Hi I’m looking at making two desks for my partner and I as we move into our new appartment. What are my options for desk tops? It seems like there are several places on the website that have wood panels but not all the same size, or cost…
im hoping to get tops to about 1600-1800x900mm that I can stain or varnish and attach some ikea adjustable legs on as I am tall and most sitting desks aren’t the right height for me ergonomically.
any advice welcome and appreciated!
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @abarrow. It's fabulous that you've joined us, and many thanks for your question about constructing a desk.
900mm is fairly deep for a desk, and you'll find most of our panel products go up to 600mm. We do have the Selex 2100x900mm 30mm Clear Laminated Pine Panel, which you could cut down to suit your 1600-1800mm length requirement. As this is a Pine panel, you'll be able to stain and varnish it to your desired appearance.
If a standard Taskmaster 700 x 50mm Black Steel Table Leg was not high enough, you might like to consider using Kaboodle Chrome Island Benchtop Leg - 2 Pack, which would give you an additional 155-185mm of height.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for the quick reply. I am more interested in a harder wood than pine as I know writing straight on to paper on pine will leave track marks and id like to have a durable surface that lasts.
I guess my focus is more on the 900 depth than ability to stain it, Im pretty set on having a deeper than 600mm desk as I need to make sure there is enough space between my monitor and eyes while taking hand written notes for university and my current desk at 700mm is too shallow for my liking which is why I have gone down the route of making a desk rather than going to ikea or officeworks.
I have seen that some Bunnings have the ability to cut to size, is there a shop in WA that will do that without making the cost astronomical?
Panel products like these are not suitable to be cut in-store. However, they can easily be cut down at home with a circular saw. Personally, I like to lay down some masking tape on both sides of the panels and then mark out the guidelines on them. This means that there is minimal tear out of the timber when the cuts are made through the tape.
Thanks, The ash is great options, though it appears unavailable online or anywhere in WA. It seems hard to find these larger than 600mm width panels online, if I go instore to Subiaco homebase, will they have these sorts of panels for me to have a look at? cutting it down to length is no issue, I have access to a circular saw, and plan to round the edges with a router.
As for treatment, what do you recommend for desks? Im pretty unknowledgeable with treating wood so any explanation will help haha
I've just spoken with the team at Bunnings Subiaco and the only panels they have wider than 600mm are the AraucoPly 2100 x 900 x 30mm Clear Pine FJ Laminated Panel. You might like to speak with the Special Orders team to see what we could order in for you.
In regards to coatings, you generally would use a hard clear coat like Cabot's 500ml Satin Water Based Cabothane Clear Polyurethane Varnish. This protects the timber from staining and those track marks you were mentioning earlier. If you wanted to change the colour at the same time, you would use a stain and varnish. Here's a video showing How to varnish a timber tabletop.
Thanks for talking to them for me! what would be my wood type options at that 900mm width? I will definitely look at the varnish and stain combo. is there a difference for desk surfaces between oil and water based? I think I like the look of oil based better...
Great to see that you've already received helpful advice from @MitchellMc. He'll be happy to help further when he's back on the site on Friday.
In the meantime, you might like to speak with the Special Orders team at your local store to see what wood options we could order in for you.
I personally like to work with water based stain and sealer for the shorter drying time. Mind you there is nothing wrong with oil based stains and sealers. It all comes down to preference and personal choice. If you've worked with it before you will know how the stain and sealer will behave when used on timber. But at the same time using a water based one gives you the opportunity to try it out and see what kind of results you can get. Plus it adds to your knowledge of stains and sealers. As far as your bench top is concerned, there are choices to order some in but like you said you don't want it to be astronomical. I totally understand that and we are trying to go for best value. Your options are Kaboodle timber bench tops, bamboo tops at 2400x900 currently priced at 778.00 subject to availability of course. Then there is THINK timber bench top in Beech 2400x900 priced at 622.00, please be aware that both these tops will need to be stained and sealed. The other project panels at that size that @MitchellMc mentioned are the only ones that are currently available. You could also do it in plywood AA grade for a superior top finish, you would have to join 2 sheets together to achieve a 36mm thickness. One way to protect your desk from pen damage is to purchase a desk writing mat, it is made of PVC material and is transparent and hence will neatly blend in with your desk. The mat will take the brunt of the writing damage while keeping your desk blemish free. I hope my recommendations help. Please keep us updated with your project and if there is anything else we can assist with please post it here on workshop.
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It's great to see the knowledgeable @redracer01 has been assisting.
I like working with the water-based options as well. I have used oil-based coatings several times before, but on one particular project, it yellowed, and I wasn't thrilled with that. I've never had any issues with water-based coatings before, and as Red has mentioned, they dry much quicker. The other reason I go with water-based is that brushes are far easier to clean. I'm a bit lazy, and if I use something oil-based, I know I'll throw the brush out instead of cleaning it.