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Offline Mike35x95x1

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Working desk on two cabinets
« on: November 18, 2020, 11:34 AM »
Hi guys,

I would like to get some feedback regarding my new project. I have a request to build working desk but instead of legs there should be two narrow cabinets. Next requrement is that the desk and the cabinets should be detachable and no screws in the table board. I am warried about stability of the whole thing as the board is siamese senna (beatiful but quite heavy wood) and the cabinets will be beech (considered cheaper version) or oak (my prefered choice). What would you suggest?

I am thinking of two solutions:

  • to sink the cabinets to the desk (10 mm)
  • glue two frame corners to the desk (around each cabinet)

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 12:01 PM »
Neither method allows for wood movement. The top would become loose or it would run the risk of splitting, or the corner blocks would break off.
« Last Edit: November 18, 2020, 12:05 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2020, 12:07 PM »
Neither method allows for wood movement. The top would become loose or it would run the risk of splitting, or the corner blocks would break off.
The only option you suggest is to glue or screw everything together, right?


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Offline afish

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2020, 12:21 PM »
How wide are the cabinets?  My desk is almost identical to that approx. 16" cabinets with a 2cm quartz top that just sits on some bumpons to keep it from moving.  I did recess in three .25" x .25" steel bars into the bottom of the slab for extra support where it spans between the 2 cabinets.  I dont see the issue with what you have planned.  If you are really concerned beef up the backs of the cabinets to 1/2" or better to prevent any racking.   

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2020, 12:28 PM »
How wide are the cabinets?  My desk is almost identical to that approx. 16" cabinets with a 2cm quartz top that just sits on some bumpons to keep it from moving.  I did recess in three .25" x .25" steel bars into the bottom of the slab for extra support where it spans between the 2 cabinets.  I dont see the issue with what you have planned.  If you are really concerned beef up the backs of the cabinets to 1/2" or better to prevent any racking.
The cabinets should be standard 18 mm thick, standing 80 cm from each other. The dimensions are on the picture (w386, d450, h720).


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Offline AstroKeith

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2020, 12:28 PM »
I agree with afish, make sure the cabinets are strong and then let gravity hold the top on, located by a few pegs or similar. Just have a little clearance in say the rear mating peg holes to cope with wood movement.
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Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2020, 12:29 PM »
How wide are the cabinets?  My desk is almost identical to that approx. 16" cabinets with a 2cm quartz top that just sits on some bumpons to keep it from moving.  I did recess in three .25" x .25" steel bars into the bottom of the slab for extra support where it spans between the 2 cabinets.  I dont see the issue with what you have planned.  If you are really concerned beef up the backs of the cabinets to 1/2" or better to prevent any racking.
Do you have any picture?


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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2020, 01:39 PM »
Hi @Mike35x95x1

You could consider something like this, a pedestal desk:

323318-0

I can supply the plans free of charge if you PM me an email address.

There are a few videos about its construction on my YouTube channel.

Peter

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2020, 01:44 PM »
What would you suggest?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Dowels or dominos in to the top and holes into the sides of the drawer pedestals.
It won't move and should lock it in from tipping unless someone wants to use the desk as a diving board.
Tim

Offline Mike35x95x1

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2020, 01:54 PM »
What would you suggest?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Dowels or dominos in to the top and holes into the sides of the drawer pedestals.
It won't move and should lock it in from tipping unless someone wants to use the desk as a diving board.
Tim
This is safe but I am searching for a solution how to disassembly the cabinets and still use them independently as furniture. Holes will not make it fancy at all.


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Offline Oldwood

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Re: Working desk on two cabinets
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2020, 04:41 PM »
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