My original plan for the desk ( Dry fitted bookcases and desk ) just wasn't going to fly. It wasn't deep enough and I didn't like that the center needed to be supported by brackets ... no matter how much I pretty up the brackets they still look like brackets.
I ran to ReStore and purchased this 1.5" thick solid wooden door:
The door is dingy, but nothing that a little sanding wouldn't fix
But if I decided to use the door for the desk I had to figure out 2 problems:
#1) It's 4" too short. I knew that when I purchased it ... but I knew that I would come up with a work-around.
#2) 6 routed panel/recesses in the door ... how do I work around that so it has a smooth top for writing? Do I cover the door with a thin piece of plywood? Do I buy some bar-top epoxy and fill in the routed panel recesses? Since I was planning on painting it anyway, doo I do as Dad suggested and go with Bondo or wood filler?
I got caught up with the price of the door and really wanted to make it work. The original piece of wood that I was going to use for the desk was only 16" deep, 3/4" thick and cost $17... the door is 24" deep, 1.5" thick, didn't need center support and was cheaper.
The thing is though, if I did decide to use the door and cover it with a thin sheet of plywood, or fill in the recesses with Bondo, woodfiller or even the bar top epoxy... I'm still looking at spending at least $10 more, possibly up to $40 more for the epoxy.
So why put in the extra work with trying to figure out a work around when for the same price, I could just go and pick up a decent sheet of plywood... rip it in half, glue it & screw it and I get the nice thick single piece of desk top that I was looking for?
Sheesh, sometimes I just make things way more complicated than they need to be!
I did get the plywood ... it's ripped, glued, screwed, stained and in the process of drying. I'll post a picture of it soon ... I'm pretty stoked about how nicely it turned out.