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#1 posted 09-14-2016 02:52 PM

I made one replacement table top for a local Starbucks (and refinished the others). They were all about 24” x 24”, except the round one which was about 30” round. The tops were made from Baltic Birch plywood.

I made mine from regular hardwood ply which I wrapped with 3/4” x 1-1/2” stock. The veneer was maple as was the edging material. The edging was mitered and I used biscuits for added strength. I added a second thickness of material (solid stock, not plywood) under the center of the table top for a better thickness to screw the base onto. That piece was probably about 8” x 8” and was glued screwed.

I put four coats of oil based poly on all the tops and they looked remarkably like new when they were retired after 9 years of hard service. There may be other finishes that stand up as well, but this is the one I know will stand up from personal experience. And it is the fall back finish for hard wearing surfaces (and what I used on my kitchen counter top which was a purchased butcher block mateiral).

I think hardwood plywood is a far better option for the tables than solid materials. It may not suit your woodworking design ethos, but it will stand up better and will cost far less.

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