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April 03, 2008

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redneckmodern

jayne from NYC asked about the stability of the desk and a few other specifics:

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hi jayne: the spacing was derived from the length of the wall and the number of standards/shelves we wanted across. we have three 2-standard wide shelf boards across the face... each being 42ish in long with a center support for each (3 brakets hit each shelf -- on the ends and center). since we wanted an odd number of shelves (so you can sit in the middle of the desk while not on a seam), this made the most spatial sense for us.

as for stability, we've only had it up for a few weeks and are careful about what we put on it and it's overall expectations, but so far, so good -- definitely no wobble or bounce, but i'd be more worried about "tilt" as it ages and sags. we have a lamp, printer and laptop on there for load... unsure how a heavy monitor would do. also, since the shelf is not as deep as many/most desks, the weight at the edge (remember the leverage principles from physics) is not as great -- a 24in desk with the same size brackets would produce a greater load should you put your elbows on the edge.

for the smaller shelves, rakks does have heavy-duty brackets which are simply taller to distribute the load. one thing about the system... although the brackets are infinitely adjustable, they do leave a bit of a nick on the inside of the track which is visible, so i'd suggest planning well (with a level) and setting the brackets once.

one thing i did do -- which was a trick from ikea was to "pin" each of the shelves together where they abut. i clipped the head and point from a 4D nail (about the diameter of a metal coat hander rod), drilled into the side/face of one of the planks, aligned the shelves and marked the adjacent hole, then drilled the opposite hole. this would be similar to "doweling" things together, but instead with thin metal pins. similar to what's going on here (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikibooks/en/9/98/Dowel_joint.png) except side-to-side... this dramatically helps keep the shelves in line across the face.

hope this helps.

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