That can work. You can also put a solid oak band around the edge to make it
look solid wood, not ply. You can use a wider band to make it look thicker
also. Just be sure to get the alignment right so you don't sand through the
plywood veneer as it is very thin.
That is how I made the computer table and printer
table that I am currently using except that I made
the band wood 3/4" thick by 1" wide. A wider band,
as well as a thicker band, can improve appearance.
One caution, be sure that the plywood piece is
reasonably flat with no bumps from incorrectly
laid plies or the sanding problem will bite you.
And mark pieces so you always index from the face
side. Flip one piece and you will have a mess
because you can't sand much, or it will take you
forever trying to avoid sanding through the
plywood at joints.
Veneer edging would work fine, but you might also consider if it's mostly
straight line edges involved, a band of 1/2" or so thick hardwood. I've used
that method a number of times and it comes out quite nicely. Also makes for
a more durable edge when it comes to bumps and bangs that a veneer edge
might not be able to handle.
On Sun, 10 Sep 2006 19:57:44 -0500, "pawseyfamily"
Ply will work fine but you might want to use some type of pad if it
will actually be used for writing. Some veneer plywood can have voids
and it's possible to push a ball point pen right through it.
This may not be a problem with plywood. The veneer is so thin that the
pores aren't noticeable. (May in fact be filled by the glue.) One of the
reasons that oak plywood finishes differently from unfilled solid oak.
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