For context, I'm no professional but I'm comfortable figuring things out with advice/instructions. I'm planning on building an L-shaped desk for my kids. I've already selected the important materials, but I have some questions on assembly. First, here are the pieces I am using (I will put pictures at the end of the post).
- 3 Pottery Barn cabinets/pedestals (link)
- All three are 16" wide x 20" deep x 29" high
- 2 butcher block slabs (link) and (link)
- One is 74" x 25" x 1.5"
- The other is 98" x 25" x 1.5"
Here is a diagram of how I plan to configure these pieces:
Here are my questions. I'm super excited to receive any advice you are willing to offer, but assume if you suggest something I will need a good reference (e.g. if you suggest a ledger board and you know of a good reference, can you point me to it or tips?). Again, I'm no pro.
- Obviously the longer butcher block needs something to support it on the side with no cabinet. I suppose I could add a couple pipe legs? What is my best bet for getting something the exact right height as the other cabinet? See my wall desk question below, maybe that is my best bet?
- On the longer butcher block, I'm going to have some weight there including a computer and heavy hutch. What should I do to support this length? I want to stay away from legs in the front of the desk.
- On the shorter butcher block, will the two cabinets be enough to support the butcher block?
- I assumed I would make this a wall desk, but I suppose it doesn't have to be. It might help with supporting the desk at the back (especially on the 98" piece). I've seen there are options such as adding a ledger board on the wall. Pros/cons of making this a wall desk?
- How should I attach the two pieces of butcher block?
- How should I attach the cabinets to the butcher block?
- Obviously the cabinet depth is 5" shorter than the depth of the butcher block. I'd like to have the front of the cabinets flush with the front of the desk. Therefore, I'll have a 5" gap at the back. Aesthetically, do you think this will be an issue? Any suggestions on how to address this?
Here are pictures of the pedestals I am using:
Thank you in advance for your time and help!