Plywood Alliance Table

Using knockdown furniture designs this plywood alliance table is perfect for small spaces.

  • The plywood Alliance Table is a clever assembly of parts that are cut out and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
    Pencil rendering by Michael Gellatly
  • A compass made with a yardstick can draw radii up to about 36". Use an extra piece of stock material, if necessary, to draw a centerline for the compass's pivot point.
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  • "PlyDesign" by Philip Schmidt offers 73 distinctive and inexpensive DIY designs for all living spaces, ages and levels of craftsmen.
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Anyone looking for versatile, modern and inexpensive furniture has to look no further than PlyDesign (Storey Publishing, 2012) by Philip Schmidt. Schmidt, a former carpenter, offers toys, games and furnishings suited for everyone. Each design is crafted using plywood, or a number of other readily available sheet materials. The following excerpt provides an easy to disassemble plywood alliance table that's perfect for small spaces.

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Plywood Alliance Table

Designed by Fawn Brokaw

Like many of the best knockdown furniture designs, the Alliance Table is a clever assembly of parts that are cut out and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Here, cutting out the round tabletop forms the large, semicircular cutouts on the legs, while cutting the two smaller arches on the legs produces cutouts that become a stabilizing disk on the bottom of the tabletop. The entire work is produced from a single 2 x 4-foot piece of 1/2” plywood, a precut size commonly available in home centers and building supply stores. With a little bit of figuring, the Alliance Table design can be scaled up or down to accommodate different table dimensions or sheet materials. And, as if this concept weren’t clever enough, it’s just as easy to create two sets of legs and add a large oval top to create a sofa table or console table.



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