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The next clever little bit is how the drawers attach. The unit with the drawer slides has six pegs which connect to the rungs running across the top. When assembling, before adding the front-most rung, the drawer unit is slid into the holes on the rear two rungs, and then the front-most rung is slid onto the pegs and the frames.
Because the rungs can be put onto the desk either way, the desk can be assembled with drawers on the left side, or on the right side.
To give the drawer cage a bit of lateral stability, I also added a diagonal brace. This brace is attached via two dowels. One dowel plugs into the pin joint in the corner, the other in an extra hole in the drawer cage. The diagonal brace probably isn't necessary, I just wanted to ensure everything stayed square.
Moving itAnd here's the desk parts disassembled, minus the drawers. Fits in most cars where the rear seats can be folded down. The critical dimension is the width of the desk top, which at 151 cm wide, just fits behind the front seats of VW golf. Depending on what car you drive, you might want to make the desk top a tiny bit narrower. Or maybe even make the desk top as two parts.
Plans...Like most pieces of furniture, I built this one without having drawn any plans for it. Many of the dimensions came from the size of boards I started with. Eighteen years after I built the desk, I finally drew some Plans for it in google Sketchup.
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