Wood is wood, no matter how you look at it. You can’t be picky. That’s why I took up this project. You see, recently I was approached by a local hardwood flooring guy named Anton Boyarchuck. He said he had a few random bundles of wood that were left over from a job he did. Being a fellow craftsman, it didn’t take long for me to jump on an offer of free Oak hardwood. At first what slowed me down was the milling presswork, but then I removed the amount of milling that takes place with rough lumber and quickly realized how this would be way easier.
The project of choice was simple! Flat, narrow boards…tabletop or cutting board? Why not both?! So I decided to start with something we needed, a new work desk for the office. I wanted something big. something that would fit a lot of things and something that both my Wife and I could use, without moving things around. Now the last thing part of the equation, is it would have to be something that’s decorative. Thats where I came up with the floating desk.
- Use tight bond 2 or 3 wood glue. no different than any other panel glue-up.
- use the domino jointer or keg pocket holes to attach the skirt pieces together length wise.
- use 14/16 gage 1×2-3″ square steel for the frame reinforcement.
- use long 1/2″ lag bolts (I use SPAX) to secure to the studs. makes sure you hit every stud the wall/desk has in contact.
- Use large thick washers to prevent flex.
- make sure you have good welds. take your time.
- when attaching the desk, Use 100% silicone if you don’t want to mass with screws. Note, if you glue the top on, as if its a piece of granite countertop, you can still take the desk off the wall with the bolts being accessible from the bottom.
Hope that helps. happy building.