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12-15-2016 11:32 PM

Hi all,
Working on building myself a new computer desk and decided I am going to challenge my meager building skills a bit. The current plan is to make the top 70”x30”, I am going to set 3 18”x18” tiles in it to contrast. My current plan is to go with a Laminate flooring or bamboo flooring for the finished top, set around said tiles, with stair nosing for the edges. My first question is on yalls opinion of using the flooring with the sunken tiles, my second question is how thick of a underlayment does it need?

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#1 posted 12-16-2016 07:48 PM

Anyone??

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#2 posted 12-16-2016 08:53 PM

OK. I’ll jump in.

Using flooring for a desk top will mean that the top is not completely flat. Especially a combination of laminate flooring and tile. You can’t sand the flooring flush, and you can’t flatten the tile either. Neither will be completely flat “out of the box”. You could do it, just be aware.

I think I would use 3/4” material at a minimum for “underlayment” (a flooring term, not a furniture term).

Wood flooring combined with tile would be problematic due to differences in expansion/contraction. Laminate flooring would be less of a problem. IIWM I would use a flexible “grout line” between the different materials.

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#3 posted 12-16-2016 09:36 PM

I was planning on using just a clear silicone in between the laminate and the tile, the tile is to kind of copy from the coffee tables and such with tiles set in them. Also the laminate is primarily for durability. I was also thinking about bamboo flooring

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#4 posted 12-16-2016 10:00 PM

Could work. You will want some structure under the underlayment, like a few stretchers

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#5 posted 12-16-2016 10:07 PM

For sure will be putting extra stretchers, I am one of those people that over builds things… my problem is moving stuff I’ve built lol

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#6 posted 12-17-2016 12:25 AM

Bad idea Josh,,,,,,Lots of work to get all that stuff in sync for a purpose its not designed for.

If its for personal use….go for it

If its for someone else….be prepared to lose a friend or alienate someone or l…...

If you are one of those,,as you say overbuilds….over build it the right way

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#7 posted 12-17-2016 12:57 AM

It’s definitely for personal use
Http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/blog/laminate-flooring-table-top-desk/
Was one of the examples I had for inspiration to use the flooring

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