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.