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Jordan983

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05-06-2016 01:16 PM

Hi everyone!

This is my first time visiting this forum. I’ve always thought wood working was extremely interesting. My only experience with wood working was building my own saw horses. That was a cool experience and I now have cheap saw horses!

Anyway, I have really bad ADHD. I take medication for it and that helps, but my room is sacred. I live with four other guys from my undergraduate so things get pretty chaotic in the house. I’ve been reading a lot on minimalism and I think it really appeals to me because of it being so uncluttered. I’ve done lots of research and haven’t been able to find a desk for my work station that I would find suitable.

So, I decided I should build my own desk.

I’m probably going to be using these legs (unless I can find cheaper somewhere else)
The legs will likely be 28 inches high and 28 inches wide.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167595998/flat-metal-table-legs-free-shipping?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=metal%20table%20legs&ref=sc_gallery_1&plkey=a2dd27f0080b8c853fe360f98a761468d42c6f2e:167595998

I’m currently looking for a butcher block to go on top of them. My ideal butcher block would be 72” long by 30” wide with a 1 1/2” thickness.

What kind of wood should I be looking for with this butcher block? I want something that’s sturdy and will last a long time. I also plan on doing the same thing with two night stands. So the two night stands will look just like the desk, but a lot smaller. I’ll think about this once I finish the desk because I would like everything to match. Eventually I would like to build all of my bedroom furniture myself to match the desk and the night stands. I have all the tools necessary through my grandfather. With his experience and my drive I cant imagine we couldn’t accomplish it.

So, with that in mind, what kind of wood should I be looking to use? For the desk I would prefer it to be one solid piece (butcher block). The night stands will be similar. I might try and find the same piece of wood but cut it down to size for the tops.

What do you guys think? I know this is a pretty sporadic post. My desk is full of work that needs to be complete but I needed to post something asking for help while this was fresh in my mind.


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 05-06-2016 01:40 PM

Rather than get them online, go to your nearest local welding shop and get the same exact thing made for less. Besides supporting the local economy, if things are not right, then you wouldn’t have to repackage and send back.

Your desk top choice will work, and if done properly, will last a lifetime. Since it’s your money I’m spending, go with Mesquite. It’s one of the most stable woods around. Teak would be the next choice, and then Walnut. Heck, go with all three, and you’ll have a nice looking desk top…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 05-06-2016 01:45 PM

Well I think it sounds like your have a plan and it’s fairly good.One source for laminated counter tops is Ikea.
Most lumber yards can order from different places.As far as wood choice it’s completely up to you.Many here including me like maple for work surface like benches.Its just a little easyer on the eyes.
I can relate to the minimalist life style I’m the same way.And I do have character defects.One thing to think about keep your project simple.Dont get to big too fast.Your skills will grow don’t get discouraged.
Good luck and welcome to the forum.

Aj

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Jordan983

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#3 posted 05-06-2016 01:50 PM

Thank you. I will definitely take both of your advice into consideration. I’m going to start small and work on small projects until I’ve built up a good knowledge base. I’m not made for sitting at a desk but that’s currently what I do for employment. I think this hobby will help alleviate some of that stress that comes with being stationary.

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#4 posted 05-06-2016 02:24 PM

I think that you will find woodworking is an excellent hobby for your ADHD.

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#5 posted 05-06-2016 02:27 PM

Woodcraft also sells bench tops. I have different suggestion for table legs, 2-two drawer file cabinets. We did that years ago using an old door. It wasn’t very pretty but it did work for us till our situation improve.

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#6 posted 05-06-2016 02:30 PM

Jordan,

I don’t know where you live or what your background is, but it sounds like you’re young-ish, and living with other guys who might know some other guys. I guess what I’m getting at is, do you know someone who welds, or would you like to learn to weld? Those legs right there would be completely achievable by a beginner (with some mentoring, and after some practice) with a simple, cheap arc welder. If you knew someone, the only expense would be some steel and maybe a 6-pack (after you weld, of course). If you had to, and had 220 available, you could pick up a used buzz box off CL for $100, and a mask, gloves, slag hammer, and rods for maybe $50 at HF. I made a cord to hook mine up to our 220 dryer receptacle, but I only use it maybe once or twice a year.

Or, if that’s not an option, as Jerry said, buy local.

As for the top, unless you have time, money, and tools (jointer, planer, hand planes, table saw, and lots of clamps) at your expense, I’d order one from Ikea or Grizzly or somewhere like that.

This might be a stupid idea, but what about buying the woodworking bench from Harbor Freight, and using the top from that? Do you have a separate space for your woodworking, or is your room where it all happens? I’m just picturing my living situation in college, and there was no garage, shop, etc. It’s a bit smaller than you’re looking for, but for $120 (after the coupon) you’d have a desktop that, in a pinch, could double as a bench, with a vise.

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#7 posted 05-06-2016 02:35 PM

If you want to save some money you could buy a solid core door, put trim around it, rout the profile of your choice on the edge. You could do the same for the legs, maybe cut a square out of the middle and trim it out the same.

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#8 posted 05-06-2016 04:24 PM

Do you have a design in mind? By that I mean the joinery.
How will you attach the legs?

For strength and durability, you’re going to want to have a skirt to attach the legs to, and basically the top will just set on top of the assembly with a screw/bolt on each end of the top on the centerline, so that the solid top can expand and contract width-wise without tearing itself apart…

Make sense?

Here’s a bunch of tables you can get ideas from:
https://www.woodgears.ca/table/index.html

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#9 posted 05-06-2016 04:28 PM

Oh. Sorry. Didn’t notice you were looking at steel legs….

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#10 posted 05-07-2016 03:26 AM

I would go with locally made steel legs, if that is what you want.
Get the painted with power coat paint and will last forever.

On the other hand tubular aluminum doesn’t look bad either especially when it has been sanded to look like aircraft parts.

Tops can also be bought at Costco and Harbor Freight. Or, if there are bowling alleys in your town try to see if they have replacement sections as I did that back in 1964. I sold it when I left for school … those things are heavy!!!

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#11 posted 05-07-2016 07:12 AM

Check out Grizzly’s catalog. They have laminated maple butcher block bench tops and counter tops, and the prices aren’t bad.

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Jordan983

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#12 posted 05-07-2016 07:04 PM



Do you have a design in mind? By that I mean the joinery.
How will you attach the legs?

For strength and durability, you re going to want to have a skirt to attach the legs to, and basically the top will just set on top of the assembly with a screw/bolt on each end of the top on the centerline, so that the solid top can expand and contract width-wise without tearing itself apart…

Make sense?

Here s a bunch of tables you can get ideas from:
https://www.woodgears.ca/table/index.html

- Underdog


Do you have a design in mind? By that I mean the joinery.
How will you attach the legs?

For strength and durability, you re going to want to have a skirt to attach the legs to, and basically the top will just set on top of the assembly with a screw/bolt on each end of the top on the centerline, so that the solid top can expand and contract width-wise without tearing itself apart…

Make sense?

Here s a bunch of tables you can get ideas from:
https://www.woodgears.ca/table/index.html

- Underdog

Could you elaborate a little more on the skirt? I never thought that would be necessary. I’ll look into this definitely.

To everyone else, I’m taking your thoughts into consideration. IKEA is definitely out. I’m not a fan and find most of the stuff I buy from them to be rather cheap. I would rather spend the money knowing it’s something I will enjoy rather than use something Ikea sells.

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