Buidling a desk...please need some advice - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Adrian
Posts: 12
 
Default Buidling a desk...please need some advice

Hi there friends.

My wife wants a desk where she and my 9 yr old son can sit together and do homework while facing each other. She found a nice example of what she wants on pottery barn's website.


I need some help here on choice of woods. I can't decide on what to use....either Birch or Oak. It's going to be rather simple with some minor routering. She wants the desk top to be rather thick about 2" and 55"x 42". Any ideas and or thoughts?? I was thinking of maybe a solid wood door or simply sandwiching some 3/4" ply on top of each other to achieve the tickness.

Thanks in advance.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	desk.jpg
Views:	69
Size:	92.8 KB
ID:	49596  

Cruzomatic is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 12:28 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Bob
Posts: 130
 
Default

My vote would be torsion box. You can get baltic birch in 5'x5' sheets so 1 sheet would skin the whole top. 1/2" or 3/4" thick, you pick... then use whatever flat and straight hardwood core material you can find, then band the outside edges with whatever hardwood you want. You could duplicate the bookshelf boxes for the uprights or even use torsion box uprights.
anotherBob is offline  
post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 02:07 AM
Registered User
 
wbh1963's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Bill
Posts: 766
 
Default

You can get plywood in 5/4 thicknesses. It might even be available thicker than that, not sure on that.

One layer of 5/4 and one of 3/4 is 8/4 total! It just so happens your wife is asking for exactly that thickness.... It just seems to me that one layer of 'glue' is just about half the work that two layers of glue would be..

wbh1963 is flowing with the grain in Arlington, Washington, USA

A day without curls is like a day without sunshine!
wbh1963 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 07:12 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Keith
Posts: 111
 
Default

They way I would do the top is use a good 3/4 plywood for the sub top and glue up oak boards for the main surface.The question I have is why 2" ?
Woodshaper67 is offline  
post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Adrian
Posts: 12
 
Default

Well, she's not exactly set on 2" thinkness for the desk top. She just likes the look of the desk in the pic I included which is 5" thick according to their website.
Cruzomatic is offline  
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 10:34 AM
Retired Moderator
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 11,921
 
Send a message via Skype™ to Mike
Default

Adrian, episodes 1205 and 1206 of The Router Workshop TV show is called the executive desk. The thick top is built with the torsion box construction mentioned by Bob. A picture is worth a thousand words. This is the easy way to build your top and make it strong but light weight.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Desktop.JPG
Views:	63
Size:	58.2 KB
ID:	49607  


Mike
"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"
Mike is offline  
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Adrian
Posts: 12
 
Default

Thanks Mike...I'll give that a look.
Cruzomatic is offline  
post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Adrian
Posts: 12
 
Default

Just another question guys. On a 55"x42" table top what's the grid spacing I should be looking at?
Cruzomatic is offline  
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 03:38 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Jack
Posts: 110
 
Default

That top does not look anywhere near 5" thick. If it did, it would weigh a ton. Unless this desk is going to be very large, I don't see the point into going to all the trouble of making a torsion box (but that's just me).
I've made several desk tops/work counters that looked thick, but were only 3/4" plywood with a solid wood border the thickness I wanted. On a large top, I used two 3/4" pieces with solid wood border about 2" thick.
barking spider is offline  
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 06:31 PM
Retired Moderator
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 11,921
 
Send a message via Skype™ to Mike
Default

Jack, the top in the photo I posted is 2" thick and uses 1/2" plywood top and bottom. It is light weight but very strong.

Adrian, the spacing is about 6" squares. I am working on getting you more information on this.

Mike
"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"
Mike is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie needs advice enggass General Routing 4 07-06-2010 12:08 AM
Desk and dresser Schechner Show N' Tell 16 11-12-2009 12:58 PM
Office Desk - Let's get ambitious JMalone Show N' Tell 70 10-28-2009 11:25 AM
Router buying advice welcomed. Joeofalltrades General Routing 12 07-07-2008 11:58 PM
RouterForums.com and Oak-Park.com Contest - December 2005 Mark Contests Archive 75 01-03-2006 08:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome