The choice of desk wood depends on the look you want and your
budget. All woods can work in one form or another. All will be
sealed in the finishing. The most popular desk wood is oak and then
A plywood top with edge covered in matching hardwood works
well to 8'-1". Beyond that you either have to have expensive special
order plywood or make a joint. If the joint is part of the design it
will work all right.
Build-in desks are usually built in. That is, they are
supported by the studs in the wall and are custom fit to the exact
size of the opening even if the opening is a little out of square, or
out of plumb, or the back is not quite straight. These become part of
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The type of desk you describe is called a door and filing
cabinet desk. Traditionally it was made with an interior door and two
short filing cabinets. This style is cheap and popular with students.
The more complex version is called a Hutch desk. It has
cabinet in the bottom, the desk top, and a over head part with
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On 29 Mar 2004 15:59:40 -0800, cf email@example.com (Chris) wrote:
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been looking all over for the
proper height cabinets. It seems that it's going to be very difficult
to find finished or unfinished oak cabinets that are smaller than 34"
high. I think I need about 29" or 30" to be comfortable. I'll keep
Think about removing the toe kick area, something that isn't useful on a
sit-down desk anyway. If a cabinet is halfway well made, you should be able to
measure and cut that area off quite easily with a handsaw or circular saw. I
build most of my stuff with separate toe kicks anyway, but commercial stuff
most often is one-piece. Check construction your local dealer or HD or Lowe's.
Tip the cabinet up and see how the toe kick area is attached.
Taking that off gives you just about 30" on most 34" tall cabinetry, but on
some you may have to leave 3/4" of board to hold the bottom in place.
"It is not strange... to mistake change for progress." Millard Fillmore
Some of the "semi-custom" cabinet companies do have desk sections with a
lower surface. Go to a dedicated kitche cabinet shop rather than a big box
outlet like Home Depot.
You could also use a keynoard ullout to get a lower surface for the keyboard
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