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#1 posted 11-03-2016 01:58 PM

I would use the walnut plywood and forget about doing your own veneering. There isn’t much advantage to it other than possibly patterning the veneer in a more appealing way. (Often hardwood plywood has repeating patterns of veneer that can be a little unasthetic).

The top of a piece of furniture can be a signature, or it can be mostly covered up with stuff. Either way, I prefer solid wood for tops. Breadboard edges may be a consideration also especially on a top over 24” wide. With solid wood, you would have to leave a 1” overhang all the way around. My approach would be to build the entire box and then put the top on fastened in such away to allow for movement.

Rabbet the top and bottom of sides and attach with screws from the top/bottom there will not be any exposed edges. Dividers in dados.

If you’re going to do a face frame, the joinery can be traditoinal mortise/tenon or pocket screws. Attach ff by simply glueing on. Flush everything up with a hand plane (do NOT sand them flush).

Personally I think the angle of the legs is too steep. Lots of strain on that joinery. I would definitely pin the tenons.

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