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12' desk
#409834 01/27/15 10:32 PM
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So I think I'm finally getting my garage converted. We'll be moving our computers in there so we'll need a desk. The best solution I can think of is a 12' long shelf/desktop along one wall. I've found a guy on Etsy that can make some very nice heavy duty reinforced brackets. This place is local and can provide the wood (144"x24"x1.5" african mahogany). It's real nice, they'll even bullnose an edge for me, but will cost about $600 - unfinished! That brings an extremely simple shelf/desk to $750.

So my question is...less expensive solutions that will still have the same look/feel I'm going for - any ideas?


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spiffnme #409840 01/27/15 11:49 PM
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hehehehe...just called the place. That online price was wrong. I've got two quotes now, both are north of $900 for a piece of lumber like that in walnut (didn't get price for mahogany, but it's likely similar). I thought $600 was too high! WTF!?


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spiffnme #409843 01/28/15 12:39 AM
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I am completely unsurprised by that price. A 12' long 2x12 of cheapo pine will run you north of $50. More exotic woods... well, they're much more expensive than pine even in easier sizes like 1x4s!


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spiffnme #409846 01/28/15 01:10 AM
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I may just have to suck it up then. This might be too beautiful to say no to.

http://shophouseofhardwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/custom-hardwood-tabletops.jpg


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spiffnme #409853 01/28/15 05:16 AM
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I'd consider laminating and staining my own before spending that much on a slab.
It does look nice but so does the wad of $50's is robbing from you.




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spiffnme #409857 01/28/15 07:26 AM
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I'd love some pretty wood shelves as opposed to the melamine ones I bought for my media storage for $11.something apiece, but I decided to be thrifty and lazy. I'd love to swap out what I've done with something nicer down the road, though, but yeah, I think I'd want to learn to finish the wood myself rather than plunk down that kind of change.

Those brackets and that wood would look very nice.

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CV #409858 01/28/15 07:50 AM
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CV, I believe the price is unfinished. I'm not surprised at the price. We've cut down most of the worlds large trees. What's left is very dear.


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Originally Posted By: fredk
CV, I believe the price is unfinished. I'm not surprised at the price. We've cut down most of the worlds large trees. What's left is very dear.


Oh, yes, I glossed over that. I'll be in the budget section of the lumber yard.

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spiffnme #409867 01/28/15 10:44 PM
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Reclaimed wood would get my first vote. More character, better wood, etc.




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brwsaw #409891 01/29/15 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted By: brwsaw
Reclaimed wood would get my first vote. More character, better wood, etc.

And a better story.
To say that yep, my desktop came from a sunken Spanish galleon beam...is super nifty.

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