Step 2: Painting the Plywood

My wife is a graphic designer and aesthetics are a bit more important to her than me. In order to keep everything looking spiffy, we painted the edge of the plywood white to match the whiteboard that would eventually be glued on top. I think the paint says "Charlie", which is the name of our cat.
you could also cut a hole through both layers of the desktop and cover it with those little plastic desk grommet covers, maybe a red one, for a more finished look and easy wire access.:)
That is a cool idea about using the grommet cover. Where can you get them?
<p>Woodworker supply stores usually have them. Rockler and Lee Valley are the only two I can think of, but there are more out there.</p>
Is the whiteboard surface mouse friendly? I hate mousepads...
You could also use a cheap acrylic cutting board.
I believe so. However, the whiteboard surface may show wear marks from the mouse.
hello just to say lo e this idea but what was the name of the shelves that you used to for the legs thank you
It's from Ikea and it's the Lack line of furniture.
By whiteboard I mean dry erase board. In regard to table stability, that's not a trait that I really tested, and it wasn't an issue. The legs are large squares, and the bottom surface of the plywood is in contact with 4 (total) good-sized rectangles on the legs. The way I show it built is pretty sturdy. If you are concerned about the strength you could screw wood blocks (sized to fit inside the hollow legs) to the bottom of the plywood and then screw through the sides of the legs into the blocks. The screws wouldn't be visible unless you were under the desk and would help draw everything up tight.
Hey! Thank you so much for posting this. I think it's going to become my go-to solution for a desk. I have the same Ikea storage thing. <br> <br>I have a question though: even with the pieces of reinforcement wood that you used on the underside of the table top, how do you prevent the table from wobbling if the inside of the legs is hollow? What provides the table's stability? <br> <br>Thanks so much!
By &quot;Whiteboard&quot; what do you mean? Do you mean MDF wood? or whiteboard as in a dry erase board?
The color combo really does make it look &quot;factory made&quot;!
Just a tip: in the lumber section at your home improvement store, there is a 4'x8' sheet of melamine material. Exact same as whiteboard, but in a massive sheet for about $15. We put two of them in our kitchen and covered one entire wall and used it as the &quot;draw wall&quot;. Just food for thought.
A tip for all whiteboard/LCD TV owners: if you do happen to get Sharpie-esque permanent marker on your whiteboard or flatscreen, completely and liberally cover over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker. Give it a second and then erase with an dry-erase eraser or a cotton cloth and both the permanent and dry-erase ink should come right off. This has saved my 6 year old's bacon several times. <br />
Make sure this desk is absolutely sharpie free..... <br /> <br /> (yea yea ya .. I know from experienced) <br />
I love the idea of using the whiteboard to create the smooth surface! We need another work desk in our office and a solution like this will be really nice.

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