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Oak slab desk out of plywood

by jonlan
posted 01-15-2018 08:25 PM

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#1 posted 01-15-2018 09:16 PM

Could you put some oak boards on top of the plywood, then hide the edges with the oak trim?

Maybe some 1/4” or 1/2” boards?

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 09:33 PM

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#3 posted 01-15-2018 09:36 PM

Are you wedded to the oak idea? It might not be the best choice for a desk surface (don’t ask me how I know this).

The open porous grain structure of oak creates some issues. Unless you completely fill it you can have problems writing on a single sheet of paper. It’s like when they ask you to sign a credit card slip on a textured counter surface. You can fill the grain, but then you might encounter issues with the staining. Using some sort of desk blotter for a writing surface sort of defeats the look of the oak.

As far as the mitered edge idea goes, I don’t think it will work. You would have to keep the sharp 90 degree corner at the edge to keep the plies from showing Not even a tiny round over would be allowed. Not a user friendly desk edge.

How about making the front piece out a actual 2” stock three or four inches wide. Then it won’t look like a thin edge banding. You could then make the field of the top out of oak veneered plywood. You could consider cutting that into strips and alternating the grain pattern to make it look like glued up boards. Or use thinner oak boards on a plywood base as suggested above.

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#4 posted 01-15-2018 09:57 PM

One additional thought. What is your break point on the cost? 3’ X 6’ X 2” is 36 board feet. Around here 2” oak is about $5.00 a board foot. Is $180 (give or take) too much for the budget. With allowance for cuts, etc. $200 should cover it.

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