Hello woodworker peeps, I'm hoping to pick your brains as I'm new to woodworking. Over the past two or three years I've been obsessed with learning about all kinds of woodworking; especially dovetails
I've been practicing my angles and think I almost have it down with my Dozuki. Still making friend with my Royba as it totally bites fingers if you happen to misjudge how fast it goes through wood
In any event, I'm planning out a whopper of a first "real" project; desks & cabinetry for a new home office. I included a pic of one side of the room for reference, other side is way bigger, but I'm still finalizing the design. As an unfortunate note, I'm in Alaska so it's pretty hard to get wood up here [read it'd be cheaper to buy a truck in the lower 48, fill it with wood, and drive it home, than to barge it up here
] so I'm kind of limited. I'm planing to use 1/2" and 3/4" birch or maple plywood (depending which takes locking miters and dovetails better) with 1" solid walnut or dark stained hard maple accents.
My question at the moment is about the "legs" and desktops. I want to get those parts to around 2 1/2" wide, (half blind dovetails on the faces - with the sides, bottom, & back mitered ply) but I'm not sure which way to go about it given the plywood situation. My original thought was to face a 2 x 4 frame with 1/2" plywood, but I read on some site somewhere that it's better to sandwich MDF or particle board for structural stability; especially on the desktop and keyboard drawers. I was wondering what ya'll's thoughts were on it?
Also, as a note, I do plan on doing bar-top epoxy on the desktop & keyboard drawers, the rest of the desk will get either a wipe-on poly or home made shellac depending on how "yellow" super blonde and platina flakes turn out on the plywood.