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Oak tabletop - solid lumber or plywood?

01-22-2009 10:07 PM by Tom O'Brien | 20 comments »

My daughter and I are building a table for her breakfast room. We would like to build the round oak table that’s featured in a recent American Woodworker magazine. But that one’s made with a lot of solid oak, requiring major amounts of rough-lumber processing. I would like to make the 46 inch diameter top from 3/4 inch oak plywood, because (1) it will be more stable than built-up solid wood, (2) I can make leaves with matching grain, and (3) total building time will be less (we have 8 evenings to get this done at the local high school woodshop). The apron of this tabletop is laminated from thin slices of oak, bent to a radius of 20 inches or so. I don’t think th...

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