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I want to build a desk for my self at my work. It will be U shape approx 5ft x 7.5 ft. My old desk was 5/8” legs,drawers ect and 1” top all partical board. Other desks I see are all 1”. I dont want to spend too much money on this but want it to look good too. I was going to use 3/4 oak ply or maple with solid wood banding where its needed. Any input would be great.


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Bobmedic

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#1 posted 791 days ago

Your plan sounds good to me. I would sandwich two pieces of the plywood together for a thicker top.

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#2 posted 791 days ago

Sounds good to me too but like Robert I would glue two pieces of the plywood together for a thicker top.

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#3 posted 791 days ago

Almost all of my tops are 3/4” ply with a thicker band.

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chickenguru

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#4 posted 790 days ago

Thanks for the great ideas. I just want to make sure I do a good job in design even if it’s for a wharehouse desk. Thanks again

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#5 posted 784 days ago

Well thanks Lucystars that was the perfect feedback I was looking for. I think not!

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#6 posted 784 days ago

2×3/4” plywood shhets thick then

I’m putting flooring vinyl on mine

I tend to repair things on my desk

I’m a slob really. :)

Jamie

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#7 posted 784 days ago

You’d be surprised how well the right kind of door will work and they’re almost ready to go and sometimes you can find them for next to nothing.

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 784 days ago

I see no virtue in doubling the plywood, unless it’s to brag about the thickness. If you do that, you’ll need three men and some ancient Egyptian techniques to get it in the door and atop the pedestals.

Oak makes a poor top because of its inherent roughness. Any plywood top will end up vulnerable and difficult to repair.

Plastic laminate is a consideration.

Kindly,

Lee

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#9 posted 784 days ago

As far as the thickness goes I’m not thinking it will be weak but want it to look like it was not just slapped together.

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#10 posted 783 days ago

I would second the suggestion of plastic laminate, i.e.formica. Nothing against plywood but if you’re using it as a desk, it’s going to see a lot of abuse and laminate is tough and easy to clean. It is also really easy to get flat and smooth. You could sandwich two layers of 3/4 MDF and put laminate over the top.

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#11 posted 783 days ago

Re: double the thickness. I’d just double it for several inches around the outside so it looks thick but doesn’t weigh so much.

-- Joe

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chickenguru

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#12 posted 783 days ago

Thanks for the ideas all. If I did plywood I would have to put a few coats of poly or something similar on it to make easy cleaning. I think i’m going to use sandwich 2 1/2” pieces and put formica on top.

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#13 posted 773 days ago

@Lee Barker, The virtue of two pieces of plywood or MDF sandwiched together is it not bowing under stress over a greater distance. And the dimensions the OP was talking about is just slightly heavier than a full sheet of plywood. It really has nothing to do with bragging about the thickness. You could also use 1-⅛ melamine with a solid wood edge. It has a smooth easy to clean surface and is very stable and flat. It is also cheaper than plywood and formica, yet less durable.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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#14 posted 773 days ago

How about some of the new hardwoood flooring panels and glue to plywood? Anyone try that idea yet I have been think of trying this idea?

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Fred Hargis

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#15 posted 722 days ago

I’ve made a few desktops out of solid core door blanks (no hardware holes) and they were fairly inexpensive, very sturdy, and finished up nicely. Be aware, some “solid” core doors have a core of particleboard (or MDF) and can be awfully heavy.

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