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Forum topic by Slider20 posted 12-21-2016 08:34 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Slider20

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12-21-2016 08:34 PM

Just joined, have been a lurker for a while, thanks for all the help. Hope to contribute more in the future.

I am making a desk out of 8/4 Walnut, I am using 3 8’’ wide boards and the desk will be 6 feet wide. The legs will be black Iron pipe with support only on each of the 4 corners.

I was planning on just gluing the boards up and srcew in the table top onto the black iron frame.

Will this be a sufficiently strong desk? Are brackets or anything necessary to strengthen the table top, or will the glue be sufficient?

Some like the desk pictured below

Thanks so much


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#1 posted 12-21-2016 10:43 PM

8/4 walnut will handle that span without additional support.

My only concern would be wood movement and the frame-to top connection.There will be some flex in the frame, which is good, but to be safe, I would drill out the flange holes oversized and use a screw with a washer so the connection can slide sideways a little while still holding the top down tight.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 01:00 AM



8/4 walnut will handle that span without additional support.

My only concern would be wood movement and the frame-to top connection.There will be some flex in the frame, which is good, but to be safe, I would drill out the flange holes oversized and use a screw with a washer so the connection can slide sideways a little while still holding the top down tight.

- jerryminer

Thanks for the suggestion, I will do that. Looking forward to the build, it’s the start of a home office, so a few bookshelves and file cabinet to follow. Although those seem a little more challenging.

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 07:02 AM

I would have to agree with Jerry.

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 08:21 AM

The one in the picture seems to show breadboard ends, same advice as above on those. Only use glue in the center just screws with slots for movement in the ends of them. I’ve seen a couple of examples of people gluing the entire end and the tabletop splitting under stress

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#5 posted 01-27-2017 06:53 PM

Thanks for the help everyone, I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Posted some pictures of the finished project in the projects section

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/295018

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