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Forum topic by ThCinnamonBoy posted 11-27-2016 11:33 PM 1328 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2016 11:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood noob unskilled wood type desk question

Hello, I am pretty new to woodworking. I have basic tools and saws that I can access. I have always wanted to put a corner desk inside my room to house my computer. I was wondering if someone could give me they’re preferred type of wood to use. Im looking for something sturdy but not too expensive.


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#1 posted 11-28-2016 12:03 AM

How about starting out with some hardwood veneered plywood with edge banding.

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#2 posted 11-28-2016 12:10 AM

Soft maple, red oak, white ash are cheap depending what you like.

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#3 posted 11-28-2016 02:00 AM

I second plywood probably 1to 2 sheets would do, you can break most of it down to rough sizes with a circular saw, and bring it to a table saw I believe you were referring to cut it length, just remember to measure the circular saw edge to the blade plus the blade thickness that way you don’t cut any thing short. Good luck

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#4 posted 11-28-2016 03:29 AM

Agreed with the above…with all the surface area, plywood is a good bet unless you have access to a jointer and planer and are willing to glue up panels out of solid wood. That would also be quite expensive.

If you go to Menards or a good lumber yard, you can find oplytwood that has oak, maple or even cherry veneer. You can also find iron on edge banding of the same speciesl Or if you wanted you could try a contrasting species. If they don’t have it at the yard where you get the lumber, you can surely find a place to buy it online. That way when you are done all the edges look like wood.


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#5 posted 11-28-2016 05:04 AM

I have access to a planer. I was also wondering if different types are harder to stain?

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 01:52 PM

Welcome to LJ Foster. Not too expensive is a pretty subjective term, many people are very surprised at the cost of lumber when the compare the cost IKEA buying lumber. I’ve got several IKEA book cases in the basement just because they were cheaper than I could buy the lumber to build & I wasn’t looking for an heirloom piece. As said above plywood is the most stable quickest way to build tables desks etc & you can dress it up with solid wood face frames and edge banding.

Woodfinder a good site to search for suppliers of lumber that you can get better product at better prices, as well as good veneer plywood. CAG lumber in Gainsville and The Wood Yard in Concord look like nice places to spend some cash.

If your access to a planer also includes a jointer than you’re all set to buy rough lumber and get rolling, if not a good handplane can do the jointing and then you can run through the planer.

As for staining, it’s an art that takes some practice and reserve some stock to play with once you decide on your method. I highly recommend anything Charles Neil has to say on the subject, he’s an LJ and also on Youtube. Personally for most work I like to keep it simple using oil finishes that I can cover with WB poly.

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