I Now that we're living in the lap of luxury: three kids --> three bedrooms, I thought it was time they had a study desk each. I didn't even look up desks to purchase, but went straight to my hero Ana White's website and decided on the sawhorse storage desk.
We also decided these would be Christmas gifts which (a) is an awesome present as the kids all badly needed more storage space, and frankly they needed more furniture in general for their rooms, and (b) gave me a deadline which I need in order to accomplish ANYTHING in my life.
One of the things we liked best when we bought this house was the two-car-garage-sized heated workshop. It's amazing. It does heat up pretty well, but this is Saskatchewan and so I usually still need a toque and big boots. :)
I bought birch plywood from Home Hardware in 5' by 5' piece for the desk tops, a cheaper plywood for the shelves and base and I applied three layers of clear coat varathane to all. For the front pieces I used beautiful craft paint from a local store and sealed it with varathane. My trusty Kreg's jig got a LOT of use and I just can't imagine how I did anything without it. Highly, highly recommend.
Also, disclaimer, the end-of-days mask may seem a bit much, but I get sick easily and sawdust just kills me every time.
So... countless hours measuring, cutting, sanding, attaching, listening to podcasts and being delivered peppermint flavoured coffee... it was a pretty fabulous holiday time for me!
This was December 2017. The desks have held up really well. They are sturdy, hold a lot of treasures and don't take up too much room.