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

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

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

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

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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.
 

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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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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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That's a really stylish table. Well done
 

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

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

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Very well done… Excellent piece!
 

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

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

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Great looking table…amazing use of scraps
 

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What a gorgeous table. Well done.
 

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What a creative coffee table. I like all the little tricks you used to create this great looking piece. Super job!
 

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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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Looks like you have excelled at meeting those objectives. I like it, kind of whimsical, I think more because of the bowties. Totally unnecessary, yet they are there in a playful pattern.

Nice work

Thanks for posting.
 

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

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I took that strip to represent the huge split all those bowties were holding closed. Like I said whimsical.
 
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