I have an IKEA Micke desk with a pull out drawer, which i want to replace with a pull out tray instead (ie without the sides) to carry the keyboard and mouse. Size around 65cm by 22cm, 16-20mm thick.
Question : what would be best timber to make this shelf. I was thinking the melamine shelves like https://www.bunnings.com.au/flexi-storage-600-x-350-x-16mm-white-timber-shelf_p2583995 cut to size.
I have a circular saw at home but unsure if MDF can be cut with the saw to give me a good clean finish?
Or do bunnings offer a cutting service if i provide measurements.
Alternatively if i use my circular saw, should i be using a solid white timber pine panel instead for cleaner finish and can you recommend one pls?
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Sounds like a great project @sydneysider.
While you're changing up your desk, you may want to take a look at our Top 10 most popular desk projects for more ideas.
Thanks @StevieB for the additional ideas.
While we are it at, I also browsed through the desk projects you shared and I could also explore them as options. So besides modifying the Ikea desk, could you also pls advise what is the minimum thickness for panel board if I were to build the desk from scratch (based on below ideas). 33mm look standard , not sure if I can use thinner. Also is it possible to install and sliding keyboard shelf under the desk and how do I go about it.
It's great that you've received fantastic advice from @JoeAzza. Let me answer your first post on how to attach a keyboard shelf to your existing desk. The key to replacing your drawer is to make sure the panel you will use is the same width as your drawer. Not the drawer front but the actual drawer box itself. By cutting a panel that is the same width as the drawer, you can reuse the drawer runners and attach them to the side of the panel.
I've drawn up some samples for you. The sizes indicated are examples, so please adjust them to the sizes required. To get a clean cut on the melamine, I suggest cutting your cutting line with Stanley FatMax Retractable Knife. This will prevent the melamine from chipping when you cut it with your circular saw. Please keep us updated, we would love to see your project once it's finished.
If you need more advice or information, please let us know.
Just read that you want to build your own desk, with a keyboard and mouse pull out tray, I found this on a Youtube video,
it's an Ikea pull out shoe shelf which can be easily modified to a keyboard tray. or you could buy 2 drawer runners from Bunnings and make your own, it's a bit more work where you have to make the tray and supports for the drawer rails, .@Ericl may be able to sketch a drawing for you.
Bunnings drawer runners.
I liked the idea about the pull out keyboard tray, I decided to make a similar idea, however, I wanted to keep the drawer, so I made this shelf that fits into the drawer, it didn't take long to make, I had some 16mm white melamine. This desk is only temporary, I want to make a longer desk later on similar to to one you wanted to make, 32 mm thickness is good, any thinner it would sag in the middle unless you put supports under the table. .@Ericl might be able to add to extra instructions on supports for the new desk.
See images below.