Hey all im just about to put my project together but looking on the different ways of putting it together. what would be the best way to make sure its strong.. first image is having the sides underneath with an extra small bit to support. The small bit will be screwed and sides will be glued.
Second image has the side parts directly to the side with the small support underneath.
So question is which will be the best in terms of structual strength? Weight on top will be around 20kg.
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Hello @Dark looks good! Having assembled a few of these for my kids has shown me some critical lessons.
1. Legs always on the bottom. Never at the side. My first build I placed the legs on the outside/out and sure enough it became gaped because the timber started to shrink it did not look good and was prone to swaying.
2. Always place a bracing piece at the back to prevent shearing and swawing should the desk get accidentally moved.
3 If the shelf is 20mm and the support piece is 20mm then it should be enough to have a screw 30mm/35mm long
4 Always have a center support. 20kg is a lot of weight, I too thought that the monitors were not that heavy. My son called me in after 3 months and sure enough it was bowed.
5 Unless its in your office or somewhere away where the missus can't see it, paint it!
If you ever find yourself bored withe time on your hands give this a go. It will hold all your consoles.
I was looking at my project today and after seeing ya design it def made things make more sence now i can actually see it. Thanks heaps
So this is what my project looks like.
All of these photos are showing pre-glueup and fit nicely just through weight alone. As you can see the whole thing wants to square itself up because rabbets are generally a 90º cut.
The shelf is supported on three sides and so is pretty strong even with the length.
I ended up glueing and using 18mm brad nails to hold it all together.
So heres the final product. Much appreciated to the guy with the sketch up above this post. Was a good learning curve considering i lack the woodwork skills but a bit of research got me curious on the different ways i could of done this. I saw the other posts and yep i may just build something similar again. Stay tuned