I'm thinking of building a wooden computer table, probably out of teak
or similar wood. I'm in Bombay, India.
Wooden tables over here are manufactured so that there is a sort of
frame on which the table top is fitted. Once the table is assembled,
this frame extends vertically down an inch or two on every edge of the
table, and is 1/2 an inch thick or something. I hope this description
is clear. The purpose of this is to increase the strength of the
table. The concept of flange is similar, but I don't know if that term
is normally used here.
An important consideration is that I need to have a keyboard tray
mounted underneath the desk. This would be simpler if the table top
was flat, as then the extended edge of the table would not interfere
with the motion of the keyboard tray - for example, it would be hard
to make the keyboard tray slide out straight if the table edge was not
flat. One way around this would be to add extra wood under the
desktop, so the keyboard tray could be mounted "further down". The
other option is to just have a flat table top, but I'm not sure if
this will be sufficient for a strong and stable table. Perhaps there
are other ways of reinforcing the strength of the table?
Anyway, the purpose of this message is to solicit opinions from people
who are more experienced in these matters than I am. If you have
thoughts on the matter please let me know. Also, please CC me on any
reply at the email address above.
Regards, Faheem Mitha.