Help DeThroned build a desk!

Hey guys, catchy title, right?

Anyways, we are redoing the office in my house and want to change it up some. We have an area roughly 3' x 12' that we want to put a desk in. The desk will consist of 3 filing cabinets and the desktop. I've done some research and found information all over the place on the best type of wood to use. I'm reach out to you fine folks for hopefully a clearer answer.

I went to Home Depot to look around at what they had and was recommended a few different things. Radiata Pine, Sande Plywood, BCX Plywood, and MDF.

When giving recommendations, please keep in mind that being a handyman is not a strong point that I have. The sheets of any of these I believe were all 4x8 so I can have them cut 2 pieces 3x6 which would solve that problem.

Am I looking at this the right way? Am I overthinking it? The filing cabinets would be 1 on either side and 1 in the middle where the 2 boards would meet. The desk would be for my wife and I so there would be a computer on either side of the middle filing cabinet.

Is space an issue, and does it have to be a desk?

WizKid wrote:

Is space an issue, and does it have to be a desk?

No (unless you want over a 12' desk then yes), and yes

You guys are just going to leave me hanging to make bad decisions? Alrighty then. Won't be the first or last time

Butcher block and black iron pipes. That's what I made mine out of.
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The butcher block I believe comes in lengths up to 8' long and 25" wide. I bought mine from Menards which if you are not familiar with is based in Wisconsin/Minnesota and has stores in surrounding states.

Really cool idea, that desk looks nice Rains! I checked butcher block tops and they seem to be pretty expensive. No Menards here (Georgia) but a quick search shows a 3x12 (or at least 3x6 and getting 2 of them) is going to cost upwards of $300-400 minimum. Not a terrible price but I can do 2 slabs of MDF for under $100 that would do what I want. Although, butcher block would be really nice to have!

Have you considered just doing a door desk? If you want a 3' deep desk it sounds like it might be a good fit. Find a nice flat door you like at a home store and just lay it down on some legs or supports that you like. If you have filing cabinets, those can be your support with some rubber bumpers to stop sliding/squeaking.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--N4...

My buddy used this video to build a black iron pipe desk. He adjusted the lengths so his PC fits on one of the shelves. It turned out fantastic!

He actually got the plank flooring free from a flooring store. They were just leftovers from some installs.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Have you considered just doing a door desk? If you want a 3' deep desk it sounds like it might be a good fit. Find a nice flat door you like at a home store and just lay it down on some legs or supports that you like. If you have filing cabinets, those can be your support with some rubber bumpers to stop sliding/squeaking.

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Just don't get hollow core..... Also, at least in Minneapolis area, there are house reuse centers, where you can get some really cool old doors that would work well and give your desk some character!

Ana White has tons of desk plans for all skill levels. Any on there which look like something you'd want?

Not sure what kind of inventory Ikea has in united states, but around here Ikea has solid wood table tops with good price/quality ratio.

Forgot about Ikea. Here's a bamboo butcherblock table top that is nearly 5' x 31".

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Does this count as helping?