Desk Calendar & Pencil Holder

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makingmanzanita added on 11/4/2020

Go into the new year with a fresh workspace with this desk calendar hold to hang a 5x7 calendar combined with a pencil holder. This build incorporates pocket hole joinery, so it is very easy to make and perfect for beginners. This desk organizer & calendar holder would make a lovely Christmas gift!


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cut wood.

Cut wood down to size according to the woodworking plans (available in the Extras tab below). You'll need to make a couple angled cuts. For those you can use a double bevel compound miter saw.


Drill pocket holes.

Drill 4 pocket holes on the bottom panel (as shown in woodworking plans) using your Kreg pocket hole jig. You'll drill 2 going towards the front and 1 on each side going towards the sides.



Start with attaching the sides to the back panel with wood glue, 1 1/4" brad nails and a nail gun. Next attach the bottom panel by screwing in at the pocket hole locations once in place. Lastly attach the front panel with wood glue and clamp until dry.



Sand everything thoroughly with an orbital sander. Start with 80 grit sandpaper and then move onto 150 grit sandpaper to smooth.


Fill nail holes.

Fill nails holes and any gaps at the joints with wood filler or wood putty. Let dry and sand smooth with 150 grit sandpaper.


Stain and seal.

Wipe everything well and then apply a generous layer of stain. We used Natural wood stain. Once dry, seal with polyurethane.


Attach clip.

To finish things up, put in a small finish nail on the front to hang a binder clip to the front to hang your calendar.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x8, 24", Board  


(4) 1 1/4" brad nails  
(4) 1 1/4" pocket hole screws  
(1) Wood Glue  
(1) Wood Filler  
(1) Wood Stain  
(1) Polyurethane  
(1) Sandpaper (80 and 150 grit)  
(1) Binder Clip  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Side Panels, 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 5 5/8" (on short edge) and 6" (on long edge)  
(1) Bottom Panel, 3/4" x 5 1/4" x 5 1/2"  
(1) Front Panel, 3/4" x 7" x 9 1/16" with 5 degree angeled cut on bottom  
(1) Back Panel, 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"  


Desk Calendar and Pencil Holder Woodworking Plans - Making Manzanita.pdf Download Visit


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