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04-07-2018 09:48 PM

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I was asked to build an l-shaped reception desk and have been looking online for ideas. I found a video on youtube of one that is perfect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP13VHTJ7Qs). This is a photo of what the desk looks like.

My question is about the tall front of the desk. From whatever I found online, it looks like I need to frame that part using 2×4s and then cover it with ply. Is this correct or could I just build a large “box” using plywood?

I hope this question makes sense.

Thanks for reading.


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#1 posted 04-08-2018 01:52 AM

I see no reason why you could not just build a plywood “box” for the front. In fact, a ‘torsion box’ type assembly would be quite sturdy. Something about like this;

https://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/aw-extra-7413-how-to-build-a-torsion-box

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#2 posted 04-08-2018 02:08 AM

The top of the front section is cut off in the photo, but I assume that’s where the clients stand while they are being waited on. The main thing I’d recommend is to make it sturdy, since people tend to lean against it and rest their weight on it like a countertop. Rick’s torsion box suggestion would definitely fit the bill.

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#3 posted 04-08-2018 02:35 AM

not to mention that some people may actually stand on it to hang Christmas decorations,
change light bulbs, or dancing a jig on it during office parties with a lampshade on their heads.
(always consider the worst case scenario.

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#4 posted 04-08-2018 04:04 AM



not to mention that some people may actually stand on it to hang Christmas decorations,
change light bulbs, or dancing a jig on it during office parties with a lampshade on their heads.
(always consider the worst case scenario.

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#5 posted 04-08-2018 04:38 AM

No need for 2×4’s. Plywood ribs about 12” apart is good.
One thing I like to do, (personal preference) opposed to the picture, is to make the front wall wider so that the counter top can dive into it instead of sticking out like in the picture
Example:

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#6 posted 04-08-2018 05:15 AM


No need for 2×4 s. Plywood ribs about 12” apart is good.

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#7 posted 04-08-2018 04:32 PM

Thanks! This helps a ton. I think I am going with the plywood ribs. I like the torsion box idea, but it seems like a lot more work. Jbay, thanks for the idea of making the front wider. Looks a lot better for a reception desk.

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#8 posted 04-08-2018 04:34 PM

Jbay, did you make that in Sketchup or find the picture online?

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#9 posted 09-17-2018 10:22 PM

Thanks for the input. It came out better than expected.

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