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How can I drill a grommet hole in my Ikea desktop?

Of course you can, and it's very easy to do. All you need is an appropriate hole saw. Drill from the top down. If you can, hold or clamp a piece of scrap wood under where you are cutting. That ...
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Wobble in the Desk I am building

How do I rectify this? This is my first project. That's an easy, inexpensive and useful first project. Even if the work is square and accurately cut, it's easy to be off by a couple millimeters. And ...
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Are desk legs with one screw strong enough for a desk?

You're not suppose to attach a table's legs with the table on its side. The legs are never designed for that kind of stress. You're talking about a leg that is at least a meter long. The proper way to ...
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How can I vertically mount a surge protector with keyhole slots under my desk?

Drive four screws, appropriately placed, tight enough for the slots to just barely slip around. Friction may then be enough to hold the box in place. If that isn't good enough for you, drive one more ...
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Can a large hole be reliably drilled in a table _by hand_?

Drill type saws that use a center pilot bit and an outer toothed ring attachment is called a hole saw. They come in a variety of types and qualities, the best being those with three parts - cup-like ...
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What is the ideal method of supporting a 27" deep floating desk across 10 feet of wall?

I built a floating desk with brackets like these. It is critical to fasten the brackets in solid structure (studs). I used fasteners like these.
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Are desk legs with one screw strong enough for a desk?

"Strong enough" is a hard question to answer. There's two kinds of "strong" here. One is the strength against pushing straight down on the desk, and the other is pushing to the ...
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Should I fasten brackets to the wall or desktop first?

As you're just asking about which order to attach the pieces, and not different methods, there is very little difference. Mounting the brackets to the wall first may make it easier to ensure you hit ...
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Steel tube deflection over span

Given the length and aspect ratio that you've proposed, it will be very difficult to meaningfully support the desk the long way. 16' is just way too long to get any support across. Certainly a 2x4 ...
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Attaching a heavy plastic object - of which I can't access the inside - to the side of an office table

Why not create a shelf-like support using two or three angle brackets to support the weight of the docking station? The vertical leg of the bracket could be screwed into the side of the desk, and ...
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How thick should plywood be when building a desk?

Close to what you need, here's a shelf sag calculator. if you imagine each end is supported, a 4' shelf of 0.6" thick ply will hold 30 lbs without issue. If you spent a couple more bucks and added a ...
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How to unlock a jammed cam lock

Basically apply more force. They may break, depending how jammed they are - they are cheap zinc castings most of the time. The screws they connect to are usually steel so they are likely to survive, ...
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Will a 72 x 24 x 1 3/4" Maple tabletop sag if supported by only four legs?

There is a cool website that calculates sag based on a variety of inputs. https://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator/ It also naturally depends upon where you attach the legs. If they were set in from ...
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Wobble in the Desk I am building

Glue a piece of packing to the short leg. or cut the other three legs to match. Make sure that the floor surface is level as a small difference could also cause the issue you face and if it is the ...
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Modify a wooden desk so the legs either fold or are removable-and-reattachable

Adding closure, - I sat on this project for over a year. Then these hinges came up in a random search, so I bought four, fitted them, and the table works well. Its a little wobbly than when it was ...
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Joining two desktops - options

I recently added a desk extension so I had the same problem, I needed the two surfaces to be flush and stable. The solution I came up with was to use a dowel jig to drill dowel holes at the same depth ...
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Trying for a “floating desk” supported by two walls. I think the boards for my frame are too thin at less than 2” – would this be sturdy enough?

First of all, you'll need some way to hold up that free-floating corner. And this is a fairly difficult task. The design you have isn't going to cut it, even if you use much bigger supporting members. ...
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How to brace double layer (2x18mm) plywood against bowing/sagging over a 2.2m span?

You can use a stiffener, something like this. If you want to build it out of wood, a 100mm or so ripped piece the full width can go under the middle at 90 degrees to the underside of the table. Screw ...
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Will 3/4" square steel bar support an 8 foot MDF desktop?

An 8 foot long 3/4" steel rod will sag, rather dramatically, all by itself. The same amount of steel in a different shape (tubing or angle, typically at this scale) would be much stiffer. As ...
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Attaching a heavy plastic object - of which I can't access the inside - to the side of an office table

To go off of what bib recommended, If you would like to keep the same vertical orientation for the dock, I would investigate using a wall mount magazine rack like these one: Some factors you would ...
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Isolating a workstation located in an open space office

Why not just put up sound barrier screens around the noisy desks. To make this work you will have to, as a minimum, keep it to one person per desk and where desks are adjacent move them apart enough ...
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Stopping a standing desks from rocking

If I see correctly, that your table legs are attached directly to the top with no apron at the top. That there is no rack bracing of any sort, short of the 1 1/2" by 3 1/2" faces and sides screwed ...
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Mounting Computer Under Particle Board Desk

While there's no problem mounting things to particle board as others have described, 1/2" is just too thin to work with. I would mount another board under your desk using construction or wood glue, at ...
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How thick should plywood be when building a desk?

I would go with at least 3/4" (or something close to that). I would use the hardwood ply for a desk, it has a much nicer finish and will not dent as easy. The birch ply you get from the box stores ...
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Broken Slide Stop Clip

These clips are from an individual manufacturer and are not a common hardware item. You could contact the drawer-slide manufacturer, who might provide a clip gratis. If that fails, or you wish to ...
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"Floating" desk - Avoiding wood sag, aluminium right angle support

I would not waste time with an aluminium angle iron. It will being next to nothing in terms of real support for the front edge of your desk. Instead you should look at something like steel rectangular ...
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Wall-to-wall desk with battens

Given the lengthwise span and the truncated support at the right end, I'd use cleats on the ends and two brackets across the back. 25mm MDF won't handle that load without a lot of bounce and some ...
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How can i fix my wobbly table?

Yes, put some panels or diagonal bracing behind those end shelves. eg: bottom of left rear leg to top of left front leg, and the same on the right.
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Vertical L-Shaped Desk to support 3 monitors without attaching to wall

Your plan should work quite well assuming you do not mount your monitors too high and make it all top-heavy. I also assume this will be pushed up against a wall so that it cannot easily fall backwards ...
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Vertical L-Shaped Desk to support 3 monitors without attaching to wall

The structural question is: what will provide support for the moment-force of the monitors hanging off the backboard? You can provide torque support for upper back-panel, by means of side panels as ...
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