PICTURE THIS … so, just moved the very heavy lane sections down to the basement where i will be attempting my wood working. i figured i would post some photos and drawings so that everyone can see what i’m working with. just looking at these pieces renews my enthusiasm, and surprisingly, squashes my anxiety.
(one of the lane sections)
(detail of the pin settings)
(underside of one lane sections. i think the cross braces were added prior to removal and transport of the lane sections)
(underside of the other section)
(underside of the other section. the cross braces don’t seem to serve any real purpose to the overall structural integrity of the lane)
(i hope this is an indication that the boards will come apart very easily)
(some missing inlays …)
(a repair of some sort?)
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(drawing of one of the lane sections)
there are 39 slats, roughly 1” wide, 47.75” long, and 2.375 thick. the section is 42.75” long. the pin setting inlays are 2.25” in diameter, and are spaced roughly 13.5” apart. the back most set of the inlays are about 1.75” from the back edge.
(drawing of the proposed desk)
so, this is what i’m thinking for the finished desk. roughly 59” long by 34” deep. i drew in a .5” piece of finish molding around the outside edge. i’m not sure if i like that though—something tells me to just leave the cut edge exposed. QUESTION: is it insane to think about ripping the boards down in half or two-thirds thickness? at 2.375” thick, this table will be VERY heavy. so, ideally, i’d like it to be 1.5” thick, or even 1.25”. that would give me more wood to work with, and lighten the load of the desk top. I’d really appreciate comments here …
as for support (under) structure and legs … haven’t gotten there yet. i’m thinking 3” square post legs, distressed black finish.