Revived Lack TV table
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Materials: 1/4" poplar planks and pine lattice, miter box, saw, liquid nails, finishing nails, onyx stain, tung oil finish
Description: My TV dug a huge gouge in my Lack TV table. Rather than throw it away or replace the top slab, I opted to cover it with poplar.
Since I don't have a huge array of woodworking tools, I had to pick board sizes that required minimal cutting. I went with 2.5" pine lattice and 6" poplar planks - both 1/4" in thickness.
I put the pine on the sides first with liquid nail adhesive. I also put a random nail or two in place to compensate for bends and bows. I mitered the sides, but I'm not sure if this made a noticeable difference in the final look.
Next, I put the poplar on the top, covering the pine lattice, and trimmed to create staggered joints. It wouldn't have been a bad idea to cut and place the pieces before gluing so I could have a more random pattern. The boards got held down with a healthy bead of glue and tacked in place to smooth out the considerable bowing. I tried to select the flattest pieces of wood, but even small curves become noticeable when butted up against another board.
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