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03-08-2021 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table torsion box veneer

Hello all, I’m interested in building a set of these tables. I cannot find much online as I don’t really know what they’re called (waterfall tables?). I was planning on veneering them, but I’m not sure how to go about constructing them. They are 3” thick, by about 26 wide, by 24 tall.

If I thought about slabbing together 3/4 MDF they would weight a ton, and I don’t think it would be very strong. I considered a torsion box type design, using 1/4 baltic birch centers covered in 1/8 birch on the outside, then veneer over that. The big consideration is making them strong and keeping weight low.

I know hollow core doors are made with honeycomb type cardboard in the center, with solid cheap solid wood edges. That might be a consideration in the design.

Thank in advance for any guidance!


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#1 posted 03-08-2021 04:27 AM

You might try using Rocklers Miter fold dado set? It scores the veneer of Plywood or wood just short of going through it. I have never used one, just read about it. he downside is cost and will not work on a Sawstop, which is what I have. I have seen them on sale at a much lower price. https://www.rockler.com/rockler-miter-fold-dado-set-plus If you are good with perfect miter joints, I would go that route first. They also do mike Lite weight MDF if you want to veneer. Dan

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#2 posted 03-08-2021 09:11 AM

I’ve seen that Rockler set, but that’s then assuming I’m working on a material that’s solid, which means I’d be back to making very heavy tables. I’ve worked with the light weight MDF which is great, but I’m pretty sure these tables aren’t made that way. When you see them in the store they appear very sturdy and quite light.

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#3 posted 03-08-2021 12:25 PM

I would make 3 or 4 U’s from 1/2 inch baltic birch, then skin them with 1/4 and veneer.

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#4 posted 03-08-2021 12:38 PM

Here is another one that shows one option for making them. These are open on the inside but it would not be too difficult to close those sides in. You could then veneer them to hide the construction if you don’t like seeing how they are made. .

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#5 posted 03-08-2021 03:05 PM

Lots of ways depending on what you want for the final look.
Here is one way.
You could make 2 face frames, 1 for the front and 1 for the back. Rabbet the outside for 1/2” material.
Rabbet the inside for 1/4” material. You could use veneered plywood for the panels, situate the panels so that you attach the top first, then the sides, then all you need to veneer would be the top to cover the end grain.
You don’t need any kind of honeycomb centers.

I made something similar using all plywood, then veneered everything. If you’re interested in that rout I could show you pictures.

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#6 posted 03-08-2021 03:27 PM

Veneer it after its assembled.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 03-08-2021 06:04 PM

That was another idea; 3-4, and put spacers between them. Should make a strong build.


I would make 3 or 4 U s from 1/2 inch baltic birch, then skin them with 1/4 and veneer.

- tvrgeek


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#8 posted 03-08-2021 06:05 PM

I really do want that 3” solid look, so I could do this as well and just add a 1/4 ply to inside surfaces.


Here is another one that shows one option for making them. These are open on the inside but it would not be too difficult to close those sides in. You could then veneer them to hide the construction if you don t like seeing how they are made. .

- Lazyman


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#9 posted 03-08-2021 06:08 PM

Thank you for this simple to understand drawing! This makes sense to me and seems like a good plan. I’ll probably go this route.


Veneer it after its assembled.

- Robert


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#10 posted 03-08-2021 07:28 PM

I’d love to see pictures, thanks!


Lots of ways depending on what you want for the final look.
Here is one way.
You could make 2 face frames, 1 for the front and 1 for the back. Rabbet the outside for 1/2” material.
Rabbet the inside for 1/4” material. You could use veneered plywood for the panels, situate the panels so that you attach the top first, then the sides, then all you need to veneer would be the top to cover the end grain.
You don t need any kind of honeycomb centers.

I made something similar using all plywood, then veneered everything. If you re interested in that rout I could show you pictures.

- LeeRoyMan


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