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Project by grayhooten posted 12-28-2009 01:46 AM 23678 views 54 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table that I made from 3/4 Sanded Project Ply from Lowe’s. I ripped it into 2” strips then glued them together and sanded them down to form the top. The legs are the same, only 3” thick.





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zlatanv

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 01:51 AM

Simple design and a very cool look with the ply’s, nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 02:05 AM

I have always liked this design concept. Problem is… the plywood you get at the Borg stores has way too many voids. Your table, however, looks great!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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SteveMI

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 02:18 AM

You did get some of the best plywood I have ever seen from a Borg.

I was inclined to try it myself for five seconds and then thought of the glue up required, wow!! Every 3/4” in width being another “board.” And then there would be the sanding.

Good look and great job.

Steve.

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 02:59 AM

Cool design very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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grayhooten

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 03:20 AM

The glue process was quite tedious but the end result turned out quite well. The Arauco Plywood I used from Lowe’s had minimal voids. I used the same concept for a 12’ x 30” bar and a matching countertop. I will post some pictures of that project as well.

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 03:40 AM

No cross brace underneath perpendicular to the strips? Seems like it would be pretty weak and could easily split.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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grayhooten

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#7 posted 12-28-2009 03:46 AM

I questioned the intergrity when I was building it, but the table is in fact very strong. I have stood on the table and put a lot of weight on it but it holds up and doesn’t act weak at all. The top is a solid 2” thick and the table weighs about 70 pounds.

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Joni Hamari

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 03:51 AM

It’s great…Love it!

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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Llarian

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#9 posted 12-28-2009 06:17 AM

What a cool concept. That turned out really well.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker. http://llarian.etsy.com

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scrappy

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 08:07 AM

Fantasic use of plywood. Great design.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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HalDougherty

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 12:14 PM

Best looking plywood project I’ve seen. I’m impressed. With a 2” thick glueup of plywood, I bet you could drive a SUV over your project.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#12 posted 12-28-2009 03:33 PM

i have never sen this looks cool i like the design
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 01:27 AM

Nice table. It has a real live look to it and I’ll bet that is will hold a lot of weight on end like that and glued into a slab top. I’ve noticed many projects using plywood with the end grain showing and it is pretty cool. You must have picked some expensive plywood not to get any voids.

How are the legs joined to the top?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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grayhooten

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 02:45 AM

The plywood was less than $40 at Lowe’s. I used 3/4 arauco sanded project ply because all of the layers are even (no veneer) I have found the same product at Home Depot for $23 a sheet. Voids were minimal and could usually be hidden by simply turning the piece over. Everything is glued and clamped. I initially used screws but it was too time consuming and with tightbond, the actual bond is stronger than the wood it’s self.

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#15 posted 12-31-2009 09:06 PM

Wow, nice job, I do like that look.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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