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Hey,

I'm looking at building a desk and I've got the plan sorted but I have no idea how to attach the legs to it. Google didn't throw much up so I thought I'd ask here.

Obviously I don't want it to wobble like there's no tomorrow so sturdy is the aim of the build. I've added my sketchup plan to this post too.

Thanks guys.
 

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Hey,

I'm looking at building a desk and I've got the plan sorted but I have no idea how to attach the legs to it. Google didn't throw much up so I thought I'd ask here.

Obviously I don't want it to wobble like there's no tomorrow so sturdy is the aim of the build. I've added my sketchup plan to this post too.

Thanks guys.
From your drawing, it appears you could make the bottom of the desk as a unit unto itself and that would make it very rigid. Then, add the top.

It's not a very deep desk, the top is less than half a meter...

Paul
 

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you could add a 3/4" x 3/4" cleat to the top of the leg and screw it into the underneath of the top. your leg design will be ridgid.
 

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From your drawing, it appears you could make the bottom of the desk as a unit unto itself and that would make it very rigid. Then, add the top.

It's not a very deep desk, the top is less than half a meter...

Paul
I'm not sure what you mean - could you elaborate?

I know it's not particularly deep but I don't have much room to work with. The desk will face the bottom of a single bed pointing towards the top and the right hand side of the desk which is the 90 degree "L" shaped part is next to a wall, plus I have a wall behind me.

I have a desk currently which is 50cm deep and I can *just* get a computer chair in there, but it's marking the wall behind because I need more room.

you could add a 3/4" x 3/4" cleat to the top of the leg and screw it into the underneath of the top. your leg design will be ridgid.
I presume that I just need to drill into the destop, insert something then screw the leg onto that via the cleat?
 

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I'm not sure what you mean - could you elaborate?

I know it's not particularly deep but I don't have much room to work with. The desk will face the bottom of a single bed pointing towards the top and the right hand side of the desk which is the 90 degree "L" shaped part is next to a wall, plus I have a wall behind me.

I have a desk currently which is 50cm deep and I can *just* get a computer chair in there, but it's marking the wall behind because I need more room.
Legs are usually, but not always, attached by an apron of some kind. That "apron" adds stability and a point along the entire top that you may use for attachment to the desk top. The apron "usually" mechanically attaches to each leg/all legs mechanically or by mortise. There are many ways to achieve what you want. Perhaps some further reading is in order

http://www.tablelegs.com/WoodworkingPlansAndArticles/CustomizingaStretcherBaseTable.aspx Read about table legs and aprons, etc.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/building-office-desk-how-attach-legs-securely-41435/

http://www.homedit.com/10-diy-desks-that-really-work-for-your-home-office/

http://www.rockler.com/desk-top-fasteners?Max=999

watch this video http://woodworking.wonderhowto.com/how-to/create-custom-table-and-attach-legs-with-lowes-300020/

http://forums.finewoodworking.com/f.../attaching-legs-thick-table-top-without-apron

What I was originally eluding to was that you could take two legs and have the apron above and a "stretcher" towards the bottom and that would stiffen the legs together. You could add a panel into that same design and have, basically, what you had drawn up but with a tiny mod.

I hope some of this helps...

Paul

Another thought that came to me as you described your room constraints was a desk that you could roll over to your bed and use the bed as a chair. While not it use, the desk could fold up flat against the wall and not take up a whole lot of real estate. Or, the top could be less deep in the storage mode and hinge upwards to give you added top depth when needed. just a thought...
 
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