I'm not so worried about it colapsing, as sagging. I have two plans I have drawn up. the first is the one the wife likes the most, and will probably provide more resale value to the house. The second I like a little bit more, but only because it 'seems' easier to build!
The plan on the first one is up in the air. I can see a couple ways of doing it, but since I have never done any cabinetry I am sure at least one of them is completely opposite of correct. I plan on using a torsion box for the long span above the desk.
Option 1: The 4 carcase verticals go from the base all the way to the ceiling (or close to it). This would mean either finding 4'x10' plywood, or doing a scarf joint to make the full length.
Option 2: I make the cabinets on the sides separate boxes and build the rest of the carcase off the cabinets.
Any better ideas on that one? Does it look possible?
Plan two looks easier, though I would still end up with two long verticals on the sides, or run off the desktop. The middle part of the built in would be one or two separate boxes. The bottom shelf would probably end up being torsion box also.
As can be seen, I have a long way to go. But since I have very little funds available for this right now, I have lots and lots of time to plan!
Any help or insight will be very much appreciated.