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DK75 01-04-2007 02:32 PM

Ottoman Wooden Top
I have an ottoman in the living that matches the sectional couch. It is covered in fabric. We were thinking of making a hard top for this to use it more for a table or surface. Any ideas or suggestions on building a top that could easily be placed on the surface to convert from a soft to a hard top????

My initial thoughts included a piece of nice plywood cut to size and using a router on the edges wtih a coat of stain/polyurethane.

It is roughly 32" square.

majakdragon 01-04-2007 03:59 PM

You can do what you mentioned except I am not sure the plywood would hold up to routing the edges. I would think about using the plywood with a border of a solid wood and the edging you desire. Birch plywood would be my choice. Perhaps some 2" wide by the same thickness wood as the plywood. Since the ottoman matches the sofa, you may want to also think about making some semi-fancy legs and use it "over" the ottoman rather than attaching it permanently to it. Just a thought.

DK75 01-04-2007 04:38 PM

I thought about using a piece of plywood and attaching a hard wood edge that would take to the routing better. I am not sure the best way to attach this to the plywood....finishing nails, glue, both????

I was thinking of just a top surface that could easily slide into the closet or behind the entertainment center when we want to use this for relaxing. If we play cards, game, etc, I can pull it out and set it on top of the ottoman.

THanks for the advice. Actually this project is more of a task to get me in the garage and find something to do with my tools and creativity.

Take Care

majakdragon 01-04-2007 04:46 PM

Assuming the top of the ottoman is not so thick that it would cause rocking of the plywood sitting on top of it (not using legs) , you could use plywood and an iron-on edging. If you go with the hardwood edging, use a good glue and clamp it until dry. Nails and screws are normally used to hold the pieces together until the glue sets. I have been using the new Elmers glue that is equal to Gorilla glue for my projects. I like it.

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