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02-06-2013 11:12 PM

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I’m not sure if this picture will show up, but a buddy of mine is looking for a modern style coffee table similar to this one, and my question is the best way to build this while keeping the cost down for him, I am thinking just simple 2×4 framing sheathed in plywood with some edge banding? Would this be the best way to accomplish this thick style without actually buying that much wood, or is there another technique to accomplish this?

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 11:52 PM

A couple of 2X10s jointed and planed, glued up to width, a nice veneer.
Center post of metal or your choice, pocket hole joinery with plugs made of same materials.
Nice weight and feel, will come apart to ship and easy to put together.

That looks like what Ikea does.

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 01:12 AM

After checking your shop out, I see you don’t have any pictures of a joiner and planer, this severely limits your ability to make a piece like this out of solid planks 2” thick. Even glue ups need those tools. I wouldn’t make it hollow out of plywood and veneer because if you haven’t done that before, it could be disastrous and the ends would never come out right or join properly to the top surface(s).

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 03:05 AM

Russell, I do now own a jointer and a planer, just haven’t updated the shop pics yet, I think the laminated plywood may be the best option though because only the top sheet has to be the good stuff :) the sketch up drawing is great Jonathan, thanks a ton

-- "As iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another" Proverbs 27:17

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 03:07 AM

Consider at least making the top solid so it wont sound like you set your drink on a hollow door.

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 03:24 AM

edgebanding will run you about as much as using lumber for the frame. But then I don’t know what kind of lumber sources are available to you, though it’s really not that much lumber.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 04:10 AM

Lumber supply is a little lacking here, but it’s going to be stained a black color so I think the birch plywood from homedepot will work well with some solid wood pine edge banding,

-- "As iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another" Proverbs 27:17

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 10:32 PM

If he needs to do this on the cheap, you could try building up the base using MDF then put veneer on it. There are companies the sell peel and stick veneer in a large variety so it would be easy to put the veneer on without a press. A simple J-roller and a utility knife is about all you would need. It would keep the cost down but provide a fairly solid piece. I wouldn’t warranty it for very long considering it would be made from MDF but it would probably last 5 years or so.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#8 posted 02-20-2013 09:26 PM

So i think i’ve decided, changing my mind several times in between by the way, i will build all out of 2×4’s from the box store, i will do 3- 2” tenons along the sides, i’m thinking a template and a router for making them in a panel that large. does this sound feasable to anyone besides me? lol i figure 2×4’s are about as cheap as i can get, then stain it with some ebony polyshades.

-- "As iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another" Proverbs 27:17

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