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post #1 of 4 Old 08-25-2016, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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West elm knock off table suggestions

My neighbor wants me to make her west elm knockoff table like the one in the picture. I think it shouldn't be too hard, west elm used a wood veneer for all of the planks. My question is where can I find a good wood veneer I can glue to a piece of plywood to create a varied planked look? I also considered glueing 1x4 planks to plywood and mitering all the edges to create a thick effect. But the veneer would be easier. Suggestions?
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Without proper veneering equipment I wouldn't consider veneer. They make peal and press veneer but I wouldn't trust that for a project needed to last more than a year. Save yourself a lot of grief and use solid wood.
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Make a set of "hollow" boxes using plywood and 2x4's. One for the top, one for the cross support and two for the legs. It's still going to be a heavy table, but not nearly as heavy as solid wood.

Use tape and different stains to mimic the different (woods) shades on the original.
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You could use flooring material as your veneer.
It comes in many designs, colors and thicknesses. The rough hewn look has almost no sheen to it.
Durable for a furniture piece.
I've glued it on using headless pins and very little clamping was needed.
I've also used parquet floor tiles for a veneer.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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