A/C Table

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Project by RobJones posted 05-26-2010 07:22 AM 3099 views 17 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started after I saw a slab that my friend had made out of strips of plywood. I liked the look of the plywood turned on edge and decided I would try to do something with it myself.

Home depot had pine A/C plywood on sale for $23 a sheet so I bought two and took them to the shop. I cut the sheets into 1.5 inch wide strips and started the glue up. I tried to glue up too many at once and ended up wasting six or seven of the strips. Live and learn I guess. Long story short, I glued up the strips in sections, joined and planed them, glued those up into bigger sections, cleaned them up and then glued the final table top together.

The legs are made out of three layers of plywood and have walnut veneer on the outer edges. The legs are through mortised at each corner of the table, 45 degrees to the corner. The joint and glue are all that hold them on and they are stout.

The edge of the table it made from some blemished walnut that I got for pretty cheap. I like the imperfections.

All in all I think this table can go well in a lot of different settings. I love the simplicity of the legs and how sturdy it came out.

Hope you enjoy,


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#1 posted 05-26-2010 07:36 AM

Very cool! I would have never guessed that would have turned out so nice. Did you have many problems with voids in the HD plywood?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 07:45 AM

Gorgeous table. Excellent use of what would normally deemed less then average ply for fine furniture.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#3 posted 05-26-2010 08:09 AM

Interesting piece. Looks good. I thought AC was going to be Arts & Crafts ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

#4 posted 05-26-2010 10:50 AM

haha topomay at first i thought why would you put an ac unit on such a nice table

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#5 posted 05-26-2010 11:32 AM

Now thats cleaver. Plywood never looked so good!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-26-2010 02:01 PM

Inspiring. I have been looking for a plan for a sturdy coffee table – one my 3 yr old can’t break – to replace the drop glass table that currently resides in the basement for safety’s sake. I think I will borrow your design. For the price, it’s really hard to beat your materials cost.


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#7 posted 05-26-2010 02:15 PM

Very nice idea and cool looking table. I may have to make something smaller out of all my scraps now. Thanks for the posting.

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#8 posted 05-26-2010 02:15 PM

gorgeous and very sturdy looking coffee table!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#9 posted 05-26-2010 02:38 PM

Matches the rug nicely too :)

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#10 posted 05-26-2010 03:27 PM

Very, very cool design and execution. I love it!

I, too, worry about voids when working with that kind of plywood. But, I don’t see a single one in your table. Did you fill them in?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#11 posted 05-26-2010 05:03 PM

A cool design and material very well done


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#12 posted 05-26-2010 05:45 PM

I like this alot! The Noodles restaurant near my house has similar table tops except they must have a 1/4” of epoxy on them.

Does the use of plywood negate any wood movement that could affect the through mortises being at an angle to the wood in the top? Probably a dumb question, but if I learn something it’s worth it.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 05-26-2010 05:57 PM

Tunk Valley, I thought about AC unit too, but that didn’t make sense so it must be arts and crafts:-) Nicer than I ever thought plywood could be.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 05-26-2010 06:18 PM

You are a genius! I would have never thought of using plywood strips for a table in that fashion.

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#15 posted 05-26-2010 06:26 PM

awesome, looks great!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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