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Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:56:38 am »
This chap on Twitter has molished a rather lovely standing desk
https://twitter.com/delagoya/status/1278399110886850563

Any thoughts on where I could source a nice bit of timber for a custom desk top?
I live in London or could have it delivered.
I have an orbital polisher and everything for finishing it!

Recommendations for the motorised frame also - there are several on Amazon.
Finally the keyboard drawer- any recommendations?

Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2020, 11:06:54 am »
Try looking in charity or second hand shops for furniture. There are plenty of old tables where the style is not something anyone wants these days (and so cheap) but the timber of the actual table top is lovely and would just need cutting to size and stripping, sanding and refinishing.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 11:21:55 am »
Good advice pcolbeck. There is indeed a charity furniture shop in the Blue in Bermondsey.

Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 12:49:42 pm »
There's a yard in Wandsworth that specialises in massive sawn timber (i.e. the sort of thing you'd use for this type of project.) Not cheap though.
Hardwood kitchen worktops would be another alternative.

Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2020, 01:04:49 pm »
A yard that rebuilds old boats.
I got a lovely piece of oak once that was an off cut for the boatbuilder.
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Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 01:24:50 pm »
This place in Brentwood could be worth a look. https://www.hardwoodoffcuts.co.uk/
Video by Peter Millard. https://youtu.be/9Zm2znjZXM0

Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2020, 08:59:50 am »
Is there one of these places nearby?:

https://www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk/

Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2020, 11:03:40 am »
Finally the keyboard drawer- any recommendations?

A friend put a keyboard drawer under his desktop. See posts 5 and 7 here.


Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2020, 09:15:57 am »
 ;D That is a lovely project.

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Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2020, 09:04:49 pm »
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Re: Desk advice - timber for DIY desktop
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2020, 09:38:19 am »
Thanks Valiant