Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Community > Introductions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-12-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

New TO DIY and building a plywood table


Hi everyone,

I'm new to the site and also to DIY'ing. I'm a poor grad student moving into my first place and to save money I want to try to DIY a cheap but functional dining table. And I'm a little stuck!

My initial idea was 2x12x5' douglas fir boards clamped together with back supports but after calculating the weight, it looks like it would be about 50 pounds to lift and that's too heavy on my own.

So, I am considering the next best option - plywood. I have never worked with plywood before but I'm told it is strong yet flexible and not heavy to lift. I've also been told that over time it tends to sag if too much weight is put on it and that I should use wood supports underneath the plywood table top to strengthen it. I was planning to use 1x3 furring strip boards - maybe 10 of them on the back - because they are so cheap. But I don't know - are they strong enough for something like this? What dimension and type of lumber would be best to use? Legs, I figured I would just buy store bought and screw into the bottom of the plywood. It doesn't have to look professional at all, I'm actually going for a beachy, casual look.

Thanks for any advice!

brokedownpalace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: mid-Michigan, halfway between Flint and Lansing
Posts: 16
Rewards Points: 10
Default

New TO DIY and building a plywood table


I would first suggest Craigslist, you can find something usable for free or really cheap, and then refinish or paint it as you want. If you are intent on building it, then the main thing to support the bottom is something running in the opposite plane (the plywood table surface is horizontal, so you want something that is vertical).
You could use strips of plywood to stiffen the table top. If attached in an "X" underneath, plus around the edge, it would stiffen it plenty. I'm not sure of an easy way to attach it though, so for that reason, I would suggest using 1x4, or something along those lines.
Either way, using 10 strips would be overkill. A band around the outside will make it look nicer, and help stiffen it, and an "X" underneath will add all the support you need.

Smithingell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 124
Rewards Points: 75
Default

New TO DIY and building a plywood table


Sound like a beer pong table.

Do this, you will need 6 2x4x8 and 1 sheet of plywood and a pound of 3" deck screws and a pound of 1.5" screws. Cut 2 2x4s to 7'10" and 3 to 3'7" make a rectangle with the 3rd in the middle for more support. Now cut 3 legs 34" and screw it all together with 3' screws. Then put the plywood on top, you will have an inch overhang all the way around it. Screw that with the 1.5" screws
jsbuilders is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 124
Rewards Points: 75
Default

New TO DIY and building a plywood table


Sorry I think you will need 4 legs
jsbuilders is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 06:51 AM   #5
Electrical Contractor
 
Philly Master's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: SE PA
Posts: 1,137
Rewards Points: 500
Default

New TO DIY and building a plywood table


Hello and Welcome to the Forum !! ...
Philly Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 05:49 AM   #6
Tool Geek
 
PaliBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pacific Palisades CA
Posts: 2,524
Rewards Points: 2,024
Default

New TO DIY and building a plywood table


Welcome to the Forum
It is a good idea to include your location in your profile.
Also check out how to Post pictures in the How To section.

To add your location to your profile see more How-To

__________________
Disclaimer
& Stay Safe
.....Bob Lavery
PaliBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dining table, diy, plywood


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.