|Forum topic by Tim||posted 08-30-2016 06:13 PM||1402 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
08-30-2016 06:13 PM
Title says it all.
I’m building a home office for my wife and I have the base cabinets in. My plan is to build a clean and simple desk top to span the 80” between the base cabinets. I’ve attached photos to show you the basic concept.
I used 2×4’s for the side supports on the cabinets and 2×80x3/4” plywood strips for bracing. A photo only shows 2 but I have 4 installed using pocket hole joinery. The top is 3/4 melamine board from Lowes (I hate this crap).
The issue I’m having is that this is not a solid desktop and I believe will fail over time. With no weight on it I can put my 48” level on the top and see at least an 1/8” gap at the center so, it’s already sagging.
I want a solid desk top that will last decades and remain solid. I have no problem scrapping the melamine, all I wanted is the melamine, not the garbage particle board and found the sheets at Lowes. I cheaped out because the board was cheaper then just the sheets.
I’m seeking your guidance and experience here. I have zero problem starting over this portion of the project. The base cabinets have a depth of 22 1/2” and I’m looking for a desk top with a depth of 28-30”. I want a lot of real estate for this desk. Also, I want the top to be attached to the cabinets since I don’t want any legs.
Any thoughts, ideas, plans or input? I don’t really have a budget but I’m not looking to go crazy here.
-- Tim - Austin, TX