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Forum topic by Smirak posted 10-03-2017 04:30 PM 522 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2017 04:30 PM

Quick question…

I have some s4s canary wood that the wife wants a table top out of. The canary wood is 3/4 milled. I want the table top to be 1.5” thick (or thereabouts). I don’t want to laminate the 3/4 canary wood to get the thickness. Is it ok to use ply as a substrate? I would “edgeband” with additional canary wood.


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#1 posted 10-03-2017 04:50 PM

I haven’t had any experience using ply as a substrate, but I’m working on a welcome desk currently and essentially wanted the same effect. I found a great method that’s worked out well in the link below. You basically build your top oversized, cut two or so inches off of each edge, then “fold” them under and miter the corners.

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#2 posted 10-03-2017 05:16 PM

Solid wood always moves. If you glue solid wood
to plywood without gaps or shiplaps to allow for
movement, it won’t turn out well. Edgebanding
end grain also will cause problems.

You can build a table top with frame and panel
techniques to allow long grain all around the
edge. If you did that you could get away with
putting a thicker edging around the table top.
The outside corners of the frame would be

More info here:

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#3 posted 10-03-2017 06:40 PM

You can use a plywood sub top as long as you allow the solid wood top to move using an appropriate attachment method.

Edgebanding end grain is not a good idea, but using a solid build up on the edge to make it look thicker is good, just keep the grain direction the same.

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#4 posted 10-03-2017 07:10 PM

You might want to take a look this article from FWW. Very similar to the technique linked in Dustin’s post above.

(You’ll need a membership to read it)

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