I had a small apartment with six kids and no dining room to put a table in it. I bought one of those small plastic top folding tables for the kitchen. When I bought my house I wanted a big table but didn’t want to spend big $$$. So I bought a piece of nice plywood, cut it to 3 ft x 6 ft and viola, I had a table. I put a nice table cloth on the table and put a plastic cover on it – remember I have six kids.
I made sure I bought a piece of plywood that had a finished side so that if I decided to stain and urethane it I’d have something that would make a decent table top. It’s been a couple of years and I forgot that it was pine, not oak. I’d recently bought oak plywood and did a test piece with and without wood conditioner. It didn’t make any difference so when I decided this weekend to stain the table top, I didn’t use it. I wish I had. As usual, it turned out blotchy.
Still, I think with a few coats of polyurethane it should be good enough. Remember, this is on the cheap. With six kids there’s no point in spending a ton of money to have something they can destroy anyway.
I put a frame around the bottom so that the table top won’t slide on the plastic base.
Improvements will be to come up with legs which allow the table to slip under the kitchen bench.
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.