What kind of wood should I use for a desktop?
Cheery wood, elm, maple, cedar, and rosewood are the best types of wood to be used on a homemade desk. The desktop can also be made from cheaper alternatives such as 18mm plywood, MDF, MDO, or particleboard.
Is it cheaper to build your own desk?
Cheap: Making something yourself instead of buying it almost always saves some money—in this case, it’s going to cut hundreds of dollars from the price. That’s about half the price of most store-bought desks this size.
How thick should a desktop be?
As a general rule, 19mm thick sheets of plywood are the sweet spot for desk building. At this thickness you have the required strength to keep your desk strong in most circumstances and not have to worry about warping.
What are 3 types of wood?
Before we get into all of the different wood varieties and their common uses, it’s important to understand the three basic types of wood you might encounter. These three types are: softwoods, hardwoods, and engineered wood. Each of these different wood types can be used in a number of different ways.
How much should a good desk cost?
Most computer office desks cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000. The price depends on the quality of materials, size, and the configuration.
How much does a wooden desk cost?
As you start moving into solid hardwoods, expect the price to range more in the $800-$1500 bracket, with higher-end desks costing even more.
Is 3/4 plywood strong enough for desktop?
If you really want to stiffen it up you could screw on a piece of angle iron underneath to give it strength. I built a hardwood 3/4 ply desk not to long ago and edge banded it with solid birch. It also had plywood base that the legs were attached to and the desktop rests on. It is plenty strong.
What material is used for a desktop?
If you want to build your own you would need to use a hard wood such as oak, cherry, or walnut. You would then join all of the suitable length pieces together to give you the width you want (36″ allowing for a little extra for milling). Then you would cut it to size and sand and finish it.