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Jenson71
07-27-2006, 05:22 PM
I'm making a desk. The desk will be sqaure, about 3' wide and 3' long. On the back half of the top of the desk, I want to put a shelf. The shelf needs to be strong enough to hold at least 90lbs. My question is this: What kind of wood should I use, since it needs to be very strong and durable? Thanks.

penguinz
07-27-2006, 05:23 PM
petrified wood.

hypersensitiveZO6
07-27-2006, 05:25 PM
TD wood.

Jenson71
07-27-2006, 05:25 PM
petrified wood.

I'd also like it to be somewhat affordable, and able to buy it at a Menards/Lowes type place.

BIG_DADDY
07-27-2006, 05:27 PM
I'm making a desk. The desk will be sqaure, about 3' wide and 3' long. On the back half of the top of the desk, I want to put a shelf. The shelf needs to be strong enough to hold at least 90lbs. My question is this: What kind of wood should I use, since it needs to be very strong and durable? Thanks.

I thought you knew all about wood being a rough rider and all.

penguinz
07-27-2006, 05:28 PM
Use either Oak or Maple.

Jenson71
07-27-2006, 05:30 PM
Use either Oak or Maple.

Thank you very much. How strong is Black Walnut?

penguinz
07-27-2006, 05:32 PM
It is strong. But expensive. Great looking wood if you are looking for a natural dark wood.

Jenson71
07-27-2006, 05:33 PM
It is strong. But expensive. Great looking wood if you are looking for a natural dark wood.

Because I have a lot of it. And I can use it. If it is just as strong as maple or oak (or better yet, stronger) I would use it.

BIG_DADDY
07-27-2006, 05:34 PM
Because I have a lot of it. And I can use it. If it is just as strong as maple or oak (or better yet, stronger) I would use it.

It's plenty strong for what you want dude.

|Zach|
07-27-2006, 05:34 PM
Just use wood that is soaked in the blood of your enemies.

Always a Chief fan
07-27-2006, 05:34 PM
Use Oak. It's pretty, it's strong, and will hold 90 lbs.

|Zach|
07-27-2006, 05:35 PM
It's plenty strong for what you want dude.
Yup

BIG_DADDY
07-27-2006, 05:36 PM
Just use wood that is soaked in the blood of your enemies.

ROFL

unlurking
07-27-2006, 06:08 PM
Not a carpenter here, but I would think that leg and table top thickness/design would be more important to weight bearing discussions.

Rain Man
07-27-2006, 06:54 PM
If you have a lot of Black Walnut, then why are you wanting to buy more wood somewhere else?

kcfanintitanhell
07-27-2006, 07:13 PM
If you have a lot of Black Walnut, then why are you wanting to buy more wood somewhere else?

Damn, if you have a lot of black walnut, sell it!
Make a desk out of particle board, and take a cruise or something.

Baconeater
07-27-2006, 07:24 PM
Not a carpenter here, but I would think that leg and table top thickness/design would be more important to weight bearing discussions.

Absolutely. The strength of wood is directly proportionate to the height. I'm not sure what he's using or what he has supporting it. If the board is only 3/4" thick over a span of 3', while it may not fail, it could sag over time.

Fish
07-27-2006, 07:42 PM
So Jenson is looking for thick black wood.......?

unlurking
07-27-2006, 07:52 PM
So Jenson is looking for thick black wood.......?
hahaha

rep

jspchief
07-27-2006, 09:14 PM
You can use any type of wood you want. It's just a matter of designing the shelf properly. A 1x2x3/4 beam running across the bottom of the shelf at front and back would likely be plenty of support for a shelf that only spans 3'.

jspchief
07-27-2006, 09:24 PM
Forgive my MS Paint skills, but here is a crude drawing of what I'm referring to.

|Zach|
07-27-2006, 09:26 PM
Forgive my MS Paint skills, but here is a crude drawing of what I'm referring to.
**** that Bronco shelf.

jspchief
07-27-2006, 09:31 PM
**** that Bronco shelf.Jeezuz, it didn't even occur to me.

I would use that particular shelf to hold piles of shit.

|Zach|
07-27-2006, 09:36 PM
I would use that particular shelf to hold piles of shit.
ROFL ROFL

Organization is important.

Dartgod
07-27-2006, 09:50 PM
Balsa should do the trick.

cdcox
07-27-2006, 09:56 PM
Damn, if you have a lot of black walnut, sell it!
Make a desk out of particle board, and take a cruise or something.

Seriously. If you build this out of black walnut you will have one very expensive desk. If this is your first carprentry project, I wouldn't do it out of black walnut, even if it was free, just out of respect for the wood and how long it took to grow it. You can build some servicable college type furniture out of pine or even particle board that will hold all your books just fine.

Phobia
07-27-2006, 10:34 PM
Black Walnut? Give me that lumber and I'll provide you with plenty of oak for your project.

Iowanian
07-27-2006, 10:37 PM
What is your price range?

Does it need to look really nice or just be effective for its intended use?

That Walnut is very valuable....Its also very strong and will look very, very nice if you finish it right.

jspchief
07-28-2006, 05:59 AM
As others have mentioned, Walnut is pretty expensive.

Beyond that, it's a very hard wood. That means you're going to need quality tools to work with it. Saws with adequate power, and quality sharp blades on everything. Otherwise you're going to get a lot of burning when cutting.

Judging by the questions being asked, It sounds liek you're pretty inexperienced. I would recommend using yellow pine. It's cheaper and softer (easier to work with). And it's also readily available in a lot more sizes than hardwoods are. If you use a quality conditioner before staining, you can get great results from pine.

Lzen
07-28-2006, 08:40 AM
Use particle board. And be sure to soak it in water for a few hours before you start. That'll help it become really strong.


:)

Dartgod
07-28-2006, 08:46 AM
Use particle board. And be sure to soad it in water for a few hours before you start. That'll help it become really strong.


:)
ROFL

That's better than my balsa wood smartass reply.

Iowanian
07-28-2006, 09:08 AM
Measure 3 times, Cut once.