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Member Since: February 7, 2013

Country: United States

  • If you drill a pilot hole before you put your screws you can unscrew and re-screw safely, maybe you will just need to add a toothpick to the hole to give it a little extra grip when you re-screw

  • Cut a strip 12" or 24" inches wide measured floor to top of the desk that is what I called “wide” you can use very light plywood ¼ of an inch and add screws every 6 inches to compensate for the lightness of the plywood, if you use thicker plywood ½ an inch you just need to add screws at the corners and it will get your structure very sturdy. If you trace a diagonal line between the corners of your strip you will see that you are really adding diagonal bracing which is the only way to prevent the wobbling. Geometrically a rectangle can always be made into a diamond if you push opposite corners, with a triangle it is impossible, thus the diagonal bracing, I hope this make sense. It is also important to brace one side of your desk to the other. The “L” shape is also sturdier than 2 independent desks (someone else also pointed this out) if there is a way to add drawings to this comments I can send you some, just let me know how

  • The easiest way to prevent your desk from wobbling without adding to much weight and having to over tighten the nuts and bolts is to add a strip of thin plywood to the back of the desk 12" wide will work or 24" if you want to make it sturdier, it is a much lighter alternative and efficient than adding diagonal braces

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