Stacked plywood End table and Coffee table

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Project by Mark55 posted 02-11-2014 07:32 PM 2741 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I try not to throw any lumber away nowadays because it is so expensive. I just finished up a couple cabinet jobs and had a ton of small pieces of plywood. So I decided to make a couple end tables and a coffee table by just stacking up the scrap pieces and cutting them out on the band saw. When I glued it up I tacked it together as I glued it with some short brads so when I clamped it they would not slide apart. I was careful of the location of the brads so I wouldn’t hit them with the band saw. The tops are also laminated plywood. I really liked the shape of the end table frames but after I cut them out realized it was very vulnerable and could break on a lamination under stress. So to fix that I mortised in a 3/4 inch slot in the back and glued in a solid wood back bone so to speak. I also had some hand made tiles someone gave me a few years ago . I could never figure out what to do with them so I mortised them in to the tops and now I don’t have to worry about them.
It was a fun project, it took a lot longer than I expected, I used a ton of glue, did a ton of sanding and had to fill many voids in the plywood veneers. But I got to use up my scraps and make something different.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 08:26 PM

nice,very nice,i like unusual work…
thanks for sharing

-- bambi

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 09:16 PM

Mark you have created some one of a kind furniture pieces. I bet you will never find another set like your set. I really like the design and build. I would imagine that it took some time to put them all together. Nice work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 10:03 PM

Mark, I am glad you took the plunge and built these tables in this manner. I like your designs very much.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 11:00 PM

Cool idea….
Excellent outcome!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 01:50 AM

Really unique Mark55! Great way to use up the little pieces of plywood. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-12-2014 01:51 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#7 posted 02-12-2014 04:24 AM

Wood workers don’t throw wood away. I like what you do with that scrap. Very good thinking, and it looks great.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#8 posted 02-12-2014 05:08 AM

Looks amazing….great idea and design

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#9 posted 02-12-2014 05:31 AM

I love outside the box thinking.
These are just great.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 02-12-2014 06:35 AM

Beautiful shapes!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 02-12-2014 02:38 PM

The form you chose/made is really, interesting.

thanks for sharing!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#12 posted 02-12-2014 04:48 PM

How Cool! I really like your creation, Great save on the scrap wood.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 02-12-2014 05:57 PM

Very creative! I like it!!!! I have tons of scrap (no- read that as extra random size pieces) of plywood and OSB board laying around. I just might have to sit on a river bank and seek inspiration.

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