

Skill level 4/10

Time needed 1 to 2 hours 

Do it yourself for ± R1 300: wood R1 170, screws R20, glue R30, sandpaper R10, wood filler R30, hinges R20


  • cordless drill and 3mm drill bit
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • try square
  • hammer
• 22 x 95mm planed pine, cut to:
   four 765mm lengths (trestle legs)
   four 600mm lengths (trestle horizontal struts) 
• 18mm plywood in these sizes:
   one 400 x 400mm (trestle shelf)
   four 680 x 300mm (cupboard sides)
   four 300 x 300mm (cupboard base and top)
   two 644 x 300mm (cupboard back boards)
   two 300 x 280mm (cupboard shelf)
   one 1 800 x 650mm (top)
• pine wood filler
• Alcolin Fast Set Glue
• one packet 6mm x 50mm chipboard screws
• 150-grit sandpaper
• two 100mm flat hinges 
• one packet shelf nails

This is how: first the trestle...

1. Lay two of the 765mm legs next to each other and make a mark on each, 100mm from the ‘bottom’ end. Place one 600mm horizontal strut at a right angle flush across the ‘top’ of the two legs and screw together; attach another horizontal strut at the 100mm mark.

Repeat to make a second such structure. Place the two structures against each other and attach the flat hinges in-between.  

2. Attach two pine offcuts underneath the 400 x 400mm plywood shelf.

Then two cupboard units...

3. Mark the thickness of the base and top across the 680 x 300mm sides and drill pilot holes. Glue and screw one 300 x 300mm base and top at a right angle between two sides.

Place one 644 x 300mm back board inside the frame and screw together to complete the cupboard.

4. Screw in four 70mm offcut blocks underneath the cupboards as legs. 

5. Mark the height you want for the cupboard shelf and tap in the shelf nails at these marks; place the 300 x 280mm shelf on the nails. Repeat steps 3–5 to make another cupboard.  

To finish

Fill all screw holes with wood filler and allow to dry completely; sand the wood thoroughly. Place the trestle in position and ‘hook’ its shelf over the lower horizontal struts. Position the two cupboards on the other end, one with its back against the side of the other, and place the work surface across the top.


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