The Original desk top was glued up Then the client decided he wanted it larger in width and length, so rather than make a whole new top I decided I'd try to add a walnut band around the perimeter.
I sort of knew that the possibility of failure was great due to the fact that the expansion rates of cross grain and long grain are so different. Well I was not disapointed! This piece failed as expected. So I recently
remade the top and replaced the original. ( this picture is showing the replacement top.
( one of the advantages of having a welding shop incorporated with woodworking shop).
The champered box under the desk is there to hide wiring etc. it's hinged to the wall and swings out of the way for easy access.