Scrap wood coffee table

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Project by mayday3374 posted 01-11-2019 03:46 PM 3591 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some leftover poplar plywood and 4/4 stock from a cabinet job and needed a coffee table. Fancied it up with some walnut inlays (more scrap endcuts from a previous job). I saw a post awhile back about doing inlays on plywood. Here is proof that it IS possible, but final scraping and sanding was very tricky as to not burn through the veneer. Being that this was a scrap wood challenge for myself, a fatal mistake would have cost me nothing so I gave it a shot. A few coats of gf arm r seal that I had laying around finished this off nicely.

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#1 posted 01-11-2019 04:21 PM

Very nice. If it is plywood, why the breadboard end? Just for the look?

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#2 posted 01-11-2019 04:46 PM

Nice looking table. Never would have guessed it is poplar plywood.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 01-11-2019 04:53 PM

What you consider scrap wood I look as regular wood I usualy buy…Oustanding project…various woodworking elements like butterflys inlays…etc…just amazing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-11-2019 06:49 PM

Nice work on this table. How did you attach your breadboards?

-- Table leg and Component Vendor, NC,

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#5 posted 01-11-2019 06:54 PM

I really like the looks of this table. Lots of elements I have seen before but still a style all its own.
I am adding this to my favorites just so I can look at it later in the future and enjoy it some more.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 01-11-2019 07:06 PM

The breadboards were just for looks. Being that the main tabletop is plywood, I wasn’t worried about movement like a traditional breadboard. I used dominos to attach the ends and positioned the legs and support stretchers where the breadboards and tabletop meet for support

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#7 posted 01-11-2019 08:04 PM

Thank you for the compliments guys! I was trying to make this fun and break the mould a bit. Lots of little skill builders here. Bandsaw work, curves, angled thru mortises for the walnut keys and stretcher, resaw work for the veneer edgebands for the ply edges. Not too many 90 degree angles happening on this one.

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#8 posted 01-11-2019 10:45 PM

That’s a really stylish table. Well done

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 01-12-2019 12:26 AM

Looks real nice.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 01-12-2019 02:59 AM

Wow. I wouldn’t have imagined plywood. I like the walnut spline you put on the outside of the breadboard.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 01-12-2019 03:35 AM

Beautiful, where I live we won’t even use popular for firewood.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 01-12-2019 10:48 AM

Very well done… Excellent piece!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#13 posted 01-12-2019 11:56 AM

A really nice piece. So neat, clean and trim looking. Wonderful job.

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#14 posted 01-12-2019 01:25 PM

I really like the walnut strip thru the middle and the bowtie accents

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#15 posted 01-12-2019 03:26 PM

Great looking table…amazing use of scraps

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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