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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:17 pm 
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well im looking to start making the office desks and storage as soon as i get the design as i want it.

but at the moment im after some advice as what materials i should be using and what fixings to use

im looking to build this or something very similar to this as the main desk area
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im looking at making the desk in three parts. the seating areas as one part each and then the main area in the middle that houses two computers as another part

edit: - id like to finish the desk off by painting it the same colour as the room/similar or white

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:33 pm 
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It would help if we knew what level of experience you have and what sort of toolkit you possess, but, either way I'll give some general advice...

18mm MR-MDF would probably be your best choice of material as it paints out well. You will need some form of circular saw, guide fence (can be home-made), vacuum (for the dust), a pair of trestles and a sacrificial cutting table top to size the sheets. Don't depend on B&Q to do it for you - they often get no closer than 2 or 3mm which simply isn't good enough. Screw together using chipboard or carcass screws, deep pilot drilled, counter bored and countersunk then after screwing together filled with 2-pack and sanded (requires a machine sander). I'd probably make two separate units for the computers, plus two end "legs" and then a back panel. Make the tops as separate items and fix it all together with screws and plates. the reason is that MDF is very heavy. I'd also avoid using the halving joints you show - they are an American "feature" which weaken MDF (Yanks habitually work in plywood and IMHO the don't have a clue about how to use MDF or MFC from what I've seen and read)

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