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Recently I started a DIY desk project in which my goal was to build a ~8ft long desk that could support a large load (~150-200lbs).
This desk would serve mainly as a place to setup all of my computers for gaming as well as double as an office space for work.
I bought an unfinished solid birch butcher block counter top from Home Depot measuring 98" x 25" x 1.5"
I finished this by hand sanding with 220 grit and applying three coats of Minwax wipe on water based poly, sanding in between coats 1 and 2.
It came out perfectly and I was quite pleased given it was my first time doing anything like this.
My next step was to find a decent frame that could hold the weight and also support the middle of the table since I had concerns it might sag over time and a 5th leg kind of felt odd.
I decided to take a gamble and buy a Simplified Building Z-Frame Table Kit. My thoughts here were that it could support the center and obviously handle a ton of weight. Being galvanized pipe I also figured I should be fine using it outside if I ever wanted to replace the table top and convert it to an outside table in the future.
When I ordered this kit I provided the dimensions requested and defined a height at 29" (ideal for my physical height)
The kit came in and was easy to assemble, however I am now stuck as it appears the legs don't actually align properly to the corners
I can't seem to figure it out given that the documentation matches what I have, but images they provide have a perspective that show the legs aligned to the corners.
I have two questions really:
- If I were to fasten this right where it is, will I have any sort of structural/balance issues?
- Is there something I am missing regarding this frame kit or a Z-Frame in general that might be impacting my ability to align these? I have not reached out to Simplified Building yet, but visibly its not obvious to me that there is a pipe length issue
Any help is appreciated!
I received a response from Simplified Building, it turns out that the dimensions of my table break their formula for the Z-Frame.
They also described what was mentioned by @Graphus: move the depth legs further down the length pipe. It turns out the width of my table would require the fittings to overlap around 1.5".
They suggested that I convert this to an H-Frame and sent me new pipe. This also had the added benefit of providing more leg space, something I didn't think about, but some folks mentioned might become an issue, so I lucked out there!