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Hello all!

I am building a new PC and coming with that will be a new computer desk. I have a small design in Sketchup made. (Bear with me only started using it recently) Everything is correct size wise just not the exact peripherals and the Power conditioner has a picture for the front.

So I was wanting to make my own custom desk out of some wood but got to thinking and decided that for $80 I could buy a tabletop from Ikea that is already finished which saves me time and a lot of spare poly and paint.
My only worry is this: Will this material support everything I will have on top of it?

In the picture below you can see the set up where I am using 2 of the steel legs for the left side while building a mini open cabinet on the right side from floor to table top height to store some audio equipment and other components I gain. So the right side will be very strong but I don't want it to damage the tablet top first. Basically put Styrofoam between a very heavy item and a very solid surface, the item will crush the Styrofoam until it meets the solid surface. Desk (Click to show)
Legs: Olov Adjustable Legs
Tabletop: Klimpen 59" Tabletop

The tabletop says that it is made out of Fiberboard which is what makes me wonder if it can hold all of the weight. The computer tower will have about 3x 360mm radiators, 250mm reservoir, 1 gpu, 1 nvm.e and 2x WD Black - Weight wise I suspect it will be near ~80lbs when fully complete. The speakers on the desk are going to add about 17lbs total as well as the monitor being mounted on the back adding weight to a singular spot. Just worries me with the 110lb load it states.


If this won't work, any recommendations on a finished surface roughly 59" L x 27-30"D ?

Thanks for any and all input!

Jiryama
post #2 of 10
Yes, pressboard tends to sag over time.
You could add supports to to the underside, even do a bull nose edge.

That's only about 3 feet wide?
That's pretty small for desk.
Veneered plywood is cheep and a lot stronger than pressboard and you could then make any size you want..
There's "iron on" veneer strips for the edges too.



And when you post a sketchup pic post the sketchup file too.
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Yes, pressboard tends to sag over time.
You could add supports to to the underside, even do a bull nose edge.

That's only about 3 feet wide?
That's pretty small for desk.
Veneered plywood is cheep and a lot stronger than pressboard and you could then make any size you want..
There's "iron on" veneer strips for the edges too. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And when you post a sketchup pic post the sketchup file too.
Thanks for the response! I didn't add the file because it is not a supported file type. Desk Dropbox Link

Well, when I am at the desk I don't move around a lot and so the section for my legs / storing chair is roughly 3ft wide yes, but the entire desk is 59" because I based it off of the Ikea tabletop that I had found. I was looking for a finished top because I figured that I would save money that way since 2x 4' x8' x .75" of hardwood plywood would run dang near $100 before any poly and paint. Was looking for 2 because I want the desk to be from 1 1/8" - 1.5" thick. You mentioned adding support to the underside of the table, is that with purchasing the tabletop from the ikea as well? I was thinking that with the ~20" wide of .75" plywood going from the floor to the bottom of the table would add extra support but I wasn't sure if it would sink into the actual top of the table due to the weight of the PC?

My biggest concern with the price is the cost of the poly, paint, and stain. I want it to be a very smooth surface so was thinking 5-7 coats of poly and then probably 2 coats of paint and a good stain to protect it from a drink spill should that happen. Am I being unreasonable with a $100 budget on the tabletop?

Another idea I had was maybe get the hardwood plywood like I mentioned and then get counter top laminate?
post #4 of 10
Home depot has 3/4 inch 4' x 8' birch veener for $48 per sheet. Oak would be only a little more.
A pint of stain would be plenty. Then a quart of clear, semigloss, floor polyurethane you're good to go (floor urethane is much harder, mar resistant, and easier to clean.) . That should be well under $100

If you want to go nuts glue two sheets of 1/2" together for 1"

I built my workbenches out of 1/2" plywood and YOU CAN JUMP ON THEM!



If you have access to a router and or table saw you can make your own bull nose.



Of course you could just glue on a piece of quarter round trim.

And to post Sketchup drawings (or anything else) just compress it into a .zip file.
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Home depot has 3/4 inch 4' x 8' birch veener for $48 per sheet. Oak would be only a little more.
A pint of stain would be plenty. Then a quart of clear, semigloss, floor polyurethane you're good to go (floor urethane is much harder, mar resistant, and easier to clean.) . That should be well under $100

If you want to go nuts glue two sheets of 1/2" together for 1"

I built my workbenches out of 1/2" plywood and YOU CAN JUMP ON THEM!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


If you have access to a router and or table saw you can make your own bull nose.



Of course you could just glue on a piece of quarter round trim.

And to post Sketchup drawings (or anything else) just compress it into a .zip file.
Alright thanks thats good info! I was only going to get 2 of them and put them together because the steel legs I am getting have screws that I am assuming are 3/4" long because they say that minimum thickness is 1" for mounting. I was also going to paint it a black color. Would you recommend the paint that has poly mixed into it? Two birds one stone.

Nice work area by the way!
post #6 of 10
Glue and/or screw blocks of wood on (whatever thickness / size you need) ) and attach the legs to those for strength.
Edited by billbartuska - 1/18/16 at 1:52pm
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Better?






Deskv1.zip 3184k .zip file
Edited by billbartuska - 1/18/16 at 8:49pm
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That is really awesome but not the direction I was wanting to go in. First off, sorry for not responding, started my University last week and then also ran into some PC problems when I turned on my desktop and it booted straight into automatic repair mode and wouldn't leave. rolleyes.gif

I was wanting to go with a more modern look to it with black and silver look as well as have an open area since I have 2 dogs and I need to be able to vacuum the floor really well and the desk with wood would be hard to get behind. Current wooden desk is a nightmare for the dog hair! Love the design for the speaker stands, was actually considering getting something like two of these barckets and setting a speaker on top of those to go with the look that I was hoping for.

I might need to go back to the drawing board a little bit - looking for a really just clean look with hardly any cables showing. My biggest struggle is what to do with the audio equipment - I have a denon receiver and a Panamax Power conditioner I will plug in components into. I will also be adding at a future date a External DAC/AMP of some sort to run head phones off of since I am going to mount a Rode PSA1 mic stand for my Yeti. Not sure whether I should do a separate cabinet or stand for the audio equipment or just and incorporate it into the desk.

What do you think?
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Not sure whether I should do a separate cabinet or stand for the audio equipment or just and incorporate it into the desk.48.gif
post #10 of 10
I'm guessing it's a normal fiberboard, which has visible pieces of recycled wood when cut. Get an MDF top instead, much stronger thumb.gif
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