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GERTON Tabletop, beech61x29 1/2 " (155x75 cm) $69

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Newbie
May 30, 2012
16 posts
35 upvotes
Toronto
I purchased this for my standing desk legs at full price, this is a great price for a solid wood tabletop. Fair warning - requires wood treatment oils, otherwise the surface is quite rough.
Newbie
Nov 15, 2020
42 posts
32 upvotes
Great deal! One of the only solid wood tables at IKEA. This was completely out of stock when I was looking into putting together my own standing desk. It would've been my first choice at full price back then, at 50% off this is a steal!

Ended up spending more but getting a solid Acacia tabletop instead.
Newbie
May 20, 2019
24 posts
16 upvotes
Hmm, seems like a great deal but there's a couple reviews saying that the quality had decreased somewhere in 2020. Worse, smaller pieces of wood and such.

In Ontario here, wish stores were open so one could I could go and check the thing for myself.

I'm looking myself to upgrade my desk, are there any other decent tabletop options out there that are solid or at least decent wood ?
Jr. Member
Nov 26, 2003
103 posts
73 upvotes
Markham
Get it while it's hot. $69 for a solid table top is a steal but be warned...as tailormade said, this thing needs to be finished and mine came looking like a potato chip and took me a lot of hand-planing to get down to flat. I just didn't want to bother with taking it back and hoping an exchange would be better.
Jr. Member
Nov 26, 2003
103 posts
73 upvotes
Markham
Spiritualx wrote: The ones from structube look nicer imo https://www.structube.com/en_ca/lifttop ... ?pid=25405
Sort of hard to compare a melamine slab with an actual solid wood slab, though. You can screw all sorts of things to the bottom of this tabletop without worrying about pullout etc. which isn't quite as true with particleboard tops (in the best case) or corrugated cardboard (in the worse case).
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Nov 1, 2010
5689 posts
1880 upvotes
Kanata
I thought Ikea removed solid wood tables for environmental reasons.. hmm
Uh, yeah, I'd like to speak to a Mr. Tabooger, first name Ollie.
Newbie
May 3, 2018
12 posts
11 upvotes
Price is great for a solid wood tabletop. As others have said, it's requires extra treatments, like sanding and applying a wood finish. Its size is also a bit awkward, too wide for a desk in my opinion. But you can't complain too much at this price.
Jr. Member
Dec 1, 2016
162 posts
191 upvotes
calgary alberta
I have this top and it's great for a desk but you do want to sand and seal it!
Member
Jul 3, 2017
235 posts
672 upvotes
tailormade wrote: I purchased this for my standing desk legs at full price, this is a great price for a solid wood tabletop. Fair warning - requires wood treatment oils, otherwise the surface is quite rough.
Yahoyada wrote: Price is great for a solid wood tabletop. As others have said, it's requires extra treatments, like sanding and applying a wood finish. Its size is also a bit awkward, too wide for a desk in my opinion. But you can't complain too much at this price.
What's the procedure to sand/finish? Does it suffice to sand with a random orbit sander and apply some sort of oil?
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Jun 30, 2019
1674 posts
7545 upvotes
Charlton wrote: Sort of hard to compare a melamine slab with an actual solid wood slab, though. You can screw all sorts of things to the bottom of this tabletop without worrying about pullout etc. which isn't quite as true with particleboard tops (in the best case) or corrugated cardboard (in the worse case).
So youre saying the structube ones are trash? Havent received mine yet but I saw some at the shop, it's not thick but I don't think its a problem for placing your screen and tower on top otherwise might just cancel the structube one and get the ikea.
Newbie
Oct 28, 2020
99 posts
22 upvotes
Ontario
SamuelNapper wrote: What's the procedure to sand/finish? Does it suffice to sand with a random orbit sander and apply some sort of oil?
Yes, I bought this top late last year. It's unfinished solid wood that needs to be sanded and treated. I didn't do oil, I went with stain + poly and use it with a standing desk.
This is a great deal!
Deal Addict
Nov 23, 2004
1080 posts
1917 upvotes
Ontario
If only this was 1ft longer and it would be the perfect length and depth for the custom desk I'm [slowly] working on building. The 29-30" depth seems hard to find with a lot of off-the-shelf tops.
Member
Feb 13, 2012
331 posts
274 upvotes
Greater Sudbury
Spiritualx wrote:
So youre saying the structube ones are trash? Havent received mine yet but I saw some at the shop, it's not thick but I don't think its a problem for placing your screen and tower on top otherwise might just cancel the structube one and get the ikea.
I have the structube one its good for what it is no problems
Jr. Member
Nov 26, 2003
103 posts
73 upvotes
Markham
Spiritualx wrote: So youre saying the structube ones are trash? Havent received mine yet but I saw some at the shop, it's not thick but I don't think its a problem for placing your screen and tower on top otherwise might just cancel the structube one and get the ikea.
Not saying the StructTube is trash at all and it might well look better but it's just a different composition altogether. Particleboard and melamine is perfectly good for many applications and this is certainly one of them. However, the Ikea one is solid finger-jointed wood so it has all the advantages and disadvantages associated with solid wood (including the possibility of warping). It has to be finished and can be refinished if and when the need arises.

If you're looking to get and go then stick with the StructTube. If you enjoy woodworking then the Gerton might provide some entertainment. Grinning Face
Deal Addict
Jun 30, 2019
1674 posts
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Charlton wrote: Not saying the StructTube is trash at all and it might well look better but it's just a different composition altogether. Particleboard and melamine is perfectly good for many applications and this is certainly one of them. However, the Ikea one is solid finger-jointed wood so it has all the advantages and disadvantages associated with solid wood (including the possibility of warping). It has to be finished and can be refinished if and when the need arises.

If you're looking to get and go then stick with the StructTube. If you enjoy woodworking then the Gerton might provide some entertainment. Grinning Face
Yeah I don't have the tools and patience for wood working lol
Newbie
Feb 20, 2017
77 posts
76 upvotes
Can I get this sanded and treated at a hardware store?

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