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Correct I don't want any shelves or drawers I hate them and yes I was looking to make one solid top piece I just havent figured out how to do the legs in a way that I can just deattach them without unscrewing them out of the top solid piece of wood...

I'm not a carpenter or anything but that dawning confused me whats up with all the pieces of wood going across the bottom of the top piece? Is it necessary for extra support

With a top that big 4ft X 8ft you need all the support you can get, otherwise it will sag and collapse over time under its own weight. That will happen even if you don't put anything on it.
There are other ways to support the weight than what is shown in the picture though.
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With a top that big 4ft X 8ft you need all the support you can get, otherwise it will sag and collapse over time under its own weight. That will happen even if you don't put anything on it.
There are other ways to support the weight than what is shown in the picture though.

Im looking at about 5 1/2 feet by 3 feet so it wont be as drastic as 4ft X 8ft and yes i understand his design with all the support underneath but my thinking was if you look at the original post with my walmart ad of the table i posted.
the feet arent to the edges they are about 1 1/2 feet in on each side. So say i put them in a foot on each side leaving me with 3 feet of room for my feet ( which im fine with) would that take out the need for extra support simplifying the design more.

Or another thought keep his design with the feet on the outside and just add another supporting foot all the way across the back which i think will be enough support.

Ill probably choose one of these 2 ideas once i figure out how to make the feet detachable and reactable without screwing things in and out of the table.
This is really a simple design that im over thinking i should have no problem doing this i hope:rolleyes:
post #13 of 25
What kind of tools do you own or have access to. I have built many a piece of furniture and have modified just as many. How much money do you want to put into it. These are important factors. I would love to help you by giving you a cut list and assembly instructions, but it is kind of hard with the info you have displayed so far. What part of the world are you in?
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What kind of tools do you own or have access to. I have built many a piece of furniture and have modified just as many. How much money do you want to put into it. These are important factors. I would love to help you by giving you a cut list and assembly instructions, but it is kind of hard with the info you have displayed so far. What part of the world are you in?

I'm from the USA, Pennsylvania and my best friend has about every tool in his garage table saw, circular saw etc. so that's not a problem and my budget isn't set in stone but I'm thinking like 100 dollars for this simple desk? I don't care about the look of the wood and I plan on sanding the desk until i get a smooth finish and then staining whatever wood I use. I'm just looking to spend enough money that will build me a sturdy desk to the size I want without breaking the bank
post #15 of 25
Yep, ya dont crazy fancy tools.

And USA made plywood is ur best friend. 3/4 Oak 4x8 ply cost about $55 a sheet down here. Dont get ur Lumbar at a big chain store like Lowes, not sure about Home Depot. I use Ace Hardware myself.

I did send you a PM.

Are ya realy wanting a L or corner desk? Personally Id go with a smallest build your going to be happy with, moving already isnt fun, moving into a smaller place, even stinks more......

EDIT: You should be able to build ur new desk for under $300ish(more like $200ish), not counting tools, and maybe spend abit more on a new crosscut, 60plus blade for the saw, and some nice drill bits. Dont lax on the wood screws or wood glue......

KS
Edited by knightsilver - 1/25/13 at 10:48am
post #16 of 25
I'll respond later when off of work so don't have to type on the phone if you still need advise then. 430 pacific.
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I'll respond later when off of work so don't have to type on the phone if you still need advise then. 430 pacific.
Doing this tomorrow so any extra advice would be great
post #18 of 25
sorry, i had to go to dinner with the wife.
I hope you don't take this post the wrong way, but i want to be as honest as possible to help steer you in the right direction.
for $100.00, you might be able to get a sheet of ACX plywood and some 2x4's to make a desk like this guys desk only. of course i am not i'm not sure you would be happy with it for 4-8 years to the point where you would want to move it. You could probably go with some solid pine if you were to spend a little more. you would probably have to join widths of it together with something like a biscuit jointer or something to hold the planks together. Pine is of course a "soft" wood so it might crack unless it is properly dried and you have sealed it completely at the beginnig. Pine will expand and contract with the humidity in the summer and the heat from your furnice in the winter more then most hardwoods. All woods will expand and contract a little, but pine is the biggest criminal as far as the "common" woods (wood species available at your local hardware stores). With a sheet of plywood for the top, it would definitly be better against cracking or splitting, but you would always see the plys from the edge, and sanding it is always fun. if you oversand, you will get to the next ply which is gonna be a different species most likely with what you are looking to spend. as the other poster said, $200-$300 would be a better estimate of costs for something you would better appriciate. if you budget is gonna be $100 for sure, you are better off finding a office funiture liquidation warehouse in your area and haggle a bit. then you don't have to use any tools except your most important tool, your brain. most office furniture is able to be broken down for easy travel. i picked up a smaller conference table before the holidays for $40. it is about 6 foot by 30 inches. it was perfect for our holiday dinner guests in conjuction with our regular dinner table.

here are some food for thought stuff as well:
1) the height for a typical desk or table is 29"-31". i like 30". 2) if useing 3/4" material, i would not have a span of over 24" without extra support whether it is on the edge or underneath or a "L" brace like this one.

let me know what you decide as i would still like to help if you need it. if not good luck and i hope to see you post your results.
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sorry, i had to go to dinner with the wife.
I hope you don't take this post the wrong way, but i want to be as honest as possible to help steer you in the right direction.
for $100.00, you might be able to get a sheet of ACX plywood and some 2x4's to make a desk like this guys desk only. of course i am not i'm not sure you would be happy with it for 4-8 years to the point where you would want to move it. You could probably go with some solid pine if you were to spend a little more. you would probably have to join widths of it together with something like a biscuit jointer or something to hold the planks together. Pine is of course a "soft" wood so it might crack unless it is properly dried and you have sealed it completely at the beginnig. Pine will expand and contract with the humidity in the summer and the heat from your furnice in the winter more then most hardwoods. All woods will expand and contract a little, but pine is the biggest criminal as far as the "common" woods (wood species available at your local hardware stores). With a sheet of plywood for the top, it would definitly be better against cracking or splitting, but you would always see the plys from the edge, and sanding it is always fun. if you oversand, you will get to the next ply which is gonna be a different species most likely with what you are looking to spend. as the other poster said, $200-$300 would be a better estimate of costs for something you would better appriciate. if you budget is gonna be $100 for sure, you are better off finding a office funiture liquidation warehouse in your area and haggle a bit. then you don't have to use any tools except your most important tool, your brain. most office furniture is able to be broken down for easy travel. i picked up a smaller conference table before the holidays for $40. it is about 6 foot by 30 inches. it was perfect for our holiday dinner guests in conjuction with our regular dinner table.

here are some food for thought stuff as well:
1) the height for a typical desk or table is 29"-31". i like 30". 2) if useing 3/4" material, i would not have a span of over 24" without extra support whether it is on the edge or underneath or a "L" brace like this one.

let me know what you decide as i would still like to help if you need it. if not good luck and i hope to see you post your results.

Hey thanks for the reply
The reason I wanted to make a desk myself was because all the stores near me didn't have a desk that was under 300 and fit my needs but I never thought to look at office liquidation furniture here which is efo and its only 5 minutes away! I'm going to check that out tomorrow and check out what they have and there prices cause I checked online and they have some stuff I like they just don't advertise prices. So before I make my decision on building one I plan on doing that and if they don't have anything that fits what I wasn't I think I'll do a similiar build to this guys main desk http://www.overclock.net/t/1305305/build-log-desk-build-project-1-off its simple and I can actually use some wood I already have for the legs I have left over from my shed I helped build for my dad this summer and since its not going to cost a lot I won't mind ditching it when I move 14 hours away in 3 years and just buying a new one and maybe ill have more money then

Thanks a lot for taking the time to help me ill plate what I do on this thread and also post some pics when my rooms finally done
post #20 of 25
glad to be of some help. with as many businesses going belly up in the past years, the selection was great in my town. i hope the selection is as good in yours. Good luck and happy haggling.
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