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#1 posted 10-29-2012 06:50 PM

On the upside, a drill is a multi-use tool
I was going to suggest dowels after you first mentioned biscuits, just because a drill is cheaper, and has more uses than a biscuit joiner.

I would suggest dowels over biscuits, if you’re unsure of whether or not you’d continue woodworking, or if you’re going to be using biscuits in the future or not. I’ve got a biscuit joiner, and I haven’t used it a whole lot. I use biscuits for reinforcement when I’m edge gluing boards to make a table top or panel, and that’s about it.

With out a specific design in mind, a materials list would be difficult to do, but if you want the area between piano and desktop to be 5”, a standard construction 2×6 is 5.5” wide, and 1.5” thick. It would be enough to support the weight of the top, as long as you don’t have enough weight on the top to cause the plywood to sag (I would assume you’d want to use 3/4” for that) With the extra 1/2” you could probably make a shelf with drawer slides between the 2×6 sides if you went that route.

Again, depending on size and weight needs, dowels for shelves should be enough. Otherwise, you could mark and drill small holes for shelf pins/supports as well.

Any chance that the University has any shops that you might be able to use/solicit help from? I know the University I went to had a wood shop. I can’t speak to whether or not it would be realistic to have the cuts done at the point of purchase or not, as that’s not a service I’ve ever used before. I wouldn’t think they’d be too keen on making too many measurements/cuts, though, but again I don’t know.

Something else you could do, if you’re looking to save on effort/complexity of project, could be to buy two filing cabinets, or separate set of drawers if you can find the right height, and then just build a top that spans the two

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