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Coffee table help

I want to make a coffee table for my next project so I went to Ashley furniture to get ideas and the wife liked the design in the photo attached. I started sweating cause I don't know how to do the exact same top. Legs and drawer don't think will be that hard. My question is how to make that top? I thought of using 1x6 pine with tongue and groove joint done with table saw ? easier way? as for the top edge how can I make it look thicker add a molding all the way around ? Maybe you guys have done something similar and wouldn't mind posting a picture. thanks
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Bread Board ends I thnk

It looks like the tables have a breadboard ends on them, or just look that way. They are not that complicated to do and have a good look , for me because of the contrast. Roy underhill did a piece on them( 2908 Harvard Side Table), you can watch it at the UNC pbs blog. Shows how it works
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The top can be done pretty easily. You could use 3/4" hardwood plywood for the field. For the border lumber, you can use 3/4" lumber and build up the edge to what you want. The long edge border can be just glued and clamped on first, and then the end pieces glued and clamped.

You could use a 1/4 round profile edge bit to do a radius on the edges.

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It could be cope and bead as well with a flat panel insert. Same method for making doors, rails and stiles but with a flush (floating panel in the field) to support wood movement. when you look closely at the first picture and top right corner, it looks like you can see the profile of the rail. Very easy to reproduce on your router table with rail and style bits.
Just a thought.

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