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How to improve butcher block desk stability?

I built a simple desk out of 72" butcher block and H frame metal legs. You can move the table side to side slightly. If I add a 1x4 or 2x4 piece of wood to the back of the legs along the bottom, ...
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Will this plywood desk break/sag?

The L brackets are rated for 60kg each. Do I need to add more support or is this strong enought?
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Mounting LED strip to a desk setup

I'm planning on adding on a LED lighting to my desk setup to get a nice, smooth glow behind the monitor on a wall. So the plan is to mount an LED strip on the back edge of the desk so that it lightens ...
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Are desk legs with one screw strong enough for a desk? [closed]

I see cheap metal legs such as IKEA's ADILS for sale, and I wanted to know if they're considered strong enough for a desk. The scenario is that I have a wood "plate" which I would like to ...
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Will 98 inch * 24 inch * 1.5 inch solid birch desk sag if it's only supported by two Ikea alex drawers on each end? [closed]

Deciding if I need to add a support beam in the middle or if it will be fine on its own.
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Joining two desktops - options

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 ...
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Vertical L-Shaped Desk to support 3 monitors without attaching to wall

I am trying to figure out if my plans for a computer desk setup would work. What I want to do is build a backboard that would be attached only to my desk and have it support 3 monitors (<16KG) ...
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Why can't I get my caster wheels to engage their inserts?

I drilled a hole into 4 desk legs to add caster wheels. Added the metal inserts into which the casters will slide into. I can't manage to push the wheels into the the inserts. For some reason even ...
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Problem attaching the door of the storage unit of a IKEA MALM desk

I recently bought and assembled a MALM desk. The assembly went smoothly with no issue until the last step where I need to attach the door. The hinges and the brackets are screwed in in their right ...
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How to fix wobbly table/improve stability?

i want to fix my table so it doesn't wobbly sideway. it's a little annoying because when i move sligthly my monitor goes shaky because of the wobbly. i try to use using this "white thing" ...
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How thick should my plywood desk be?

I am looking to build a desk that will be 220cm x 55cm (86 inches x 21 inches). It'll need to hold at least a PC a games console, and three Monitors. How thick does it need to be?
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How can i fix my wobbly table?

I have finally entered the world of DIY and built a desk based on the design of a coffee table we bought. Unfortunately it wobbles from front to back as you are sitting at it to the extent I can't ...
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Where do I install my hairpin legs on this 8 foot long butcher block for my new workstation desk?

So this is my first DYI wood project for my new workstation desk. I purchased this Baltic birch butcher block and finished it myself. Not bad for my first go! It's 8 feet wide, 25" deep and 1.75 (...
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Care for solid oak desk [closed]

I'm looking to make a desk from some solid oak, and want something that will last me a long time. I was wondering if such a piece of wood can be 'renewed' over time by say sanding to strip the stain ...
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What Support/Legs would i need for a 2m Solid Oak Computer Desk?

I am currently decorating a room which is going to be my office and there is a 2m space for a computer desk. I am thinking of ordering a solid oak worktop to use as the desk (2M X 720 X 40mm ~46kg) ...
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Best way to spread load on monitor clamp [duplicate]

I saw this monitor clamp crush a hollow Ikea desk: To prevent this, the load of the clamp should be spread. But spread how? Say I had a 1.5mm thick sheet of steel. If I placed it here, would the ...
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Wall-to-wall desk with battens

I'm planning to build a wall-to-wall desk in a brick alcove using wooden battens to hold the desk up. I'm doing this post to find out what size screws and plugs I need and if I'm using the correct ...
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Mounting computer to a particle board

I recently purchased a standing desk and attached a top from Ikea that has a particle board core. I've ran into the issue where cable management is really annoying when my desk goes up and down so I ...
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Why does my desk lamp(LED) seems to flicker very fast when capturing through camera lens? [closed]

Does led work this way? I have tested two LED light bulbs by capturing them through phone's camera(Galaxy Note 8)and both seems to flicker/flash very fast. Is this a problem with my table desk lamps? ...
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How to fix drill hole in metal desk

I ordered this desk here but one of the sides' holes in one of the legs won't allow any of the screws to screw in. What are my options? It's definitely the screw the directions are saying to use but I ...
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Polycrylic getting sticky and peeling/wearing off

I coated a bare wood acacia table for a computer desk with Minwax polycrylic about 4 months ago and made sure it was dried the recommended 24 hours before regular use. 4 months later, I noticed the ...
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Modify a wooden desk so the legs either fold or are removable-and-reattachable

I own a janky old wooden desk, and have been using it for 20 years. Before that it was someone's kitchen table, and its at least 50 years old and has had many modifications - its not an antique ...
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Desk stress with grommet holes

I'm looking to make a desk for myself. For the surface, I'm planning on using an oak kitchen surface (either 30mm or 40mm thick) and I'll have 4 60mm holes cut to support desk grommets for cables, ...
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Particle board desk top reinforcement - do i need it? how to do it?

I'm putting together a desktop for my pc working space and I'm on a tight budget. I ordered a particle board kitchen counter top, 38 mm thick (1.496"), which also will be laminated with HPL. The ...
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Warped Table Top

This is my first project. I got the table top glued but then i believe, because of not clamping properly, i got a warp on one side in my board. Please advise: If i try to screw the board to my base ...
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Wobble in the Desk I am building

I have started to build a farmhouse table and now facing an issue in the build. The Storage Area i have built is rocking and i believe one of the legs as shown in the attached picture is a slight 1 - ...
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Computer desk vibrates and hits wall while I type, need solution?

Like the title says, when I type on my computer desk, my computer desk vibrates and hits against my wall. I was thinking about mounting L-brackets to the bottom of the desk to the studs in my wall, ...
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Will a 72 x 24 x 1 3/4" Maple tabletop sag if supported by only four legs?

My current working desk is a 1" thick table. Even though there is not much weight on top of the desk (screen, keyboard, laptop ), the table's own weight, given its top dimensions, 60" x 30" ( 150cm ...
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How can I cover a window in a nice way

I have my gaming place and workplace in front of a window because this is the most convenient and silent place I can have it in my apartment. However, The back of my screens is visible to the outside ...
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How to unlock a jammed cam lock

I am trying to disassemble an IKEA desk, and need to get the cam locks off and out to take the desk apart. The issue is not prying them out, it's turning them to get them unlocked. Most of them ...
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Wall guide for sit-stand desk to improve stability

I have a sit-stand desk which moves 50cm vertically. It can be quite wobbly due to the weight of the desk top, and is easy to oscillate side-side or front-back. With static furniture, my response ...
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"Floating" desk - Avoiding wood sag, aluminium right angle support

I'm building a new desk in my study, and I'm looking for some advice/guidance on structural strength. The desk will be an L shape, mounted wall to wall along one side of the room, and desk to leg ...
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Thinking about adding a Keyboard tray to a MDF Desk, is it safe?

So I am thinking of buying this Desk (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQDPP38/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A1N6DT631H7VR6&psc=1) And these sliding arms (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...
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Floating desk on concrete block wall

I have a concrete block wall with dot and dab plasterboard. I am looking to attach a wall to wall floating desk to it. I appreciate a number of questions relating to floating desks have been asked ...
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DIY Desk - Trestle stability

I am trying to build my desk. I can see a lot of positive comments about the Karlby worktops from IKEA and I think the 2.46m x 0.63m walnut worktop is exactly what I need. My problem is that I ...
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Bracket specification for wall-mounted desk

I've ordered a new desktop which will be made of solid oak. Its dimensions are 2300mm (L) x 820mm (W) (approx. 90.5" x 32"). I doubt it's relevant except for estimating its weight but it's 27mm (1") ...
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Support for butcher block desk

If I am planning on buying a product such as the one shown here and to support it using a solution such as the braces shown here - How often would you place a brace - Is every stud (~16") overkill, ...
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Broken Slide Stop Clip

In removing my desk drawers, I broke one of the 12 clips when I squeezed the top, it snapped. Where can I find a replacement? Is there a name for this type of clip?
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Building computer desk with Solid core door (Help please)

if you're reading this I thank you for taking the time! I am a beginner at this type of stuff but I know how to use saws and make cuts. To cut to the chase, I am trying to build a nice and sturdy ...
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8' Ikea Countertop Desk Build - Support Question

I'm working on building a custom 8' long desk using the Ikea "Karlby" countertop in walnut. I'm planning to put hairpin legs on each of the four corners, but since the span of the desk is so long, I ...
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Can a large hole be reliably drilled in a table _by hand_?

The Ikea Fixa 5-piece hole saw set can be used to drill a hole in a tabletop. I intend to use the smallest in this set. The table is too big and even though the monitor arm is quite long, it is not ...
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How thick should plywood be when building a desk?

I'd like to build a desk from a sheet of wood and four metal legs at each corner. Appearance is not critical; a rugged built-from-scratch look is quite fine. Dimensions will be 1200mm x 650mm (47" x ...
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Removable desk attachment

Background I try to build an attachment for my desk. The attachment will be a place to put my joystick/throttle while gaming. This attachment needs to be easily removable (many times), preferably ...
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Fine tuning the location of an office chair on thick carpets

Rolling an office chair to one's home is problematic. You do want the comfort and flexibility, but the carpet is thick. If you don't use a carpet protector, it's only a matter of time until the carpet ...
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What do I need to know for wall-mounted desk

I'm trying to build a rather large desk that's going to hold 2 computers 2 monitors and accessories associated with them, and well, 2 humans working all day long and occasionally resting on the desk. ...
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Mounting Computer Under Particle Board Desk

I would like to mount a computer under a desktop made from particle board, the desktop is 1/2 inch thick, the computer plus mount weighs about 25lbs. Would the particle board hold? How could I mount ...
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what would happen if I don't put a finish on my new computer desk?

I just got this to make a computer desk, it is made of bamboo and it is 74in x 40in x 1.5in I added a keyboard tray under it so my keyboard+mouse are not on top of it Since it is big I might, on ...
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Earthquake anchors for a standing desk

I have an IKEA adjustable standing desk I'd like to anchor to the wall in case of an earthquake. Requirements: The desk should still be adjustable, that is, I don't want to anchor it just up or just ...
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Solution for desk chair on an uneven floor

Under my desk in the office is an uneven expansion joint on the floor with a thin metal plate. An average desk chair with 2 inch (5cm) wheels sticks at the joint or needs some velocity to roll over it....
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Cable Management [closed]

I have a **** tonne of wires behind my monitor. As my room is too damn small, I am using chest of drawers as a table for my desktop PC. The "table" has no holes at the back to feed any cables through, ...
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