I'm going to start working on a makup table for my wife. It will be rather
like a return for a desk...sticks out at a right angle from her vanity.
It will have a poplar frame covered by 3/4" ply on top of which there will
be a couple of 3/4" soapstone tiles, each 1.5 ft. sq. It will have a 3"
mahogany rail around it to hide the poplar, ply and tile edges. Basically,
it is a torsion box without a bottom.
It is about 37" long, 18" wide and will weigh around 50-60 pounds (soapstone
One long side abuts a wall and will be screwed to studs. One short side
will be supported by the vanity. To support the other short side, I'm
planning on a 1 1/2" thick mahogany knee, 12+" horizontally and about 10"
The knee will be firmly screwed to the structure of the table; I'm planning
to attach it to the wall via a sliding dovetail the 3/4" oak pin of which
will be screwed to a stud.
I'm thinking it will be fine attached as I have outlined; not sittable but
satisfactory for its purpose. What do you think?