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Forum topic by Scootles posted 05-13-2014 07:21 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2014 07:21 PM

So, I bought a desk from Bush Furniture. It was 250$, and I love it however when it came in the mail, it had a small ding on the top and I thought I couldn’t live with it that way. Needless to say after calling Bush, they sent a replacement top at no charge. 72”x30”x1”. I currently have it listed on craigslist, but I doubt anyone will buy it since it isn’t a complete desk. It could easily have Ikea legs attached to it but I’m certain most people aren’t that bright.

What I’m asking is doyou guys have any ideas as to what I could use it for? It has 2 holes precut for grommets.

I was thinking of making a backsplash for behind my desk that I would mount the monitor to. I could use it to hide wires. ya know… However, its HEAVY particle board. I’d estimate 90-100lbs. How on earth would i hang it? I was thinking a french cleat, but then I though… This top isn’t crap. Its made to be stain/scratch resistant and gluing a cleat with nails will more than likely NOT hold. I believe glue would not stick to this at all…

So, do you guys have any ideas on what I could do with it?

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 07:39 PM

Good luck with that. I’ve sold simple solid maple tables of that size for less.

A french cleat will hold more weight than you think could and doesn’t need nails.

The cleat on the back of the table doesn’t need to be nailed. Use the correct screws, pre-drill and put a buffer on the bottom to make it flush.

That will give you 3/4” behind the piece for a chase.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 07:42 PM

What would be the correct screws?

Also, I’m not selling it for that. I paid 250$ for the full desk. It was far cheaper than making my own considering I’d need to buy some missing tools. I’m selling it for 50$.

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 08:50 PM

First of all, you should try to realize what you have. It is a piece of MDF, with laminate applied and perhaps paint of some kind. By itself, virtually worthless. I understand that you just paid two Bens and a Hamilton for it. It was the design, labor, marketing, and shipping that you purchased. The materials were also part, but trying to recoup any money seems like a long shot to me. Trying to recycle it seems like a good plan.

These types of things make nice jigs and sleds for the workshop. There are a dozen ways you could mount it to a wall. Then, you have a piece of MDF, mounted on a wall. I’m not seeing much value there, but if it serves a need for you, or dresses up your computer area, have at it!

Just get some nice looking screws, pre-drill either directly into wall studs, or use properly rated toggles/cleats/plugs in the drywall.

Dallas gave you very sound advice in suggesting a French cleat. Use screws that go through the cleat from the back, and just shy of penetrating the surface. This way you could run wiring behind your newly installed backsplash, and it would be the bees knees. I’d use whatever screws I had on hand that fit the bill. Perhaps 1.5” drywall screws. Pilot holes, and plenty of them.

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 09:01 PM

I will reiterate for the 3rd time. I did not pay for it. It was free. And I suggested the french cleat idea in my original post. However, glue will not stick to this surface. It is NOT MDF. It is a particleboard with a plastic surface laminated onto it. It So cutting it into sleds would NOT be a great idea. It is 1” thick. It would be a very bulky and borderline useless sled.

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 09:44 PM

It doesn’t matter if it is mdf or particle board. Both are a composite of pressed wood, glue and polymers. Ususally.

It doesn’t matter if you paid for it or not. In fact you said you did, whether it was damaged or not or whether you got a free replacement or not. Either you paid $250 for it and you got the replacement free, or you paid $125 for each of two, one of which wasn’t up to your specs.

Having a surface laminated on it isn’t holding you back, find out what it is made of and use the appropriate adhesive. If you want to test different glues instead, try cutting off a small chunk and try testing different glues.

Make sure you use clean surfaces and sand to rough up the surfaces.

I have used the same cement the weld Formica together with, (Smells like lacquer thinner), that the big boys use. once it cures, it’ll never let go.

The screw you want to use are probably the Keg flat head screws, although I buy the ones on eBay thousands at a time. I don’t like giving Kreg tool any money I don’t have to.

You keep looking for problems that aren’t there. Lighten up. It ain’t that tough.

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#6 posted 05-13-2014 11:18 PM

Use a 4” wide hardwood cleat and double up the screws every 12 to 16”. Forget the glue, problem solved.

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