|Forum topic by sgreen||posted 03-30-2015 09:16 PM||803 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
03-30-2015 09:16 PM
So I have come up with this L-shaped desk for the office and need some advice. The shape of the desk is represented in this picture .
The idea for construction is to have a piece of 3/4” maple plywood cutout for the top with the same shape piece of 1/2” MDF glued and screwed to the bottom. The reason for the MDF is a cheap way to add thickness to the top. Then cap the ends with tan coloured 1 1/4” t-moulding like Rockler sells. .
My worry is that the desk will not hold enough weight (I have no idea what a desk should hold but at least a person standing on it). I don’t even know if the plywood alone could carry that weight without bending. I could either a) putting another leg on the long side which come in groups of 4 so I would have three extra at increased cost, or b) ditch the MDF and add 1/2” plywood instead at increased expense. I don’t know if adding the MDF is the best way for the thicker look for the desk because it is weighing down the plywood.
So can the plywood support all that weight without bending or am I asking to much of it? Would two sheets glued and screwed together be any better?
Thanks for your help!