NYWS #1206 Computer desk top question,


Norms desk top calls for several boards to be biscuited and glued together. I was thinking about using 3/4" Oak plywood instead, and gluing 1" thick by 2" wide Oak breadboard edges on all 4 sides. I haven't decided if I will biscuit or tongue groove the edges. My question is, -- would 3/4" Oak plywood be adequate for a desktop? I'm concerned about the thinness of the veneer. I guess I'd lightly use 200 to 250 grit sand paper with 4 or 5 coats of poly applied if I go with the plywood. If I go with solid Oak I would need 7 6 foot by 3/4" by 8" Oak boards which would be quite pricey. Thanks for your suggestions.
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Look at it like this: if you're concerned about normal usage damaging the veneer, is solid wood really the answer? It's a *desk*, not a dining table. And a desk for a computer at that...not like you're going to spend a lot of time writing on it. "Plan B" should probably be some kind of laminate if wear is really an issue.
And FWIW (and IMHO, based on a *lot* of years sitting in front of one), Norm's desk looks like it was designed by someone who's never actually used a computer. (Why yes, that *is* a pet peeve of mine.)
Lee
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A desk likely to see heavy use should have a desk pad, or a sheet of glass, over the wood. My dad's desk has had the same sheet of glass for 45 years or so now.
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