I have an office-style desk, with a 25mm thick wooden top. I know it is fake-wood because there's edge trim around the lot. But its not enough surface area, so I wish to abut a "return" in such a way there is nothing to interfere with my legs/knees, so standing a 4 legged table to the side is not going to work for me.
I have a suitable small top, and purchased two kit legs for the outer end. That's all good. My question is how do I join them, for support and no exposed lip?
The new top appears to have thin strips of real wood as a veneer, but the core remains fake wood. There is a "wood-like grain" laminate on both faces.
The original desk has a top that can slide to the right by 100mm for access to a cable trough on the rear - so that grey metal bar has about 6mm of clearance to the underside of the top, and the top can be exposed to work on it.
Options for butt-joining the tops - The two tops should be co-planar and have no lip. A small recess is acceptable, from the corner chamfer. I suspect the rubbery trim would peel off acceptably well, but the wood veneer won't.
Pocket screws - use some long wood screws at a slight angle, up from below so they terminate inside the original top.
Some kind of metal plate below both pieces, screwed upward. Often called a "mending plate" or similar.
Benchtop joiner kit- uses two circular recesses excavated into the underside of the top, and is then tightened.
- To make removal easier, would two L brackets mounted back to back with a bolt through them be an option? Downside, nothing here holds the top of the edge closed.
- Other methods I haven't thought of ?
Your thoughts ?