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I am trying to make this for my husband. Here is a picture of the couch sleeve table and a link to an online retailer that makes these (for an insane amount! Cant afford that so trying to make my own)

Here is the link with isntructions, the seller says they use laminate https://www.etsy.com/listing/1020484...rap-solid-wood

My question is this, how do I go about creating this if I am only so-so at woodworking? Should I laminate the sides, use dowels, use a miter saw and glue? Obviously, doesnt need to be that sturdy, just resting a glass on there. Any assistance would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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Before anybody can offer any advise on how to make it, we need to know one important thing: what tools do you have at your disposal?

I need cheaper hobby
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If you don't have any tools you would be cheaper to pay your $195 and go on. I would build you one for about 1/4 that much plus shipping.
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Hi,

I am trying to make this for my husband. Here is a picture of the couch sleeve table and a link to an online retailer that makes these (for an insane amount! Cant afford that so trying to make my own)

Here is the link with isntructions, the seller says they use laminate https://www.etsy.com/listing/1020484...rap-solid-wood

My question is this, how do I go about creating this if I am only so-so at woodworking? Should I laminate the sides, use dowels, use a miter saw and glue? Obviously, doesnt need to be that sturdy, just resting a glass on there. Any assistance would be appreciated!

Thanks!
Laminate would be more water resistant but would make it more difficult for you in many ways. It takes special tools and training all it's own. You would need to purchase a router and laminate trimmer bits and they have to be set up very exact. Then once the laminate is trimmed the edges need to be filed to finish it out and it's real easy to over file it.

The easiest way you could make that would be to make it out of plywood and veneer tape the edges of the plywood. You can purchase veneer tape at most lumber companies that has hot melt glue on the edge of it. You cut the veneer to a rough length and use a hot iron to apply the veneer. Then you can take a utility knife and trim it to fit and sand the rest. If you don't have the means or ability to miter the corners of the pieces you could just glue and nail it together. Once you get it ready to finish you could use an oil based polyurethane and it should be water resistant for your needs.
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Thanks everyone for your input. Sounds like this would be a bit over my head.
@hwebb99 is that a serious offer because I am interested...not sure what the shipping would run me, but if you can recreate this piece exactly like that, in cherry wood. Let's talk!
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Where are you located? There might be someone on here who lives near you and who'd be willing to help you make this.

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That would be amazing if I could connect with someone who would be willing to do this. I live in Brooklyn but would be going home to NW Indiana/Chicago area for Xmas. So, would be up for either location (including area a drive away just outside of NYC).
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Laminate would be more water resistant but would make it more difficult for you in many ways. It takes special tools and training all it's own. You would need to purchase a router and laminate trimmer bits and they have to be set up very exact. Then once the laminate is trimmed the edges need to be filed to finish it out and it's real easy to over file it.

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Read the speel, they are using the word "laminate" in place of "joint", as it sounds more technical, the entire page is a classic case of selling the sizzle instead of the steak.

It is a great idea, but extremely over-priced, I am sure someone can come up with a reasonable solution for the OP.

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