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Question about the desk top

I was wondering if anyone could give me tips on a good method for making a top on a desk. The desk top will be 26"x84". Below is a picture of the desk in progress. And yes it is just pine wood, my wife wanted a new desk for the office, and I had tons of pine left over so this project has cost me nothing... All out of scrap or wood prev purchased and was left over.

I have made smaller desks before where I just routered a sheet of mdf, but that would be extremely hard with that large of piece with the little space I have. And would not look that attractive. My thought was to cut ply 3/4 shorter take a 1x2 and run around it, giving it an over hang and rounding the corners, but don't know if that would work or look decent??? Any advice greatly appreciated.
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What you have described would be fine. I would probably add a piece of molding underneath it just to add a little more character.

What you have done so far looks great.

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You have any like habitat for humanity restore stores in your area? id was able to purchase 2 36x96 rolls of HD's high def. formica, IMO in sort of a stone look would look sharp with your 1x border than the formica for the writeing surface. Or maybe the pine just has natural on my brain. great work so far man. What are your thoughts as far as a finish?
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I would probably have made the desk a bit differently. I would have made the pedestals separately, and if that center panel was to be added, it would install whenever the desk is moved to its resting place. It would be a lot easier to move than it being one piece.

I would recommend installing corner gussets (triangles) at the top edge inside corners. They would help keep the cabinets square and provide a way to screw the top down.

You could make a plywood top and edge it with 3/4"x 1 1/2". That would make the top look thicker. A nice top would be a Formica type laminate with a wood edging.






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You have any like habitat for humanity restore stores in your area? id was able to purchase 2 36x96 rolls of HD's high def. formica, IMO in sort of a stone look would look sharp with your 1x border than the formica for the writeing surface. Or maybe the pine just has natural on my brain. great work so far man. What are your thoughts as far as a finish?
Hey thanks for the idea! Haven't thought of something like that. Im not familiar with Formica. How does it work/attach. Attached is a picture of what the desk will look like finished to match a secertary desk.
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I would probably have made the desk a bit differently. I would have made the pedestals separately, and if that center panel was to be added, it would install whenever the desk is moved to its resting place. It would be a lot easier to move than it being one piece.

I would recommend installing corner gussets (triangles) at the top edge inside corners. They would help keep the cabinets square and provide a way to screw the top down.

You could make a plywood top and edge it with 3/4"x 1 1/2". That would make the top look thicker. A nice top would be a Formica type laminate with a wood edging.





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I thought of doing that with the back but didn't... It will be a pain to get it to it's final resting place, however it is what it is. Could you please explain what a gusset is? Im sorry I'm not familiar with building terms.
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I thought of doing that with the back but didn't... It will be a pain to get it to it's final resting place, however it is what it is. Could you please explain what a gusset is? Im sorry I'm not familiar with building terms.
A gusset is nothing more than a wood (or metal) triangle that gets mounted on an inside corner. It keeps the corner to 90 degrees. It can be drilled and a screw through from underneath, through it, and into the top...to mount the top. In this diagram..the corner braces.








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Awesome! Thanks for the information!!
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Please, please, no formica.

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Why not George.... Pro's/Con's to it?
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It looks cheap, cheap, cheap. I have to look at it every day in my kitchen. I cannot get my wife to buy new counter tops!!!!

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Thanks all for the advice! I ended up going with the ply top with a 1x for trim. Nothin special in this desk, but it will be neat explaining to people that see it that I did not spend a penny on it... All scraps from other paying jobs.. Going to stain tomorrow night, and I'll add the finished project.
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