This light yet sturdy desk is somewhat of a combination of a couple different Shaker trestle tables.
It was from the beginning to be used to be able to use a laptop computer comfortably (without lingering at the kitchen table) and have room to open a book with some paperwork.
With that (and legroom) in mind, I opted to replace the typical beam running the length from leg to leg with angled through mortise tenons.
The breadboard ends not only look nice, but help to keep the top flat throughout seasonal changes in humidity.
This has quite a large top (which can be lengthened if needed) and with a couple benches would make a charming kitchen table.
The chair is kind of simple and "shaker inspired" with the sides based on an outdoor bench that I had seen. The back and horizontal braces have been dovetailed into the sides giving it great sturdiness without lots of hardware. Nothing too fancy, but with an inexpensive seat cushion, it does the trick.
This was made from eastern white pine, which suits the needs of a light duty desk, but for any heavier use, a maple, cherry, or similar wood would be a good choice.
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Dimensions: Approx. 60"L x 30"W x 30"H