Make a Super Sofa Table

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Learn how to make the most of a small shop with this tip-packed project.

This contemporary table takes advantage of readily available materials and case joinery accomplished with splines and pocket screws. The frame’s strength comes from its core. Whereas a solid wood panel needs to float in order to accommodate seasonal changes in humidity, a plywood panel can be glued within the frame, essentially creating a single, solid assembly.

I used 1/2" primed plywood for the panels, and made the frames from stair treads, which I like because they’re made from clear, straight lumber, of the appropriate thickness. Alternatively you could mill your solid wood parts from 5/4 stock.

Note: The table’s dimensions can be adjusted to make a narrow hall table or short side table.

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