|Forum topic by insboswiz||posted 03-28-2012 08:22 PM||1461 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-28-2012 08:22 PM
I recently built a combination bookcase/base cabinet built-in for my wife. The design is pretty simple – a pair of base cabinets topped by a piece of plywood tabletop (with hardwood edging), itself topped with a pair of bookcases. It worked our fairly well and now my wife wants a larger one for our main living room.
The question I have is how to create the “table top” portion. When I built the one upstairs, the whole thing was less than 8 feet long, so I used a single piece of plywood for the tabletop. I’m not going to be able to pull that off downstairs however as the length of the built-in is going to be longer than 8 feet, so a single piece of plywood is not going to work.
I’ve seen built-ins that are fairly long and they don’t seem to have seams in the tabletop portion. I was wondering how one creates something like this that would run for maybe 18-20 feet, yet not show any seams where boards were joined. I believe the project will end up painted rather than stained.
Any help would be most appreciated.