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What to use for an ofice desk top

by chickenguru
posted 05-10-2012 11:39 PM


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Bobmedic

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 12:16 AM

Your plan sounds good to me. I would sandwich two pieces of the plywood together for a thicker top.

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 01:54 AM

Sounds good to me too but like Robert I would glue two pieces of the plywood together for a thicker top.

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 02:32 AM

Almost all of my tops are 3/4” ply with a thicker band.

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 11:56 AM

Thanks for the great ideas. I just want to make sure I do a good job in design even if it’s for a wharehouse desk. Thanks again

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 01:12 PM

Well thanks Lucystars that was the perfect feedback I was looking for. I think not!

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 01:42 PM

2×3/4” plywood shhets thick then

I’m putting flooring vinyl on mine

I tend to repair things on my desk

I’m a slob really. :)

Jamie

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 01:47 PM

You’d be surprised how well the right kind of door will work and they’re almost ready to go and sometimes you can find them for next to nothing.

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 02:53 PM

I see no virtue in doubling the plywood, unless it’s to brag about the thickness. If you do that, you’ll need three men and some ancient Egyptian techniques to get it in the door and atop the pedestals.

Oak makes a poor top because of its inherent roughness. Any plywood top will end up vulnerable and difficult to repair.

Plastic laminate is a consideration.

Kindly,

Lee

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#9 posted 05-18-2012 01:12 AM

As far as the thickness goes I’m not thinking it will be weak but want it to look like it was not just slapped together.

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#10 posted 05-18-2012 01:11 PM

I would second the suggestion of plastic laminate, i.e.formica. Nothing against plywood but if you’re using it as a desk, it’s going to see a lot of abuse and laminate is tough and easy to clean. It is also really easy to get flat and smooth. You could sandwich two layers of 3/4 MDF and put laminate over the top.

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#11 posted 05-18-2012 02:01 PM

Re: double the thickness. I’d just double it for several inches around the outside so it looks thick but doesn’t weigh so much.

-- Joe

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chickenguru

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#12 posted 05-18-2012 06:24 PM

Thanks for the ideas all. If I did plywood I would have to put a few coats of poly or something similar on it to make easy cleaning. I think i’m going to use sandwich 2 1/2” pieces and put formica on top.

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Bobmedic

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 08:56 PM

@Lee Barker, The virtue of two pieces of plywood or MDF sandwiched together is it not bowing under stress over a greater distance. And the dimensions the OP was talking about is just slightly heavier than a full sheet of plywood. It really has nothing to do with bragging about the thickness. You could also use 1-⅛ melamine with a solid wood edge. It has a smooth easy to clean surface and is very stable and flat. It is also cheaper than plywood and formica, yet less durable.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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#14 posted 05-29-2012 02:12 AM

How about some of the new hardwoood flooring panels and glue to plywood? Anyone try that idea yet I have been think of trying this idea?

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 02:47 PM

I’ve made a few desktops out of solid core door blanks (no hardware holes) and they were fairly inexpensive, very sturdy, and finished up nicely. Be aware, some “solid” core doors have a core of particleboard (or MDF) and can be awfully heavy.

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#16 posted 08-29-2012 06:06 AM

Lol spammers paradise here!

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#17 posted 08-29-2012 08:54 PM

Hell, yeah!

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#18 posted 11-03-2012 09:53 AM

This desk is made with 1 1/8 plywood and HLP. Very sturdy.

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