the frame of this coffee table is made from plywood. it could be "skinned" with just about any material. this is the second time i made this piece. the first one i used thin short "scraps" of reclaimed wood and assembled it patchwork.
this table is 4-foot square (butcould be any size) and features hidden storage. for a simpler version, just make four, solid sides. remember, when assembling the plywood sub-structure, you don't need to do fancy joinery or miters on the edges as none of it will be exposed.
since i work exclusively with reclaimed (unfortunately the plywood was new) i chose glue and square-cut nails to assemble the top layer, part of the look and a simple joining choice for "clamping" the boards together while the glue dried.
i treated the top with a two-part epoxy ("bar-top") to fill in some of the cracks and gaps, and help "glue" it all together. i then sanded off the shiny surface it creates (wear a mask!) and finished with a couple coats of satin, low voc water-based poly.
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