Help with wood choice (and technique advice) for a standing desk top

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11-21-2017 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood desk standing jointer planer lamination

Hi all – I’m a relatively new to woodworking, and have done a few beginner to intermediate projects (laminated reclaimed wood coffee table, a lamp, a cutting board, picture frame, and so on). I’ve been wanting to make a nice desk top for a standing desk frame – like one from Jarvis or Uplift. So basically it’ll be a laminated table / desk top that I’ll mount onto a metal frame.

I’ve been thinking about different hardwoods and see virtue in walnut, cherry, or spalted maple (or ash???)... but not being that experienced in working with fanciers woods – I’m just not sure what’ll be the best one to pick this project… I basically just want the end result to look nice – and I’d hope that whatever wood I pick is forgiving enough based on my skill level.

I do have access to a very well equipped community woodshop and have some experience with jointing, planing, and laminating.

Do ya’ll have any advice on which wood would be an ideal choice for this sort of intermediate project – keeping in mind ease of working and final appearance? Do you have any other tips on how to make such a project a success?

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#1 posted 11-22-2017 01:11 AM

Why laminated and not solid wood? What are the dimensions?


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#2 posted 11-22-2017 01:25 AM

Sometimes I’ve seen people use the word lamination
to refer to edge gluing.

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#3 posted 11-22-2017 04:53 AM

Lamination/Laminated/Laminate, can be used in several ways in woodworking. It basically gluing pieces together.

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#4 posted 11-22-2017 05:06 AM

Glued up Maple top….

“Rachel’s Standing Desk”

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