I am using an Ikea dining table as my work table. It works wonderfully, is made of quality pine and looks good. Recently, I was considering adding a VESA table clamp monitor stand but the table has a skirting less than 1" from the edge. This would make it hard for the clamp to have good purchase on the surface and bear weight.
Here is a picture for reference:
My idea was to buy a standard plank like this 1"x6"x4ft hardwood and glueing it using wood epoxy and/or other fasteners to the side or the back edge of the table. I can then use this overhand to add the VESA stands and maybe another microphone stand.
The things I am absolutely unsure of:
- What thickness of plank do I need? My monitor is about 22 lbs and maybe another 10 lbs for the microphone. Will a 1" plank be think enough, or do I need a 2"x6"x4ft plank?
- Is wood epoxy strong? Would it be better to reinforce the join with screws? I don't own a drill currently, but I can borrow one (and maybe some expertise) from my neighbor if needed
- Do I need to sand the joining surfaces?
but above all: 4. Is there a much better solution that by novice brain will not be able to come up with? :)
Any and all advice would be appreciated. I have not done wood working since high-school, so all advice, no matter how basic is really appreciated.
Edit: The skirting on the side is 2.5" high and 1" from the edge of the top surface.
Edit2: Came up with another idea - I could cut a small 1/2" channel in the 2.5" side surface as such:
Here the pink solid shape is the area I would drill out. I'd then have to find a solution to reinforce the skirting (in case its load bearing).