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Old 03-12-2019, 06:07 PM   #16
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I would need to rip a thin strip of plywood wood. That would make it more rigid. Unfortunately I donít have a table saw where I can rip a continuous 7 feet strip.

Iíll put veneer on the edge. The type you iron on. Trying to get this to work with what I have.

Here is a dry fit or every thing so far.
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Itís actually pretty solid. I can press on the middle without much flex.

But take a look at this little chip. This is right on the front middle section of the desk. What is best way to remedy - remove, sand and life with a indent or take off the chip and wood glue it back on?
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Stick some glue under there with a toothpick; keep it off the top surface, lay a block on top with a piece of wax paper under it, and clamp it overnight.

Keep the glue off the top or it will show after staining or coating.

Careful sanding that because the nice wood veneer is paper-thin.

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I'd be wary of that front edge wearing poorly, particularly where you forearms are resting. Have you finished the top yet? What are you planning to use?

You could also glue a 1x2 furring strip to to front, which would both add some strength where you're going to be resting your arms, and give the top the illusion of some additional thickness. And just to clarify -- you'd glue it on so that the longer, 1.5" side would be vertical. This is frequently done with shelves to add some visual "weight" and strength as well.

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Mark and Alex gave you a good suggestion — glueing a furring
strip or minding to the front.

You said the middle is pretty sturdy that you can press it without much flex...
our dining room table opens up to 10 foot with two leaves...We were always
a little worried about such a large span in the middle so the head guy made
an extra support with a 2x4, it’s just a T with a foot on the bottom,—
it’s nothing fancy, we put it in the middle when we expand the table for a holiday dinner.
It aids in keeping the table rigid. You could make something like that
( perhaps two of them ) and paint it to match your bottom standoffs.

Why can’t you turn the table around so that the chip in the front will be in the back?

Also, about the desk top — for my desk, the head guy around here, made me a
desk blotter (I gave him the measurement of the size I wanted) from a piece of
old paneling and a vinyl...staple the vinyl on the underside. You could make a
nice big blotter. I think the vinyl comes 45” wide.. you could make it as big as you want.
If you’re interested I could give you more details on the blotter.
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:15 PM   #20
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My desk is a hollow core door. Top surface is white faced hardboard 1/8" thick (aka pegboard without the holes) below the door I made a frame of 1x2s and it sits on 2 double drawer file cabinets. Had it a while as you can see by the staining. Top supports dual 27" LEDs and a couple of scanners plus 6 external drives, behind monitors. Makes the working surface the right height for me.
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These edge glued panels are fairly strong and easy to adapt to a desk or table. Economic as well. Big box stores sell them. I actually made a 5' assembly table with 2 saw horses and 2 panels. Still using after 3 yrs. just sayin'
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This is how the desk turned out...
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I had originally planned it for the basement so I could use it but my son had his eyes on it.
I love it that he loves the desk. It is certainly better than what was there before (a 6 foot center fold table).

When I get some time I might make a grommet hole on top and do some other stuff under the desk for cable management. But for now itís more functional than what what was there before.


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A non-solid door can be ordered from HD or Lowes and it will be much easier to manage and definitely strong enough for your needs. A much heavier alternative is to buy a 4x8 sheet of 1-1/8" plywood sheathing that is meant for a subfloor. It has two edges that are tongue and groove and at Home Depot they can cut them off and leave you with a 3 x 8 foot board.



There are wooden posts that thread onto base plates which are screwed to the bottom of the sheet. I would add a 5th one in the rear of the panel at the center to provide additional support.



I would also check the local Craigslist as often this sort of thing is listed as an old desk or table is not something that Goodwill or most such places will accept.
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