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08-03-2016 04:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: desk legs top mounting feel

So what I think I’m going to do is buy a butcher block maple top that is 120×30” and 1-3/4” thick. I’m also going to buy a set of 4 Hafele table E-Legs (28” height) to attach to each corner of the top. I just have three questions.

1. It says the butcher block top is 174 lbs and the legs I’m getting can hold 220 lbs per leg. I would think that the legs would hold it, but being that the top is so wide, if I didn’t put anything to hold it up in the middle, would the top start to bow or would the top even be stable with just the four legs?

2. It say that the butcher block top has a wear-resistant Varnique finish. What could be compared to how that feels? I’m wanting the desk to feel like a smooth qaurtz top kind of feel that looks semi glossy, but the glossy look isn’t as important as the feel is. Is this wear-resistant Varnique finish going to feel like that and if not, what would I have to do to change it to my desired feel?

3. I am wanting to mount things to the bottom of this via screws. Would this butcher block top allow for that? Is there a certain way I would have to mount things when I start screwing? Is it going to crack the wood when I mount things if not done properly?

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question and the links to top and legs are below.


The butcher block top:

The Legs:

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#1 posted 08-03-2016 05:59 AM

I’d be concerned about the ability of those legs and the way they attach to withstand any lateral pressure (someone leaning or pushing against the end of the desk). Vertical load is one thing but lateral stability is another. That’s a lot of desk to depend on four short 10 mm studs threaded into stamped steel mounting plates to hold everything upright and plumb.

I’d be surprised if a 10 foot span of even maple butcher block didn’t sag a little over time.

Pilot holes and wood screws would work fine

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#2 posted 08-03-2016 01:14 PM

First off, neither of your links is working (just an FYI)

Since I cant see the items, the only question I’d start out with… Is this butcher block top a glued-up solid piece? Or is it a pressboard underlay, and only skinned in something that looks like butcherblock?

I’m always wary of ads that promote REAL wood furniture, only to find it’s pressboard, skinned to LOOK like oak.

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#3 posted 08-03-2016 01:31 PM

The mounting plate looks like it will hold the legs pretty good but I think you will still get some wobble with the top being so long.
As far as the sag goes, maybe get a 5th leg to put in the middle (towards the back, just so your legs don’t hit it).
Always pre drill your holes.

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#4 posted 08-03-2016 02:49 PM

I’m thinking that it’s going to have some bounce in the middle

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#5 posted 08-03-2016 03:14 PM

You are going to make a 10 foot long desk? I would cut it in half and make two. Four legs would not be enough for a 10” span, it is designed to sit on a counter cabinets.

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#6 posted 08-03-2016 03:21 PM

or maybe put another set of legs in center of it …....... then it would be fine


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