Need Help with Minimalist Table Design Answered
Hello again dear friends.
Today I'm looking for help among the carpenters and metalworkers of the community.
I need to build a new computer desk because I need a lower, wider, and longer work surface. I opted for a minimalist and modern design that I've included in the pictures below.
I'm going to have local craftspeople make the wood board and steel frame, but I don't trust their expertise very much - so I would like to ask for your help regarding a few issues.
- I've understood that I should not put a beam across the boards for strength - I read online that this will induce splitting due to shrinkage. Is this correct?
- Is 4cm (1" 9/16) board thickness enough to support weight (heavy monitors) considering the large span between the table legs? (see picture of underside)
- The 4 boards used would be teak wood or Ecuador laurel (Cordia alliodora), full length x 7 inches wide
Regarding metal work:
- I'd like for the table to look as minimalist as possible, but I still feel I need a way to strengthen or stiffen the frame so it doesn't wobble side to side. Is there a way to do this without visually changing the table? I'm planning on using 1" x 2" square galvanized tube.
- I've implemented a crossbeam to help prevent sagging of the board. Is one enough? It's offset so as not to reduce leg space.
Any help you can provide will be much appreciated!