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I do not understand your little rectangles.

As I am typing this I am sitting at a computer desk that I built that is very similar. It is made out of oak and is somewhat smaller. Therefore I did not use 2x4's. The piece without any legs bolts directly to the other piece. The bolts are only 3" long into captive nuts.

I would do away with the little rectangles and just use normal supports under the top. You are going to have a visible joint somewhere. Why not just have it at the juncture of the two parts? I see nothing that gains strength or anything else if that top joint is moved.

The basic idea is to keep it simple. You are just building two desks ( one that has one end without legs) and bolting them together. Nothing special required.

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