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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?

That is the weakest lateral support (because that's where you will be sitting) that can be stiffened. You could cut down the thickness, and just double up a second piece. It would also help that where the short top meets the long top, that there is a brace connecting the front rail to the back rail on the long top. Just my opinion.






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