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Posted on Another Tabletop Question - Individual Boards Instead Of Glue-ups

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 11:13 PM


Thanks again. Another quick question. Given that plywood is much more stable than solid wood, is it appropriate to glue and/or screw a plywood top to an apron or do the same principles apply?

- MrMan

You can attach plywood directly to the aprons. Long grain to plywood is OK, but if you glue boards down to it flat, you’ll have trouble. Lots of ways to get around that though.

You’re getting a lot of advice about how you must do a solid glue up and attach it this way or that. I stand my my first post that if you want to use narrow 1-by boards, shiplap them and leave a bit of space between each for movement, and don’t attach them across their width, do it at just one point. That’s the way lots of older furniture had floors and backs constructed. Drawer bottoms too. Anytime they had to allow for movement in a confined space, that was a common technique. They didn’t have plywood, and needed to allow for movement.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner


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