I want to make this...any suggestions???

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So I couldnt figure out how to post a forum topic with a picture, so I posted it under projects. ANYWAYS…

I want to build this coffee table…I just recently got my hands on a sheet of 3/4 birch plywood for $6, and would like to make this modern coffee table. It doesn’t have to be this EXACT coffee table, I just want this look. My tools are limited..I have a router table..and my neighbor said I could use his table saw. ANY suggestions on how I would build this out of my sheet of plywood?? Is it even possible? I AM able to get another sheet of 3/4 for the same if it’d be easier to do with 2 sheets, I can do that. Thanks for your help in advance!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 06:08 PM


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#2 posted 01-28-2010 06:10 PM

Mdo would work better. You basically make two boxes and put the smaller inside the other blocked up to the correct height and then ad a face frame to each side. If you have limited tools you could use pocket screws to put it together. You can buy a single kreg pocket hole jig for around $20.

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 06:12 PM

is this to be painted or formica ?

biquits for the joinery would be my guess ,
and double up the layers for strength ,
maybe a stretcher in the middle under top .
you might want to raise it up for a kick ,
some legs or rail under it inset for toe space all around ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 06:15 PM

well, i wanted to stain the birch a really dark color (probably not the best choice of wood for this – but for $6, you can’t pass it up) to give it a modern look like the picture…...

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 06:26 PM

Maybe build a frame out of 2x material then skin it with the plywood? Not sure how you’re going to hide the edges of the plywood, though. I guess you could miter every corner…..

Regardless, go get the other sheet for $6. You can always find something to do with it!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 06:31 PM

Deffinately want some support in the center so the Plywood dosen’t Bend, Solid Frame Covered by plywood sounds good to Me

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 06:37 PM

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 06:47 PM

It’s admirable that you want to spend as little as possible – but you have to spend something to get anything remotely good.

This does not look like wood to me. If I were to try to make it with wood I would use MDF. I think you could get by with 2 sheets and I would recommend getting 3/4” sheets. I think biscuit joinery would work best on this project but if you don’t have a biscuit joiner, I would glue the butt joints and add a few finishing nails.

I would paint the piece with a glossy dark (black) paint.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 06:49 PM

Build as Jim has said but on the larger box, 45 degree bevel the edges torwards the inside and bevel the smaller the opposite way. When assembled you’ll have a V face at the edges. Rip another piece of ply the width of the edge, bevel both sides creating a molding strip to apply to the box. Now you have no veneers showing. Sand and stain. Worth a shot.

Hope that wasn’t to hard to follow. edited for s sketch

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 06:56 PM

Richgreer, Its not that I want to spend as little as possible – its just that I got a sheet for $6…I’m will to spend money on more wood if need be. I was just wondering if it’d be possible to make something that looks something like this table with that one or two sheets…thanks everyone for the ideas..

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 07:08 PM

I guess to answer your question as to 1 sheet or 2, is how big are you going to build it?

-- Alex

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 07:16 PM

probably 3.5’ long X 20” deep X 15” high

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 07:45 PM

Its going to sag in the middle. You’ll need some sort of frame inside the Ply wood. You may want to consider a torsion box design with a plywood skin.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#14 posted 01-28-2010 08:24 PM

I too believe I would do it like Jagwah suggested, but if mine, I may make thicker than 1-1/2”. I suggest that you make a cardboard mock-up first to be sure you are happy with the overall size and member thickness…

Let us know how it goes..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#15 posted 01-28-2010 08:53 PM

No matter which way you build it. I would for sure pick up the second piece of plywood for the $6, you can’t beat that price… the rest is going to be up to you, but the torsion box Idea sounds the best to me… build 2 torsion boxes the same size for the top and bottom, then 2 for the sides. Join them all together and your done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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