[clug-talk] OT: Work table selection

Darren L xlr8me at gmail.com
Thu May 4 08:23:46 PDT 2006

I bought my desk at Office Place 6 years ago... Has stood up to the test of
time, and 9 moves.

But I do my heavy-ish work and soldering on a coffee table that I picked up
for like $60.  Reinforced that and figured that it's easiest just to get a
cheap one to replace when i do break it.

Otherwise, I've helped someone move in a set of modular stuff which is
amazing --  try searching auctions and when offices move (this set was from
a server room at ATI).

Good luck..

On 5/4/06, Mark Carlson <carlsonmark at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for everybody's replies :-)
> I'm still contemplating what I'm going to do, but I think I'm getting
> close.
> ----Reply #1----
> On 5/3/06, Kin Wong <kwong at csa-pdk.com> wrote:
> > Don't want to use anything from Ikea, particle board will not stand up
> > to any shear forces, though compression forces are ok.
> Yeah, that was one of my two concerns with the Ikea stuff, the other
> being their legs... some of which get wobbly way too quick.
> > What about the baker's racks -- if you have been to vfxweb, they use
> > them to hold monitors for sale.  The shelves are adjustable and each
> > shelf can hold up a couple hundred pounds.  They can be had from costco
> > for less than 100 dollars.
> That sounds like a great idea!  I don't think I'd use it for my
> workbench, but it would be great for holding stuff right beside it.
> ----Reply #2----
> On 5/4/06, Shawn <sgrover at open2space.com> wrote:
> > I've seen similar workbenches at Canadian Tire, and Home Depot - keeping
> in
> > mind you are looking at a "workbench" and not a desk.
> I'll have to look into that
> > Failing that a do it yourself solution might be more cost efficient...
> >
> > Ikea sells their corporate table tops individually.  I've stood on these
> > things, while they were holding some heavy servers.  With the right legs
> and
> > supports on them they can hold a fair bit.  And you can piece one of
> these
> > together for under $300 (or less even) - and I think the better table
> tops
> > are made of real wood, not particle board.
> >
> > Another DIY alternative is to get some of the angle brackets for
> building
> > shelves, and use them to build the workbench you want, in conjunction to
> 1/2"
> > ply-wood.  (I'm thinking the 1/4" angle bracket type of shelving..., not
> the
> > cheap tin stuff.)
> Hmm... I had pondered that a few weeks ago, and now that you mention
> it, its starting to sound like my best choice.  I think I can get a
> good deal on Unistrut through work.  Combining that with either an
> Ikea tabletop (the Unistrut should reinforce it enough to be usable)
> or the particleboard+laminate, and I think I might just have a bench!
> > If you REALLY want something solid that can hold a lot of weight, my
> roommate
> > is a B class welder and routinely works with metal up to 3 or 5 inches
> thick.
> > He could probably build you something custom to meet your needs for the
> price
> > of that desk you were originally looking at.  But you might need a
> forklift
> > to move it.. :)
> Yeah, that might be a little too sturdy to get into my apartment :-)
> -Mark
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