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07-27-2012 04:45 AM

I attached a picture of a buit in desk that I am about to make. I had thought about doing a laminate countertop, but after thinking about it I think I’d like to do a Maple top, with white painted cabinets and drawers. Being this is a buit in and not a “furniture” item I’d rather not use solid wood.

The desk surface is 15’ long by 28” deep. Do you think two pieces of 3/4” Maple Ply with a strip in the middle and on the sides perpendicular to the long grain of the plywood.

Something like this:

Do you think using plywood as the strips to break up the seams would be wise or should I use a solid peice of wood the same thickness of the plywood?

Should I do this with a thinner ply say 1/2” and attach it to a substrate like MDF?

Veneer sheets are pricy where I am at, and I have a few sheets of 1/2” Maple left over from another project thus my thought using left overs.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 08:43 PM

I like your desk top layout. I would use the 1/2” maple; cut MDF sheet for a backer, but in 3 pieces 5’ long each. This will give the finished top structural strength. I would use a contrasting solid wood for an edgeband along the front, rear, ends and at the middle.

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 09:15 PM

One method I have used in the past is to create different levels in the countertops. This adds visual interest to the project and makes handling the tops a little more managable. Example: 1st and third tops are 29” tall (cabinet height) and your middle top is at 31”. I also use a cleat on the back of the wall where there is no cabinet support.

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 09:21 PM

Tobes has an interesting idea. Since it looks like two stations, why not have the center section at a different level?

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 09:32 PM

Interesting thought. The idea of multi level would make life much easier on the desk top. The thought behind one solid desk is that its a craft desk. My wife scrapbooks and sews, so a large work surface for her was the idea. I actually plan on in the future taking a small roll top desk and cutting the legs off and placing the surface on the counter to be a lock away fly tying area for my other hobby.

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 09:46 PM

The more I think of it, the more I am liking that option… I’ll talk to the wife today.

Kinda like this. Definitely more manageable as far as finish and moving/installing. I could pre finish the tops in the shop and take them up stairs individually.

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 09:53 PM

Stairs? Did you say stairs? You definitely want to break that thing down into manageable pieces if you’re going to hump it up stairs. BTDT!! – lol

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 10:45 PM

Some thing I have used is to cover the top in naugahyde, and use some kind of edge noseing

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