|Forum topic by ronbuck||posted 09-29-2014 08:15 AM||1473 views||0 times favorited||32 replies|
09-29-2014 08:15 AM
Hi! I am a young Canadian hobbiest, and this is my first post on LumberJocks. I have a problem that I cannot find a solution to, and it is basically the only thing preventing me from starting my woodworking project.
First of all: I am trying to become a person who lives a more minimal lifestyle, which is why I am very focused on quality and longtivity. The only exceptions to this is my future job – which will un-doubtly involve web architecture. Because of this, I own a touch screen. Having the screen in front of me has given me “gorilla arm”, where one gets tired of holding their arm in front of them frequently without being able to rest their hands.
My solution is simple – and I call it the FlynnDesk. It is named after the desk seen in the movie “Tron: Legacy”, where Sam Flynn is interacting with a touchscreen embedded inside of a computer desk. The idea is that the monitor will be hidden beneath the surface of the desk, covered by a flush wooden faceplate. When I press the two latch release buttons simulatiously (located past the left and right edges of the faceplate), the monitor will raise and become flush with the surface of the desk. When done; I place the faceplate back onto the screen area, and press the two latch release buttons – the screen will move down and lock into place, consealed and protected from the elements. Having the monitor flush with the desk enables me to have maximum comfort, and is personally the way I think touchscreen technology should be anyways.
I have the plans and designs final drafted (with measurements) for the desk. But the problem is that I am obsessed about quality, and desire to use solid ash wood (found locally), cut it into planks to make the desktop. The wood needs to be sturdy enough to hold electronic equipment, and flush enough that my ego won’t be burned when my desk becomes uneven and warped.
Also, I am worried that the seasonal humidity changes will affect the performance and stability of the desk. I am also afraid that under the right conditions, the contraction or expansion of the wood could damage the mechanism, or the screen itself.
To clarify, the desk will be built of horizontal Ash planks, and problably glued together lengthwise with biscuit joints. I really need help furguring this out, and I am really open to new ideas. Please note though that Ash is my perferend material, and that Ash Plywood is very hard to get in my local area (and expensive – because it would need to be custom shipped).
How should I design this desk that it can be solid wood, and not crack or gap terribly when put into planks? If I absolutely have to use plywood, I can, but if that were the case I’d be better of buying some cheap desk, and cutting a whole in the middle. Solid wood makes it feel so much more real to me, and I am sure that with the proper treatment and environment, it can be made to last my whole life.
Please help me! Thanks!