In the past, i,ve use 3/4" base(pine) and nailed hardwood flooring to it
(nailed in the grooves) sanding it, and used a poly-finish after i trimmed
it out with oak molding. Looks good n is a solid desk on top of base
Recently I've made a couple of cabinets in the Arts and Crafts style
and have used 3/4" Oak plywood as the field and banded it with 2"
solid oak (biscuit jointed). The reason is primarily that the plywood
is much more stable than solid wood that is edge jointed. Once stained
and varnished it looks quite good. The only time consuming part is
sanding down the banding to exactly the level of the plywood.
Make a jig for your router to trim the banding down to the surface of the
I use one similar to this one
or try one like this
Wouldn't hardwood flooring expand and contract with the seasons unless
you're in the desert? Probably wouldn't be the best thing for a desktop.
I know my hardwood floor has some gaps in it during the winter when
humidity is low.
All wood moves. The trick is to fasten it in such a way that the top can
move but will not split. Use clamping dogs into a slot or attach the center
only and let the front and back float. I'm not an expert on this so consult
a good book or better woodworker for details of how to allow for movement.
On Sat, 10 Jan 2004 15:18:30 -0800, "Dennis Spector"
I'd go with solid oak for the top. Oak plywood only has a thin layer
of oak over somewhat softer substrate - won't stand up to much abuse
such as hard objects being dropped on it. Also, solid surface can be
refinished several times if need be.
I'd second the choice of solid wood but....If you plan on using the
desktop for writing I think you may find the open pored nature of oak
to be small problem(pens/pencils move unevenly over solid oak tending
to follow grain). This can be overcome with a bit grain filling which
will make a much better surface.
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