I wish to build a 48 by 60 inch table of birch or maple. I would normally use
solid materials for the top but the size and cost of birch or maple ($5.25 per
As a result, I plan to use baltic birch with a 3 inch birch trim on the outside
edges of the plywood. When attaching the trim to edge how do I ensure the top
surface of the trim is even with the surface of the plywood. I have made table
tops like this before (that is, plywood with an edge trim) but have not yet
achieved an even surface. In the worst case I have attempted to sand them even
and, of course, sanded thru the hardwood outer layer of the plywood.
How have you achieved an even surface that did not need sanding?? I had
thought to weight the plywood and edge pieces face down on a known flat surface
and use buscuits to get strength. Problem there is that I wont know if I have
an even top surface until the glue has set.
What about tongue and groove edges? It seems with this method I can do a trial
assembly and determine if the surfaces are even BEFORE gluing.
I have no experience with ether bisquits or tongue and groove for this
I'm sure many of you have had success. How did you do it??