L Desk, I hit a wall.
Hello all. I've been a lurker to this forum for a little while now, but I finally had a reason to sign up. Currently I am designing an L shaped desk. I have unique needs, so it's quite large (90"x30", with 60"x30" leg), which has lead to a pretty simple system (thanks to a YouTube video) to break it down into two movable chunks. But this system has created an issue.
When you look at my top view 2d drawing, you will see 3 smaller rectangles, and these are three bolts that will be pulling the two halfs together. Combine this with dowels that will be inserted into the boards where the two pieces meet will create a very strong bond that can be taken apart with removing 3 bolts, and a mallet. (look at it as a table with a half of another table being bolted to it).
I'm using 4x4 legs, and 2x4 cross supports. When you look at the attached drawing you will notice that the drawing shows a 2x4 crossing the inside edge on both parts of the desk. I would like to avoid this, but I am not sure how. Would shaving down the 2x4 in the areas where my legs would go cause weakness in the structure?
Also one thing to note is I will be doing this with the more basic of tools (a drill, and a circular saw, maybe some other hand held only tools as I will be doing any cutting/drilling on the patio) which is why I've stuck with a rather simple but strong design.
I'm attaching an above 2d, and a 3d to help give you a picture. the 3d currently does not have the bolts added to it.