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Project by Waldo88 posted 02-03-2016 08:00 PM 2078 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Baltic birch plywood and walnut scraps. This piece was a good way to use up some of my scrap bin.

It is designed to be a convenient table that perfectly fit our couch and modern decor that can also take a beating.

The plywood and walnut was cut into 3/4” strips and then laminated together piece by piece. It was smoothed with handplanes and sanders. Shaping edges/corners was done with a angle grinder and belt sander.

Finish is Danish oil under General Finishes Arm-R-Seal poly.

A more detailed write up about the project can be found at:
http://thecosmicranch.com/modern-c-table/

Thanks for reading!





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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 09:45 PM

That is very nice. So the plywood mortises were built into the glue-up laminations? I imagine the ply was dulling your planes quickly. What method do you use to apply arm-r-seal? I plan to use it for the first time on my in-progress table.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 01:34 AM

Awesome. I thought it was CVG fir at first glance.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Waldo88

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 03:22 AM



That is very nice. So the plywood mortises were built into the glue-up laminations? I imagine the ply was dulling your planes quickly. What method do you use to apply arm-r-seal? I plan to use it for the first time on my in-progress table.

- bobasaurus

They aren’t really mortises per se as they are all individual pieces. Each side of the walnut squares on top for example is a different piece of plywood.

Laminated baltic birch eats through plane iron sharpness very fast. Its nearly as hard as a maple end grain cutting board.

I applied the arm-r-seal with a folded rag, heavy enough that it didn’t get streaky.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 09:27 AM

Great design, my buddy loves this look. I might have to make one for him and his wife. Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 12:59 PM

Excellent work! Favorites for future ref.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 02:18 PM

This turned out GREAT!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 08:24 PM

Great job! I like the design and the contrast between the materials. Approximately how much plywood went into this project and what is the weight?

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Waldo88

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#8 posted 02-04-2016 09:49 PM

Plywood? Like 4’ x 10” or so. I had a bunch of various pieces, it didn’t come from a single piece.

I’d guess it weighs about 8 lb. Its pretty light. My 4 yr old can move it around with ease.

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#9 posted 02-04-2016 09:56 PM

I like the simple design and the grain really works well! Thanks for all the informative pictures!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#10 posted 02-05-2016 12:05 AM

Beautiful table Waldo. How did you flatten the plywood ‘boards’ after glue up? I don’t have a drum sander, so would a thickness planer tear them up? I don’t have a belt sander either, perhaps it’s time I got one until I can afford or get around to building a drum sander.

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#11 posted 02-05-2016 04:49 PM

Amazing how pretty plain old plywood can be when dressed up with contrasting wood.. nice job

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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Waldo88

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#12 posted 02-05-2016 07:46 PM



Beautiful table Waldo. How did you flatten the plywood boards after glue up? I don t have a drum sander, so would a thickness planer tear them up? I don t have a belt sander either, perhaps it s time I got one until I can afford or get around to building a drum sander.

- lnxusr


Mostly with my handplanes and random orbital sander.

I imagine it would eat the blades on a thickness planer; Baltic birch is some hard stuff, every other ply is endgrain and birch is as hard as maple. I don’t own one so I’m not sure, but as I gather its generally not advised to run endgrain cutting boards through a thickness planer.

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