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#1 posted 07-26-2016 03:53 AM

A 2×4 across the back and both ends is going to give you a lot of support. I’ve built plenty of office desks that way, with 1” thick top and 3/4” edging strip in front and had people stand on them. They sag but don’t break and some of them were 8-10 feet long. So how much support you need depends completely on the material and thickness of the top. 54” is not that long. I have 3/4” shelving in the laundry closet with longer spans than that. I would forget about the extra 2×4 supports and just go with an edging strip in front. Top should be 3/4” minimum with edging strip or 1” without.

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