I'm new to the whole D.I.Y table scene and I was wondering what the difference was between Beech Laminated Panel and Jointed Beech Panel. The two items I am looking at are https://www.bunnings.com.au/specrite-1200-x-600-x-18mm-finger-jointed-beech-panel_p8330199 and https://www.bunnings.com.au/2200-x-600-x-26mm-beech-laminated-panel_p8330041 (I will cut this down if I feel it is too long but looking at other forums, cutting laminated beech is fine). I am also considering mounting probably a monitor to the desk so it would also be great if someone could tell me which type of panel is sturdier and harder.
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Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @DLI. It's fabulous that you've joined us, and many thanks for your question.
I'll include some images of my finger-jointed benchtop. Finger-jointing is a method of connecting two timber pieces, so there is the maximum amount of surface area for glue. It's a stronger connection than butting the square ends up against each other. You can not see the finger-jointing on the benchtop surface.
The products that state they are laminated refer to the fact that they have multiple square pieces of timber glued together. These do not have a finger-jointed construction method.
Either of these two construction methods would be suitable for your table, with the finger-jointed products being slightly stronger.
Please let me know if you need further assistance or have questions.
Thank you for the advice! I will stick with the jointed ones.
Have you decided on how you'll be constructing the desk @DLI? You might like to read through these panel desk discussions for inspiration:
I look forward to following along with your project and can't wait to see your results.