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post #1 of 19
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I want to build a super simple desk.
A nice, beautiful slab of wood and hairpin legs. Done and done.
Where is the best/cheapest place to get a nice slab of wood?

I may stain it myself as well.
post #2 of 19
Use google and search for local hardwood suppliers. Wood is heavy, especially a desk sized slab, so you probably don't want to pay shipping. Also, look for something 8/4 thick. Wood is measured in quarters of an inch, so 8/4 is 2" thick. After planing and sanding it will be at least 1/4" thinner. I'd be happy to help you search if you post your location.

Price is also going to vastly depend on the species of wood. Oak and maple will likely be the most affordable, with walnut and exotics getting expensive very quickly. Try looking for a slab cut from the outer edge of a tree. They general aren't as expensive because one side has more sapwood. Sapwood is the outer most layer of wood, just under the bark, and is usually a different color than the heartwood, and undesirable to many.
Edited by groundzero9 - 1/8/14 at 9:27am
post #3 of 19
If all you want is butcher's block, they probably have it a the local home depot. A single piece monolithic slab is a different matter. There aren't that many trees like that anymore and it goes at a premium.

if you have access to full shop tools, like a planar and bunch of bar clamps, you can make your own piece slab using biscuits.

Failing that a specialty lumber store would b able to help you. In the twin cities here that means youngblood lumber. They specialize in large pieces and unusual timber like zebra wood. There should be something like that in your area.
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Use google and search for local hardwood suppliers. Wood is heavy, especially a desk sized slab, so you probably don't want to pay shipping. Also, look for something 8/4 thick. Wood is measured in quarters of an inch, so 8/4 is 2" thick. After planing and sanding it will be at least 1/4" thinner. I'd be happy to help you search if you post your location.

Price is also going to vastly depend on the species of wood. Oak and maple will likely be the most affordable, with walnut and exotics getting expensive very quickly.

Around the Annapolis MD area.
It doesn't have to be fancy exotic lumber, just anything simple that's not ugly really.
post #5 of 19
I was in your situation at one time. At home depot they have something called finished cabinet wood, get that, at your various thickness you want. you may stain it or do as you wish. What I ended doing which is cool, is used piping for the legs and a bracket. So now I have a super simple desktop with pip legging that looks unique and cool. You can paint it all black or add something like the mod mad extreme to the top as the surface and wallah a super cool tech desk.
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Around the Annapolis MD area.
It doesn't have to be fancy exotic lumber, just anything simple that's not ugly really.

Hearne Hardwood in Oxford PA is somewhat close, and has a huge selection. Check out their site here.
It'll give you an idea of the different species and the prices you can expect for a solid slab.
post #7 of 19
if you can handle veneer instead of solid wood, and own a clothes iron, go to your local big box home store and buy grade "a" hardwood faced plywood in whatever wood suits your fancy and some heat application veneer rolls. "b" is cheaper, but there will be little hairline football shapes in it where imperfections have been removed.

Cut the plywood to size and apply the veneer to the edge like an iron on decal. They sell a little rubber roler as well to make sure the bubbles get out. let the stuff hang over both edges. When it cools take either a router, or just a utility knife blade if you've got good hands and are real careful, and cut the excess off. it is now ready for finish.
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Ikea has precut kitchen countertops made of solid wood. I often see people using those in DIY desk project.

 

People also use solid slab doors too.

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post #9 of 19
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Ikea has precut kitchen countertops made of solid wood. I often see people using those in DIY desk project

People also use solid slab doors too.

I never posted this, but that's exactly what I'm doing! Using the ikea gerton, sanding it down and staining it darker, then putting some hairpin legs on it. Nice simple and sophisticated.
post #10 of 19
and possibly quite expensive. kitchen countertop material often has a ridiculous markup.
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