Constructing the ideal top

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The ideal tabletop has a 1- to Wi-inch-thick plywood core with plastic laminate on both sides. The dimensions of it. other than the thickness, arc pretty much irrelevant. It can be small enough (say, 14 inches by 24 inches) to use for a bench-top router table, or large enough (say. 48 inches by 30 inches) to serve also as a table saw outfecd (or as a multirouter workstation). The materials used and the method of construction remain the same.

1. Cut two pieces of plywood to size. Standard fir plywood is fine, but choose the sheet carcfully. The crowned face of each piece—regardless of its quality—must be oriented to the inside when you glue them together; this is how you create a flat, balanced top. Since either could end up as the work surface, both faces of each piece should be as smooth and defect-free as possible.

2. After assessing the pieces for crowning and face quality, spread yellow glue on what you've selected as the mating faces. Using a brush, roller, or makeshift trowel, put on a thin but thorough coating, avoiding dry spots. When both surfaces are ready, lay one carefully atop the other.

Plywood Picnictable Pattern

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