I'm going to be building a big workbench for my office and am unsure of what timber I should be using for the Apron and was needing some advice.
The table top is 2.1 Metres x 80 CM and 17MM GuaraPLY CD. There will be two 2 Metre ribs along the long edge and 5 cross ribs for strength.
The height from the floor to the underside of the table will be 71CM (As measured agains another table I have here, to guarantee that my gas lift office chairs can match the height)
I am only planning on 4 legs at this stage depending on the strength of the apron and middle spans if that makes sense.
Does anyone have advice for me on the type of apron timber and thickness that I should use?
Exciting project @Fangles. I like a humongous desk too! We have lots of keen woodworkers in the community who I'm sure would be happy to help. Let me tag a few for you so they are alerted to your post - @ProjectPete, @Brad, @Adam_W, @LePallet, @Yorky88, @woodalwaysworks, @r23on, @Poppop, @kel, @MitchellM, @She_Skills.
Let me also extend a very warm welcome to the Workshop community. We're really pleased you could join us and trust you'll receive lots of helpful feedback for this project and plenty of info and inspiration for projects to come. Please post whenever you need a hand or have something to share.
@Fangles Are you planning on staining the desk when you are finished? If so It may be best to stick with a similar colour timber, something like pine. Alternatively i've seen some nice lighter coloured desktops finished off with darker aprons, perhaps something like Tasmanian Oak. You seem to have sufficient bracing going on, so the thickness of the apron will just be cosmetic and possibly more down to your own personal preference.
If it was me I'd be going with a 65 x 19mm Tasmanian Oak Dressed All Round, though it would look super with a 65 x 32mm Tasmanian Oak DAR. The thicker timber would give it a more substantial feel.
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Thanks for the update @Fangles. Great to read that the project is complete.
Have you got any photos you could share? I'm sure community members would love to see your handiwork, and be inspired by the huge workspace.
I have since added another shelf on the lower left and it's a miracle that it all stands straight!