Scrap ends table

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Project by Cornholesgalore posted 10-12-2015 08:06 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an idea I saw on the internet that I wanted to take a crack at. It’s a scrap ends table made with all sorts of failed cuts/old wood, and some end pieces I got from other projects. I decided to cap the top with 1/2 inch plywood. I’m in the process of sanding off overrun glue and rough ends. It is incredibly heavy too (about 50 lbs). The legs are solid walnut, and I haven’t decided if I want to design the top piece or just throw a few layers of poly over it to protect/make it shiny.

Hope you guys like it!

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 08:17 PM

What did you use to joint the wood together?

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 08:52 PM

Monster, I used titebond type 2 wood glue for everything. The only nails in the table are 8 Brad nails on the top, and two in each leg for extra support. I found that ratchet straps were extremely useful to glue sections together.

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#3 posted 10-12-2015 09:35 PM

I may have to try something similar.
Consider not putting the plywood on top though. The end grain gives it a cool butcher block look IMHO. I would definitely apply several layers of poly or some of that poor-on bar finish on top, if for no other reason than the end grain would not soak up any spills or condensation runoff.
If you put the plywood on to achieve a flat top then I have an alternative suggestion. There is a technique that people use to flatten old workbenches and renew the tops. It involves temporarily attaching some rails to the sides and then using a router mounted on a sled to route the top surface flat. This seems like a perfect application of that technique.
here is a link:

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