|Project by Mark Edmondson||posted 02-02-2010 12:31 AM||8374 views||13 times favorited||22 comments|
It’s all plywood, excepting dowels and glue, and measures 20×20x24.
Here’s the story:
I, presumably like everyone else on this site, have a problem with cheap pressboard furniture. But I also recognize that not everyone can afford a cherry table or desk. So I’ve been experimenting around with different forms of plywood. Instead of disguising the plywood with stains and veneers and pretending it was something else, I wanted to play up the plywood concept.
The design cost me one $18 sheet of plywood. Not too bad.
Basically, I cut all the individual pieces on a table saw, drilled holes for the dowels with a jig on a drill press, then put it all together.
Everything was glued together using glue made from polystyrene dissolved in acetone. That’s it… just packing peanuts and coffee cups dissolved in acetone. It stinks, but it works really well (stronger than the wood) and you get to reuse something that won’t break down until it enters the fossil record.
I’m not sure about a finish yet. The end grain soaks up everything, immediately. So a shiny finish is pretty much out. Plus, I don’t want anything that will cause problems with the factory plywood glue… any ideas?
Thanks for reading!