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chumager13

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03-16-2013 11:18 AM

Hi forum!!
i’m creating a slim desk with a long sliding drawer.
It will have 4 height adjustable legs (chrome platted steel)
the table top is 65×19 inches
the sliding drawer must be 55 inches long because it will store a digital piano (or music keyboard).

I have attached a picture here if it helps you understand.
Im trying to figure out the best type of wood for the Table (desk) top. This is becau

se the sliding drawer with the digital piano will become heavy around 70 lbs.

I will be attaching 2 drawer sides (3/4 “) via L brackets to the table top. The drawer sides will hold the sliding drawer via drawer slides capable to hold up to 100 lbs.

Any suggestions will be appreciated!
thanks
Oscar


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bbasiaga

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 12:57 PM

I think you could get away with a lot of the heavier woods. Oak,cherry maple, poplar.,,,but I think whatever you choose you’ll have to make that drawer bottom as thick as possible, Also consider adding some stiffening rails to the bottom to help it from sagging

-Brian

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 01:08 PM

Since the drawer will be supported near the ends of the top, the stresses will be carried by the legs, so the top can be light. It doesn’t have to be any more than 3/4” thick, in any wood or ply

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 02:37 PM

I would agree with Clint any kind of wood will work. Two issues to me would be leg wobble and gravities effect on the top. A stiffening rail under the top at the back would certainly help with the top. Perhaps rails at the ends to help stabilize the legs.

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chumager13

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 08:59 PM

Thanks Brain, Clint, Lynn for your quick response!!

@ Clint:
I was thinking on using actually hardwood (1 3/4”) as the top of the table, why? well since i’ll be attaching two drawer sides (3/4” each) to the Top via L brackets, i figured the L brackets are actually the ones that will hold ultimately the weight of the sliding drawer, hence I think using bigger screws like 1 1/4” to attach the side to the top. Do I make sense here?

that said, do you consider unnecessary that I use 1 3/4” thick hardwood for the Top? I say this because I think 3/4 plywood is cheaper, but wasnt’ sure if that would hold the sides via the L brackets.

Please let me know what you think!!

@ Brain, Clint, Lynn:
The legs are 5” in diameter steel (chrome platted), They seem thick to me so despite this do you still believe it would become wobbly and i will need the rails?

thanks again
Oscar

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 01:51 AM

Oscar, I like the idea of a solid wood top, and if I were making it I’d opt for 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch thick. I would also include some kind of stretcher connecting the legs to prevent any lateral wobble.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 06:51 AM

In my opinion, the best species of wood would be the one fitting well into the decor of the room.

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#7 posted 03-21-2013 04:00 PM

I think I would go for the solid thicker top.
If going with ply you could use 2 layers and edge the ply. As for the wobble, it does sound like those legs should be fine if well anchored to the top. May want to experiment on scrap first.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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